How to Minimize Your Pores

Pore-Minimizing Procedures

Although many at-home remedies are effective at reducing the appearance of enlarged pores, people often seek professional help when treating their skin. There are a number of medical procedures that can reduce the size of pores and keep your skin looking healthy. A recent study found that fractional photothermolysis -- a form of laser therapy -- is successful in not just treating acne scars but also temporarily decreasing the size of pores [source: Cho]. The procedure removes outer layers of skin and clears debris from pores, cleaning them out and minimizing the dilation that comes with blockage [source: Northington].

A similar treatment to laser therapy is microdermabrasion, a process that uses a vacuum-like suction with miniature crystals sprayed over the skin. The crystals erode the outer layers of skin, while the vacuum removes dead skin cells and oils that may block pores. It's similar to a chemical peel, in which an acid is spread across the skin to wear away the rough outer layers [source: University of Michigan]. With both microdermabrasion and chemical peels, repeated treatments are often necessary to achieve the best results.

Although the scientific community hasn't fully embraced it and few comprehensive tests exist, many people with enlarged pores are turning to facial rejuvenation through acupuncture, a treatment in which tiny needles are inserted into specific points on the body. During acupuncture, blood flow increases in the skin of the face, which helps improve muscle tone and tightens enlarged pores and sagging skin. Additionally, some experts believe that facial rejuvenation acupuncture stimulates new cell growth and reduces the buildup of harmful elements in the skin [source: Kecskes].

Although it's always a good idea to at least consult with a dermatologist, you may not want to spend the time, money and effort necessary to receive medical treatment. Next, you'll read about some pore-minimizing options that fall between the extremes of home remedies and laser treatments.