What Is a Skin Pore?

Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

So I often get asked what a pore is. What’s a pore on your skin? So most of the time when people are using the term pore, they’re talking about the hair follicle, and the hole that results from a hair coming through the skin, and that’s what they call a pore. Or… an area where an oil gland comes up, and that’s a little depression, and then the oil gland comes up on top of it.

So, a lot of times people come in and talk to me to say, “Hey Reagan, get rid of all these pores on my nose. I don’t like all the little divots.” And that’s, that’s pretty hard to do, because that’s your normal anatomy. Now we can do some chemical peels, maybe some lasers, maybe some other devices to make those pores not as big, but we’re never going to be able to decrease the pores all the way. That’s your normal anatomy. 

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.