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Advice on Pores from Skin Care Expert Dr. Gervaise

Pores 101: The Basics You Should Know About Pores

Finally, a guide to understanding the pores on your skin from our skincare expert, Dr. Gervaise. Learn about basic skin care for reducing pores, including what facial pores are and what causes people to have large pores.

Pores are small openings in the skin where the body’s natural oil (sebum) is released from sebaceous glands. Pores are also home to all of the follicles of hair that grow on your body.

Pore size is determined by genetics. If your parents had large pores in their teens and 20's, you're more likely to have large pores, too. There are additional factors that impact pore size as well, such as aging and oily skin. Our pores tend to get bigger and become more visible with age as the skin begins to lose its elasticity. Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive sebum. Excessive sebum in the pores becomes heavy and thick in texture, causing clogged pores, blackheads, and dead skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin, which leads to large, visible pores.

If large pores are a concern, which is common among women, there are ways to prevent them from becoming clogged and stretched. Read “Frequently Asked Questions about Pores and Facial Care” to learn how Dr. Gervaise recommends shrinking pores.

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