Enlarged Pores

Enlarged or open pores can be tricky to treat – and most people who feel they have tried everything, end up using products that exacerbate the problem.

While the size of our pores is largely determined by hereditary factors, some pores on our faces tend to be larger than others due to the size of the hair follicle and oil gland. Barely visible on those prone to drier skin, individuals with oily, thicker skin tend to have larger, more noticeable pores. Excessive sun exposure can also cause the pore wall to slacken, resulting in larger-looking pores, while poor exfoliation and the build-up of dead skin cells can contribute to their appearance.

At 23MD, we treat open pores through a combination of medical-grade facials such as Hydrafacial® and Mesoesthetic Peels®, which help to exfoliate and dissolve debris inside the pores. Dermalux® LED Phototherapy and Microneedling can also help to tighten the pore walls, resulting in a more refined-looking complexion.

 If you have any questions or wish to book a consultation, please contact us on 020 7078 0203.


woman seeking treatment for enlarged pores

What causes enlarged pores?

Everyone has pores – they’re necessary for the secretion of sweat and sebum (i.e. oil that protects the skin). However, it’s very easy for these pores to become clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. This usually happens as a result of excessive sebum production. Effectively, the sebum stretches the pore, making it look much bigger. Decreased elasticity around the pore – often caused by sun exposure and the skin’s natural ageing process – can also add to the problem.

Are enlarged pores genetic?

Yes, more often than not, enlarged pores are hereditary. If your parents have naturally large pores, you’re likely to have large pores too. Genes can also determine the activity level of your sebaceous gland – which is why some people produce significantly more sebum than others and, as such, have oilier skin. Men are also genetically predisposed to have larger pores than women.

Is it possible to shrink enlarged pores?

Unfortunately, enlarged pores are permanent. It’s impossible for a skin

product to change the actual structure or size of your pores – but you can make them appear smaller. Treatments such as Hydrofacial® and Mesoesthetic Peels® exfoliate the skin and clean out dirt, oil and dead skin cells. This can help to improve the skin’s surface – particularly if used in conjunction with Microneedling – making it look brighter and smoother and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.

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