How to Minimize the Appearance of Large Pores

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Ever since the day I launched this problem/solution-oriented blog my husband has been full of beauty questions. His friends would love to know this fact.

But, his questions (well, some of them anyway) are pretty universal. For instance, a couple of weeks ago he asked me what he could do to make his pores less obvious. First off, I was thrilled he even noticed that his pores were somewhat obvious. I’ve clearly trained him well. And then I thought, that’s a great question, and one that so many men and women would like to know the answer to, right? I think so. That’s when I decided to have celebrity skin expert Kate Somerville weigh in on the topic.

When it comes to pores, “size is more or less genetic, and unless you do a series of pretty intense laser treatments and peels, it’s not realistic to get rid of sizable ones,” says Somerville. “However, even if you didn’t inherit large pores, they can get bigger as you age due to loss of elasticity,” and will also look more obvious if you have dead skin cells built up around them, she says.

That’s why it’s “important to clear them and tighten your skin to keep your complexion looking as smooth as possible,” she adds.

So, how can you do this? Well, Somerville says that in addition to proper cleansing and moisturizing, you should use “products with gentle acids (such as lactic or glycolic) a few times a week.” Or try Retin-A, which “is also great for keeping pores clear and stimulating collagen and elastin to tighten pores over time,” she says. Ones to try:

Kinara Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum, $70

Mario Badescu Skin Care Glycolic Acid Toner, $18. Or see your dermatologist for a Retin-A prescription.

If those methods aren’t enough to make your pores less visible, “Laser Genesis is great for … issues such as large pores,” says Somerville. Laser Genesis is a noninvasive laser technology that uses near infrared light and heat to get down to the dermis to stimulate collagen production and healthy skin growth. She calls it her “‘skin polisher'” since it also smoothes out the surface layers of your skin. This will cost you though. Sessions cost $300 (on average — depending on where your location and spa of choice), and you’ll need a series of five or six-ish treatments to see a marked difference.

We’ll start my husband off with the glycolic and lactic acid treatments and take it from there …

If you have a skin care question you’d like to have an expert answer? Tell me about it by commenting on this post.

7 Replies to “How to Minimize the Appearance of Large Pores”

  1. Hey! As a follow up to this pore question, I would like to know how to cover up pores (if you cant seem to get rid of them) without further clogging them, do you have any makeup suggestions?


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