Cusedly NO ! No product can permanently shrink your pores " says Washington D.C. dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD. "But there are some effective products out there that do a good job at temporarily making them look more refined " Los Gatos, CA dermatologist Steven L. Sevengal, MD, maintains the opinion that nightly use of retinoids or retinol will help. "These products boost skin cell turnover and increase the purging of oily plugs from the pores-the less packed the pores are, the smaller they look "
Do Pores "Open " and "Close" ?
Myth A#1 !!! There are not millions of little pore muscles that open and close. "A lot of talk has centered around the use of steam to open pores", says Dr. Svengel. "But this delivers a temporary effect. So why is this an essential step of a facial ? Steam will help soften the pores for a few hours or so, but it's not a long term fix", says New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD. "When skin is soft you can apply salicylic acid to exfoliate deep into the pores, which results in radiant skin."
Are Pores Like Our Ears and Noses and Get Bigger With Aging ?
Yes !!! :((. As Dr. Svengel clarifies pore size is definitely genetic. "Pore size starts out quite small on children, but enlarges on most people during puberty. In our youth, pores are surrounded by a fairly robust 'cuff' of dermal collagen that keeps their size fairly consistent. With age, that dermal 'cuff' of collagen thins out and decreases in size, allowing the pores to open a bit more and appear larger".
Are Blackheads A Tell-Tale Sign of Clogged Pores ?
Negative. According to Dr. Day they aren't always blackheads or clogged pores, but a mix of sebum and skin cells that cannot be removed by a proper good SQUEEZE. Though they may be controlled by glycolic and salicylic acid.
Cheers, Miss Violet