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Pores are the very tiny holes in the skin that hair comes out of and allow for the release of oil and sweat. Pores always have oil in them (that’s how our skin becomes moisturized naturally) and normally appear as dark dots in the hair follicles. When the pores become clogged, they appear as skin colored or black small bumps or indentations on the skin. Part of the acne process is when your pores become clogged.

Common Causes of changes in your pores:

  • Environment: A hot, humid environment that causes a person to sweat.

  • Genetics: Simply put, some patients have larger pores than others.

  • Hormones: Hormone fluctuations, especially during adolescence can temporarily increase pore size during this time.

  • Excessive Oil/Sebum Production: Sebum is the natural moisturize the skin makes. If too much sebum comes out at once, this can lead to clogged pore and sometimes lead to acne.

  • Dead Skin: The skin is constantly shedding and creating new skin cells. If these cells do not shed properly, this can promote clogged pores.

  • Excessive Washing: If you overly wash and scrub or exfoliate the skin, your pores can become irritated and appear larger and red.


At the Aesthetic and Dermatology Center, we have a few different options for patients who would like to treated clogged or blocked pores:

HydraFacial: The HydraFacial is a multi-step treatment that includes a deep cleanse, and the delivery of antioxidants and peptides. The device has the ability to pull out oil, dirt, blackheads, pollution, and debris while infusing healthy ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants. We are also able to tackle irregular pigmentation as well as help with acne scarring.

Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation treatment that also uses a light vacuum tool, similar to the HydraFacial. Microdermabrasion is great for treating mild to moderate sun damage, age spots, clogged and enlarged pores, wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and acne scarring.

Chemical Peel: Peels work to improve skin texture while also providing anti-aging properties. The procedure is typically well-tolerated, and while you may experience an “after-glow” with some redness resembling a sunburn, you should not experience any significant discomfort.

Prescription Products: We offer prescription strength products for you to help keep your pores unclogged and not irritated. Talk to our aesthetician to find what product is best for you.

Interested in learning more about a hydrafacial, microdermabrasion, or chemical peel please make an appointment with Natalie our esthetician for all of the details by calling (301) 610-0663.