The difference between a dull complexion and a porcelain smooth complexion is large, unsightly pores. Enlarged pores on the face are a very frustrating problem for many people. This common skin concern means the skin is prone to forming blackheads and acne, making pores often stand out and become more noticeable when makeup is applied. Treatment in the past has been mainly directed towards drying agents to reduce oil production in the skin. These treatments do help, but they are a short term solution and don’t change the structure of the skin in a way to reduce pore size permanently.
Pores play a vital role in skin physiology. After all, without them we’d have nowhere for hair to grow out of, no method for skin oils to reach the surface, protecting skin from environmental dehydration. Skin pores are not invisible and everyone has them. The question is how best to minimize their appearance.
The pore is little more than the opening of the hair follicle onto the surface of the skin. The source of the hair follicle lies deep within the dermis. Midway up the dermal layer, the sebaceous oil gland empties into the hair follicle. Both skin oil (sebum) and the hair breach the surface through this tiny aperture. Wherever there is a hair, there will be a pore.