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Large Pores

There is no permanent solution for treating enlarged pores. Treatments can temporarily reduce pore size to make them less noticeable. Multiple treatments can prolong the results.

Chemical Peels Recommended For Large Pores
Name Description Cost
AHA peel AHA peels can use a variety of chemicals to peel the skin, but glycolic acid is the optimal ingredient for reducing pore size. AHA peels can contain from 30% up to 70% glycolic acid—the...more Though it’s not possible to shrink your pores permanently, frequent AHA peels can keep them...more
BHA peel BHA peels are a good treatment for large pores because the chemicals are lipid-soluble, meaning they are attracted to your skin’s oils. BHA peels are largely composed of salicylic acid, a...more BHA peels costs $100 to $450 each, though several BHA peels can be purchased as a package to...more
TCA peel The TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is a medium depth chemical peel that can reduce enlarged pores. TCA not only exfoliates, it also strengthens the skin’s infrastructure by building collagen. TCA peels cost anywhere from $300 to $1,200 depending on the strength of the solution and...more
Obagi blue peel Large pores can generally be treated with a lighter Obagi blue peel, meaning fewer layers are used. The Obagi blue peel is a TCA peel – with a twist. The chemical solution is applied in...more Treatment of large pores with the Obagi blue peel costs $300 to $800, but enlarged pores...more
Jessners peel Large pores cannot be permanently eliminated, so while the Jessners peel can be effective for treatment of enlarged pores, the results are not permanent. You’ll need to return for multiple...more The Jessners peel can minimize enlarged pores for $100 to $500 per treatment.

Microdermabrasion For Large Pores
Name Description Cost
Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion cannot actually shrink pore size, but it may unplug pores that are clogged with dead skin cells and oils. Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin, getting rid of dead skin...more Microdermabrasion helps to exfoliate oil and dead skin cells from the skin, which makes...more

Facials For Large Pores
Name Description Cost
Facials Facials can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Pores expand naturally with age, making it easier for dirt to get trapped inside. A facial is meant to remove unwanted oil and...more Most traditional facials cost about $80. Specialized facials intended to tighten pores cost...more

Recommended Non-Laser Light Therapy For Large Pores
Name Description Cost
Isolaz Isolaz combines intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy with vacuum suctioning to clean out large pores, extracting bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells. Isolaz can be used on most parts of the...more Isolaz costs approximately $500 per treatment.
LED skin treatment Light emitting diode (LED) therapy stimulates collagen to shrink skin pores. Of the available LEDs, red light is the best for treating oily skin, as it encourages cell turnover, and reduces...more LED skin treatments cost $100 to $500.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) Photodynamic therapy (PDT) treats enlarged pores clogged with oil. By destroying the bacteria and oils within the pores, PDT may lessen pore inflammation. PDT is best for light skin. ...more Treatments cost between $550 and $800. Two to five treatment sessions may be needed to see results.

Laser Treatments For Large Pores By definition, lasers generally improve the texture of the skin by increasing collagen production. Lasers may refine large pores, but they are not a primary treatment.
Name Description Cost
Ablative laser skin resurfacing Fractional CO2 lasers, such as the Active FX, directly affect the surface of the skin, peeling off the top layer. They also increase collagen production below the surface. Fractional lasers...more Fractional laser treatment costs up to $2,500 per treatment.
Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing The Lux1540 erbium laser is a good fractional non-ablative laser for increasing collagen and reducing pore size. Fraxel re:store is another laser that may temporarily minimize pores. ...more Treatments cost up to $1,500.

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
Dermal fillers Fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse cannot make pores look smaller. Sorry!
Ablative laser skin resurfacing Ablative lasers without a fractional element are far too aggressive for minimizing pore size. Non-fractional ablative lasers damage all skin, leaving the surface pink for at least a month afterward.