Pores are tiny openings in your skin that allow the oil glands to lubricate and protect the surface of your skin. During puberty pores enlarge when oil glands in your skin begin to produce more oil. Pores are most noticeable around your nose and cheeks because that area has more oil glands per square inch than anywhere else. Excessive oil, dirt and dead skin cells can clog and stretch pores, often resulting in acne.

Using a gentle cleanser like Skin Dimensions, SB Blue Cleanser can help keep your pores clean without over drying or irritating your skin; if your skin becomes too dry it will produce even more oil. Pores usually stay enlarged until middle age when they may start to shrink and become less noticeable. Lumenis laser treatments, available at Soderstrom Skin Institute, may help shrink pore size.

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