Pores cannot be shrunken permanently, but there are certain steps you can take to temporarily reduce their size and appearance. Here's a list of options I often give my patients. While most of these treatments are traditionally used to treat acne, they're applicable to just about anyone with oily skin and concerns about pore size.
Comedone extraction - Sterile instruments are used by a skin care professional to open and clean out comedones, commonly referred to as blackheads and whiteheads. This process of deep pore cleaning reduces the chance of developing acne scaring and minimizes the appearance of larger and more pronounced pores often seen on the forehead and chin.
SkinMedica Acne System - The salicylic acid found in the Acne Treatment Foaming Wash and Acne Treatment Toner promotes gentle exfoliation and therefore prevents pores from clogging up. Acne Treatment lotion, a benzoyl peroxide-based therapeutic treatment lotion, has the ability to absorb oil from the surface of the skin.
Smoothbeam - This FDA-approved laser treatment is primarily used to treat acne, but I have found it to be beneficial to my patients with oily skin and enlarged pores.
And let's not forget my favorite pore solution ... loose the magnifying mirror! If that doesn't work, talk to your skin care professional about which of the options listed above might work best for you and your unique skin care needs.