A nice piece in the New York Times reported on the front line battle against pores. Understand that pores are an anatomic feature of normal skin. They do not represent an infection, a tumor, or anything bad. They are just there. There for the duration, I might add.
The reality is that, even with the most aggressive and ambitious wrinkle removal process, such as the deep chemical skin peel, or CO2 laser, pores are immune to these soldiers. As the article points out, pore size is genetic. Often, on the face, there are some areas where the pores are very obvious, and in other areas, they are less obvious.
It is accepted that what is possible is to reduce the visibility by good skin hygiene, including classic “facials.” There are many products that aid the esthetician (skin care specialist) in clearing the pores of debris, including oil and dead skin. Some people will require facial treatments more often than others.
My final word of advice is beware of pricey high-tech treatments that proclaim that they can erase or smooth out pores. There is no magic bullet! So, remember, if you are really game, you could be underwhelmed by the result.
- Robert Kotler, MD, FACS