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What are pores?

Skin pores are tiny openings of oil glands in the skin and its size is genetically determined. People with oily skin tend to have a “large pore” appearance because the more active and larger oil glands need bigger pores to release the oil/sebum to the surface of the skin. Pores may be more apparent on the nose, giving rise to a “strawberry nose” appearance. Pores are also common on cheeks where there is the greatest concentration of oil glands.

How can I shrink my pores?

It is not easy to shrink pores and to make matters worse, they can get bigger and become more elongated looking because of sagging skin. This is due to the gradual loss of collagen fibres with ageing. Moreover, clogged pores are stretched and makes the pores look larger than they are.

Keeping your skin clean and pores unclogged is the best way to visibly reduce their appearance. Exfoliating the dead skin cells can help cleanse, stop them from getting clogged and stretched out and make them less of an issue. Avoid inappropriate squeezing that leads to micro-inflammation and peri-poral scarring. Dr Wong targets pores at the root level:

  • counteract the active and large oil glands, with topical or oral medications
  • exfoliate the skin to keep pores unclogged with chemical or laser peeling or Hydrafacial exfoliation
  • enhance new collagen formation with laser treatments

It is rather challenging to shrink your pores with topical products alone and a multi-level approach comprising topical exfoliants, Hydrafacial, chemical peeling, laser resurfacing procedures and laser toning will help.


The “Hydrafacial” treatment is a non-laser skin resurfacing and a hydra-dermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. It results in clearer and more hydrated skin with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. The Hydrafacial treatment improves the appearance of congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin.

Chemical Peel

Chemical peeling involves the application of chemical acids to remove the outer layer of the skin. Dr Wong will use various chemical acids for different patients to produce the varying effects of superficial to medium chemical peels.

The peel will stimulate skin cell growth and new collagen formation. The regenerated skin will show improvement of pores,  texture and smoothness of the skin.

AcuPulse CO2 fractional laser

Treatment using super pulsed, high-energy AcuPulse CO2 fractional laser helps to stimulate new skin collagen formation, reduce skin pores, create more firmness and softness.

With the fractional technology, the recovery time is shortened, and complication minimized. Skin is treated with thousands of micron-diameter CO2 laser beams which remove the dots of areas they hit and leaving surrounding tissue intact. This helps promote rapid healing and results in the skin pulling tighter because of new collagen formation.

Laser Toning

Laser toning is a non-ablative skin resurfacing laser for pores refinement. It is a gentler alternative to ablative laser treatments, with no patient downtime and a low risk of complications for all skin types. The high powered beam of Q-switched ND-YAG laser is used to sweep across the facial skin repetitively to improve the skin texture and reduces pores. Treatments are repeated 5 to 10 times at intervals of between 1 to 2 weeks. Each treatment takes about 10-20 minutes per session. Treatments are often combined with other complementary therapies to achieve a maximum advantage with little risk of side effects.

Are you interested to reduce your Pores problem?

Dr Wong Soon Tee is a MOH accredited Dermatologist for more than 20 years. Consult him for his expert advice and well-tested treatments for your pores issues.

Call Assurance Skin Clinic at 66941121 for an appointment.

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