Treating enlarged facial pores – new treatments

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Acne Treatments, Rosacea Skin Care, swelling with 2 Comments

Cutis has a recent article that seeks to address a common condition amoungst acne and rosacea sufferers – visibly enlarged facial pores. This condition can have a negative effect on rosacea sufferers’ quality of life, and traditionally is hard to treat.

Enlarged Facial Pores: An Update on Treatments

Cutis. 2016 July;98(1):33-36.

The article covers possible therapies in 3 main areas. Note that many of these treatments may be too harsh for rosacea sufferers.

Topical Therapies

  • Topical Retinoids
  • Tazarotene
  • Tretinoin
  • copper chlorophyllin complex sodium salt (CHLcu) and tetra-hydro-jasmonic acid (LR2412).
  • Chlorophyllin copper complex sodium salt
  • Tetra-hydro-jasmonic acid

Chemical Peels

Oral Therapies

  • antiandrogens, such as combined oral contraceptives, spironolactone, and cyproterone acetate

Lasers, Radiofrequency, and Ultrasound Devices

  • intense focused ultrasound using a 3-mm transducer
  • nonablative 1440-nm diode fractional laser received

See the article Enlarged Facial Pores: An Update on Treatments for more information

Dr. Linda Sy had some thoughts on visible pore size in 2008.

Enlarged Pores, Sebum Buildup

Pores can appear enlarged if filled with sebum & keratinized cells. When the epithelial cells are exfoliated or the sebum production is inhibited (example: by topical tretinoin or accutane rx), the pores appear smaller.

Therefore, any rx that will reduce accumulation of sebum & keratin in the pores, will most likely help reduce the size. From your description of dry rough texture in the nasolabial folds, you may also have seborrheic dermatitis. I suggest that you discuss this possibility with your dermatologist.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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2 Reader Comments

  1. Hi David,

    I have enlarged facial pores but i’m not treating them myself as I seek the help of a dermatologist first because I am afraid it will worsen if I do the treatment. Seeking the help of a professional dermatologist is the best way to know the proper treatment for enlarge pores.

  2. Jenny S. says:


    I prefer making DIY skincare recipes when treating enlarge pores. On the other hand, I am considering laser treatment because DIY skincare recipes is acting very slow but is safe though. Will seek the help of a professional first.

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