If you have large pores, you
already know it’s a beauty problem that’s not so easy to remedy. Lots of
products promise results, but rarely do they deliver—at least not in the
Enter one solution you probably
never thought of: Neuromodulators (as in Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin).
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According to Harrison, NY, dermatologist Debbie Palmer a study in the
Journal of Dermatological Science found that the use of Botox (botulinum toxin
A), in small, superficial quantities could actually reduce skin pore size and
skin oil production in the treated areas.
it works: “Micro-Botox is injected in the superficial dermal skin layer, in
small quantities,” she says. “The result is tighter, smaller pores and smoother
skin. My patients love it! They say their makeup goes on smoother, they have
less afternoon shine and friends comment on how rested or refreshed they look.”
Another plus Dr. Palmer points to is that patients don’t have to remember to apply
topical products daily and they don’t have the downtime that may be associated
with lasers or chemical peels. “The downside is that the treatment only lasts
about three-to-four months. Laser treatments have more lasting effects, but
they often require downtime.”
New York dermatologist Marnie B. Nussbaum, MD, says it is proven that Botox Cosmetic can
decrease sebum production when injected intra-dermally in tiny quantities
dispersed over a targeted area, there’s not much to back up the fact that it can
decrease the actual size of the pore.
“Nevertheless, if there is decreased sebum production the pores may
appear smaller. I routinely get requests for pore minimization, however, I tend
to recommend lasers such as Fraxel and Clear + Brilliant, in addition to
chemical peels, which I also believe minimize the appearance but not the actual
If you aren’t quite ready for the in-office solution variety, Dr.
Nussbaum still recommends the simple standby of mineral makeup.
“It is great for reflecting light and therefore minimizing the
appearance of pores.”