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Dr Anjali Mahto is a highly respected and renowned medical and cosmetic consultant dermatologist in London, as well as the author of best-selling book The Skincare Bible.

Her chapter about pores is a must-read for everyone.

The biggest myth I hear about pores is that you can change their size. I’ve lost count of how many times on Instagram I see cosmetic doctors, bloggers and glossy magazines, mistakenly reporting that a product or treatment opens pores or shrinks pores. Pores do not have muscles around the outside that they can contract or relax to change their size.

Pores are tiny openings in the skin that house hair follicles, with a sebaceous gland beneath them. These sebaceous glands are responsible for creating the oil that keeps our skin soft and comfortable. Pores are the channel within which this sebum (or oil) travels. WIthout them, skin would quickly become dry and flaky.


Whilst poor size itself can’t be changed. There are a number of methods to help reduce the appearance of size, the scientific evidence is limited and few people have carried out large clinical trials, but there are a number of methods commonly used by cosmetic dermatologist that can make poles less visible.

These are:
☔ Retinoid cream
☔ Chemical peels
☔ Oral medications
☔ Lasers, radio-frequency and ultrasound devices

Please do your own research and speak to your doctor or dermatologist before trying any of these methods. Just by having a good skin care regime and keeping your pores clear and calm will automatically lead you to them appearing as minimised as possible for you. Oh and I urge you to by Anjali’s book, its fab!