7 Healthcast: Pores
To do that, she is getting treated with the Genesis Laser.
"We get rid of wrinkles, we make your skin glow, we it smoother, we make makeup application go on better and we shrink the pores," said dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman.
Others flock to drug and department stores looking for the perfect pore minimizer.
"They want to minimize their pores so their makeup goes on smoother, they look younger," said pharmacy employee Erica Corhan.
But pores are a fact of life- conduits for oil that keep your skin soft and hydrated.
Dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz says unfortunately, just like the circle expands as this balloon is filled with air, pores enlarge when they're clogged with excess oil.
"The large pores create shadows and darkness, they create an uneven texture instead of a smooth reflective texture, they can look dull, matte and when the pores are enlarged enough you actually get a cobblestone or bumpy or what we call a port orange or orange skin effect," Dr. Schultz said.
Schultz says micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels are effective treatments for shrinking pores back down to size.
"Exfoliation helps a lot, and you can do at-home micro-dermabrasion systems which make the pores look better as well," Dr. Jaliman said.
At-home skincare systems don't have to cost a lot of money, either, many products are available for less than $10.
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