Complements Minimize pore appearance with these easy tips


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

How can I shrink my pores? Can my pores get any smaller? These are questions I am asked weekly by clients. I’m sorry to say that pore size is genetically determined and you can’t make your pores physically smaller. However, there are some tricks that can help minimize the appearance of them.

Since pore size is determined primarily on genes and skin type, you can thank mom and dad if your pores are a problem area. Typically, fair skinned people have smaller pores, while people with dark and olive skin tones have larger pores. If you have dry skin, your pores are less visible and if you have oilier skin then your pores are more visible. Several other factors can widen your pores such as smoking, picking and squeezing at your skin. Additionally, sun exposure lessens your collagen, causing pores to appear larger.

Pores are more noticeable on your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), where the sebaceous glands are bigger. There are a few things you can do to help pores appear smaller:

Keep pores clear. Remove your makeup every night and keep your skin clean.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliating your skin is crucial because it removes dead skin cells from the surface, which clears away clogged pores.

Use pore minimizing makeup products and cleansers. Certain makeup products, such as primers, can help reduce pore appearance. Skin cleansers with salicylic acid will help prevent oil production and minimize pore size. Retinol products are also great, because retinol will create a faster skin cell turnover time, reducing the pore size.

In-office treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels are another great way to unclog the pores and minimize pore size. To learn more about treatment options at Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, contact our office at 814.231.7878 or email