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There are two types of enlarged pores: one is what you typically see on or near the nose, and it either looks like a large blackhead or a blackhead that’s deeper than wide. Then there are mini moon crater shaped pores and they’re wider than they are deep without any visible clogs. They are more common in Asian and Hispanic skin and are hereditary. Dr. Schultz advises, “If you want to know what a normal pore looks like, look at the face of a seven-year old child!”

Dr. Schulz says, “The first group is caused by something I call “pore sludge”. And it’s this thick, gunky mixture of excess oil and dead cells which forms a clog or plug, which then distends the actual pore. And as you make more oil, it gets more distended because the oil can’t get out, so it blows the pore up like a balloon and as it gets wider the pore gets larger.” To treat and eliminate those types of pores, you need to dissolve, so the pore shrinks back to its normal size. If you’ve had this type of enlarged pore and you’ve had it for a year or two years, or less, it’s easy to treat with the right products, including the Dermstick for Pores and glycolic exfoliants.

These crater shaped enlarged pores are very different from those caused by pore sludge, which show themselves more in different ethnic groups, mostly Asians and Hispanics. This type of enlarged pore is more difficult to treat because they are permanent. They are almost analogous to scarring because the pore is sort of misshapen. However, those pores can be treated and diminished with Fraxel or Profractional Lasers.

You may be trying to use foundation and concealer to hide your enlarged pores and other ingredients in the Dermstick for Pores, but makeup will only make them worse and even make them look worse, too. Most products for treating pores slide over the pores, instead of getting inside where the sludge is and where they need to act, and that’s why they don’t work. Your enlarged pores are clogged by excess oil, dead cells, and dirt. So choosing products with the right ingredients to both penetrate into the pore sludge and to then dissolve it is essential for cleaning out enlarged pores, which then allows them to shrink down to their normal, invisible size. Glycolic exfoliation effectively removes all the dirt and debris that sits both on the surface of your skin as well as removing dead cells that might be clogging your pores. When the glycolic exfoliant dissolves the pore sludge, then the product can go deeper into the pore to get more of the “junk” out. Dr. Schultz says, “It’s a positive feedback cycle as it removes the pore sludge that’s distending the pore, which allows the pore to return to its former invisible size.” You can use Dr. Schultz’s Progressive Peel or supercharge your treatment by coming in for a Glycolic “No Downtime” Peel. In addition to glycolic exfoliants, using a product with all the ingredients necessary to dissolve pore sludge, like our Dermstick for Pores, can make a huge difference in reducing the look of enlarged pores.

If you want to eliminate your enlarged pores once and for all, Dr. Schultz and his team have an incredible understanding of how enlarged pores develop, the difference between different types of enlarged pores, and how to effectively treat them. This understanding over the years has helped Dr. Schultz develop a super effective glycolic formula, which is proprietary and not available elsewhere. This enormous experience from administering more than 60,000 glycolic peels (which can be an important part of the enlarged pore treatment), our proprietary glycolic formula, and the Dermstick for Pores, are all quintessential to the successful treatment of enlarged pores. You can be sure you’re getting the best treatment in our office or at home with treatments and products that actually work.

When you come in for your appointment, there is no need to prepare. Your doctor and our staff will determine which kind of enlarged pore you have and will then propose a treatment plan for your skin. Whether it’s a Glycolic Peel, Dermstick for Pores, or Lasers, your enlarged pores can be improved in as little as a week to four weeks. You’ll see meaningful improvement and, if you continue these treatments, that improvement will last.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I shrink my pores?

    We usually start by recommending a glycolic product. With continued use, a Read More

  • What causes enlarged pores?

    The cause of enlarged pores is usually a mixture of oil and Read More

  • How do I minimize hereditary enlarged pores?

    Hereditary enlarged pores are more difficult to treat because they are inherently Read More

  • How long does it take to make pores smaller?

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