Seeking “Porefection”

Got pores? Everyone does. Yet rarely have I encountered a patient who didn't think their pores were way too big. Pores are the passageway through which oils are released onto the skin. Body temperature is in part controlled by the release of sweat through the pores, too. Pores always accompany a hair follicle, so wherever there is hair, there will be a pore. Under ideal circumstances, pores should barely be visible.

Got pores? Everyone does. Yet rarely have I encountered a patient who didn't think their pores were way too big. Pores are the passageway through which oils are released onto the skin. Body temperature is in part controlled by the release of sweat through the pores, too. Pores always accompany a hair follicle, so wherever there is hair, there will be a pore. Under ideal circumstances, pores should barely be visible.

Life takes a toll upon the skin. Excessive amounts of oil, dead skin cells, residual make-up and environmental debris builds up within pores, stretching them similar to stretching a rubber band. Chronic sun damage and the natural loss of 1% of the skin's collagen every year after the age of 40 weakens the naturally tight pore closure, further exaggerating their appearance. The same conditions also often lead to the formation of blackheads. This is one more reason pores become noticeable.


Digital airbrushing has created unrealistic complexion expectations. Skin in real life does not look airbrushed. Everyone is born with their own uniquely programmed pore size. While it is impossible to alter this genetically predetermined pore diameter, their enlarged appearance can certainly be minimized. Skin care is the mainstay for minimizing the visibility of those large pores. These are the steps you need to take if you find yourself afflicted by large pores that you just haven't been able to fix:

Remove excessive surface oils Use oil- absorbing mattifiers that contain synthetic polymers which soak up excess surface oils like tiny sponges. 

Use non-comedogenic skin care products These formulations won't clog pores. The phrase non-comedogenic should be clearly marked on the product packaging.

Skip the spackle Don't hide large pores under heavy silicone primers that smother skin; this leads to even larger pores.

Unplug or remove any blackheads Exfoliating scrubs, comedone extractors and blemish busters can all be useful.

Clean out the debris & smooth out edges Pore minimizers should contain one or more of these ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol. Consider using a skin cleansing ultrasonic brush or tool.

Reduce sun damage Wear an oil free SPF 30 daily

Pores rapidly respond to tender loving care and proper skincare maintenance. Opt for clean, healthy pores and watch them snap back just like letting go of the stretched rubber band.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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