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The other day, my sister turned to me and said affectionately, “You know you have a hole in your face? It’s like a huge crater!”
She was referring to the enlarged pore I’ve had on my cheek for some time now.
I’m pretty sure it started off as a blackhead. I squeezed it (do NOT advise) and was left with a permanent reminder. It’s not big enough to stop strangers on the street, but people have certainly started to notice it – and it’s making me rather self-conscious.
According to Associate Professor Greg Goodman, Dermatologist at the Dermatology Institute of Victoria, while it’s not uncommon to have enlarged pores, many people dislike them as they interrupt the smoothness of the skin and can accumulate grime and dirt.
They can develop for all sorts of reasons.
"Oily skin, sun damage, puberty and even genetics all play a part," he explains. So if you suffer from very visible pores, blame your parents.
The worst-affected area is usually on and around the nose, although some may find them on their cheeks, forehead and chin.
"It often overlaps to those who are acne prone (but not always) and unfortunately, often outlasts the acne tendency as people get older," he says.
The Skin Centre dermatologist Dr Michael Freeman says the worst thing you can do it pick or squeeze them as you can risk infection. While you can't get rid of enlarged pores, as such, you can minimise their appearance. For this, Dr Goodman says cleansing is key. (Post continues after gallery.)