Does Microdermabrasion Shrink Large Pores?

Is microdermabrasion good for large pores?

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Does Microdermabrasion Shrink Large Pores?

First and foremost, you are born with your pores and their size is predetermined so that nothing we do can actually shrink pore size. What we, as board-certified dermatologists do, is to help you reduce the appearance of your pores, and with a proper maintenance program and skin care program, we can have you with the appearance of reduced pores.

From a procedure point of view, microdermabrasion with skin care can do this, but other things might do it faster and perhaps better. These include the use of chemical peels, the use of fractional lasers and RF fractional devices, and the new RF needling devices that are part of some of the larger RF devices. Again, choosing the right doctor and having options is the best bet here for you and for your skin.

Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion No Help for Enlarged Pores


Such things as facials, masks, and microdermabrasion do not truly reduce pore size. Genes determine pore size and that is it.

There are a number of ways that you can reduce pore size but such reductions are temporary. Alcholol and a number of other substances can cause the arrectores pili muscles to pull and subsequently shrink the pore size for a short period of time. Similarly, anything that swells the tissue around the pore will cause them to temporarily shrink. A

Some of your alpha-hydroxy and betahhydroxy acids (glycolic and salicylic) are quite effective at this sort of pore shrinkage. Skinceuticals CE frulic is also adept at doing this.

Finally, a number of make-ups can deflect the eye away from pore size such as Cliniques pore-minimizer make-up. Keeping the pores clear of sebum and keratin will also make pores less pronounced. Your Retinoids (Tazarac, Differin, Retin A, Retinol etc.) will do this.

However, nothing can change the ultimate size of your pores.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
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Don't bother with microdermabrasion to shrink pores


Generally large pores are healthy although unsightly.

Microdermabrasion will do little do change the size of the pores.

From a non-surgical standpoint, Retinoids will diminish the activity of the sebaceous glands and may contribute to diminished pore size over the long term.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion cannot eradicate the cause of large pores

Although microdermabrasion cannot eradicate the cause of large pores, it can definitely help to unclog pores. Impacted pores cause the pores to stretch making them appear larger than they would appear if they were empty. Microdermabrasion helps to detoxify contaminate pores proving excellent results for patients with oily, large pores. In order to decrease pore size, you may also consider chemical peels and topical products.

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Microdermabrasion and Large Pores


Large pores are caused by a variety of factors including genetics, hormones, stress, environment, hygeine, and proliferative inflammatory conditions of the skin. When pores are clogged, they will become inflamed and may degenerate into whiteheads, comedones, blackheads, and pimples.

Although microdermabrasion cannot function to eradicate the causes of large pores, it can play an active role in unclogging pores. This detoxification of contaminated acneic type pores is healthy for the skin and consistently provides excellent results for patients with oily skin and large pores.

In order to decrease the size of the pores, you may also consider chemical peels and other topical products.

There is no single laser that is consistently and clinically effective in eradicating large pores.

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