Article Objective: Rosacea sufferers often complain of large facial pores, oily skin, clogged pores and pin-size white heads and black heads.  This article will discuss the prevalence of enlarged pores, increased sebum production and excess facial oil in rosacea sufferers.  Additionally, we will discuss why rosacea causes enlarged pores and excess facial oil and how to treat them successfully with over the counter skin care products that have incorporated new technology (ingredients) into facial treatments and  laser treatment combined with carbon lotion that can help to reduce the size and appearance of facial pores and help to control acne type brake outs on highly sensitive rosacea skin.

Rosacea Skin Care for Pore Reduction and Excess Oil

  1. PolyTrap® Oil Absorber and Pore Reducer(skin care additive)Rosacea skin care pore size reducing skin cleanserPolyTrap is an exciting new technology that absorbs up to 4 times (400%) its weight in facial oil and sebum without drying the skin.  PolyTrap is like a smart sponge that only targets oxidized oil on the surface of the pore and deep within the pore while ignoring healthy skin cells.  Removal of superficial sebum greatly reduces excess oil and removal of oxidized sebum deep in the pore allows the pore to shrink to a much smaller size.  You can now find PolyTrap in top-line cleansers, facial masks, moisturizers and makeup.

    PolyTrap Treatment:Skin+Pharmacy® makes a superb “Advanced Anti-Aging Therapy Daily Cleanser” with high concentrations of PolyTrap that greatly reduce facial oil and pore size without drying sensitive rosacea skin.  This cleanser also contains rosacea-friendly anti-inflammatories such as Bisabol and Vitamins A, C and E to help protect against damaging free radicals.

    Products: Skin+Pharmacy is avalable at CVS

  2. Oleanolic Acid®  And Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid® Oil Absorber and Pore Reducer

    Reduce excess oily skin for rosacea , derma doctor calm cool and correctedBoth of these medicinal extracts can be found in many naturally occurring plants and foods such as olive oil, garlic, and American pokeweed.  They are both potent blockers of DHT, a hormone that increases the size of facial pores and stimulates excess oil secretion.  Rosacea flushing and skin inflammation bring high concentrations of DHT to the sebaceous glands of the face, which in turn, triggers chronic increases in the size of pores and oil secretion.    When applied via cleanser, moisturizer or topical gel, oleanolic acid and nordihydroguaiaretic acid are potent inhibitors of DHT — they block the binding of DHT from sebaceous gland receptors and remove DHT from the superficial skin layers.  Over time, this results in significant shrinkage of facial pores and reductions in oil production, white heads and black heads.Oleanolic Acid and Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid Treatment:
    These ingredients can be found in facial cleansers and topical treatments for acne on sensitive skin and is now entering the rosacea market. Products: One of the most popular rosacea treatments that contain both ingredients is made by DermaDoctor (Calm, Cool and Corrected).
  3.  AlpaFlor®  Sebum Suppressing Oil And Pore ReducerFleischer’s Willowherb (Epilobium fleischeri) is a persistent rare alpine plant from the Onagraceae family that has been isolated and extracted for the potent active skin-beautifying components found within the buds of this rare plant.
    • Sebum Regulatory Effect
      Overproduction of sebum results from the hyperactivity of the skin’s 5α-reductase. The sebum-regulating activity of ALPAFLOR® ALP®SEBUM was examined on cultured human fibroblasts. A dose-dependent inhibition of 5α-reductase activity up to 68% versus control could be shown with ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM
    •  Anti-Inflammatory Effect
      The anti-inflammatory activity of ALPAFLOR® ALP®SEBUM was tested in vitro on cultured human epidermal keratinocytes by measuring its effect on the production and release of the epidermal proinflammatory cytokines Interleukin 8 (IL-8) and Interleukin 1α (IL-1α). ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM is able to dramatically decrease the production of IL-8 and IL-1α.
    • Human Clinical Studies on Sebum Suppression and Pore Reduction
      Twenty-one volunteers with a extremely greasy skin and enlarged centro-facial pores applied either a cream-gel containing 3% ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM or a placebo on the face, twice daily during 56 days.The seboregulating effect of ALPAFLOR® ALP®SEBUM was evaluated by measuring the reduction of the sebum spot number and of the sebum production by means of a Sebutape®.  A reduction of 24% in spot number and a decrease of 56% in sebum production were shown after 56 days of treatment. The pore size was determined by clinical scoring from a dermatologist: a significant visible reduction of 18% was recorded in the volunteers using ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM, against 0% in volunteers using the placebo. Additionally about 90% of the volunteers evaluated a general cutaneous state improvement and judged their non-oily.
    •  AlpaFlor Treatment
      One can order pure AlpaFlor Oil directly from the manufacturer and apply it sparingly directly to the affected facial skin night and day.  This is a very light oil that is quickly absorbed into the skin that will not leave an “oily look” or feel – in fact, it suppresses oil production so your skin should look much drier and healthier within 20 to 30 minutes after application.  This oil can also be mixed into any of your favorite moisturizers at up to 5% (a compounding pharmacy can do this for a nominal fee).

Pore-Reducing Laser: Tri-Beam Spectra Laser With Carbon Lotion

Many lasers, blue light devices and red light devices have claimed to be effective at reducing pores over the past decade, but none have delivered consistently.  As of 2015, a new laser and new treatment technique utilizing carbon lotion have resulted in excellent treatment and reduction of pores within 3 to 6 treatments.

The Tri-Beam Spectra Laser which is usually used for tattoo removal with the latest technology is now able to treat pores deep into the sebaceous glands and down to the large lobules and physically shrink them with the help of carbon lotion — the target for the laser.  This is probably the most exciting advancement for the treatment of enlarged pores, acne, clogged pores and rosacea lumpy-bumpy skin.  This is extremely new so make sure you get an experienced practitioner and if you have any doubts proceed with spot treatments to test your skin’s response.

Below  is a YouTube Videos that help demonstrate how this treatment works:

Comment Section:

Do you have enlarged pores or excess oil that worsen when your rosacea flares?

If so, have you noticed how hard these two skin conditions are to treat on sensitive rosacea skin?  Has any treatment helped treat these conditions?

Thank you for your important feedback and wishing you a rosacea-free future!

Health Disclaimer:  Informational article above not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have or think that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Before adding in or considering alternative supplements and treatments please consult with your medical practitioner first.  We do not claim to “cure” disease, illness or conditions, but to simply provide you with additional information and education nor is any product sold or discussed to be considered to replace your medical treatment, diagnosis, treatment or preventative recommendations.