I have large pores on my nose and chin, could you please advise

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Good day to you! Thanks so much for your enquiry.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately there is no cleanser or face wash that is going to be able to cure dilated pores. Once pores have been ‘stretched’ and dilated, there is no way of ‘shrinking them’ without using really active products and even incorporating some facial treatments in your skincare program. It’s also very difficult for me to tell you exactly WHAT treatments to incorporate without being able to see exactly how severe the problem is.

There are some cleansers on the market that are mildly resurfacing and these will help to an extent, but won’t necessarily ‘cure the problem”. These include products like Neostrata’s Foaming Glycolic Wash, or Nimue’s Cleanser and Conditioner. So using a cleanser that will keep those dilated pores free of forming more blockages and also mildly resurfaces on an on-going basis will certainly help. I would also suggest an active product that will stimulate the skin’s dermal functions, such as a growth factor serum or moisturiser (serums are generally more active so if you are able to use one of these that would be great). Something like Skin Medica’s Recovery Complex or Lamelle’s Dermaheal Serum.

Then on an on-going basis, to prevent this situation from getting any worse, you MUST make sure you use a good broad spectrum SPF every single day. The more your skin is exposed to the sun while unprotected, the worse it will get.

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. Hess

    Nice products listed, sure some facials could also help.

    4 years ago •

  1. steenkamp

    article made a lot of sense and put some stuff in perspective for me.

    4 years ago •

  1. karis

    i’ve recently started taking better care of my skin , investing in a basic cleanser and toner as well a lancome day cream (spf 30) and found that my pores are a lot smaller and less noticeable now as a result. thanks for the great advice

    4 years ago •

  1. Simimano

    Sounds like some good products to check out there. Certain brands have been promising things they simply can’t live up to…At least this is the truth.

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    Why is it that some pores are bigger than others?

    4 years ago •

  1. Atisha

    Some companies have false advertising – saying that pores will disappear!

    4 years ago •

  1. Claire

    This is something that I have always wondered about.. Thank you for this article, really informative and helpful.

    4 years ago •

  1. **Pixieminx**

    interesting article. Thanks

    4 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Good article, found it very interesting.

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I use a clay mask from Victorian Garden, works like a charm

    5 years ago •

  1. sbu

    I have heard that enlarged pores are caused by oiliness on the skin so I would advise to use foam or gel cleanser,alcohol based toner but like dr maureen said “It’s very difficult to tell you exactly WHAT treatments to incorporate without being able to see exactly how severe the problem is”. With my experience I used alcohol based toner, used granular exfoliator 3 times a week and used non creamy products on my skin and now it is better looking…..

    5 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Chemical peels should help for enlarged pores. They are strong enough and most probably will lead to visible results.

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Ladies do yourself a favour and opt for going for a fruit acid peel. The Charlotte Rhys fruit acid peel is just absolutely amazing for soft and toned skin!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    After reading this article; I decided I’m going to start using Sunblock regularly!

    5 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    If you’re looking for something that will help conceal them, maybe have a look into Benefit’s POREfessional. Youtube gurus rave about it!

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Very interesting! I need a non-oily sun block to use on my face under my make up!

    5 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    I really wanna go for an acid peel! But will try above first!

    5 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    Wow, I never realized enlarged pores was something that was caused, I thought it was just genetic. Interesting!

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Thanks, I’m contemplating going for chemical peels

    5 years ago •

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