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Dermatology. 2005;210(1):3-7.

The conundrum of skin pores in dermocosmetology.

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Department of Dermatopathology, University Hospital of Liège, Liège, Belgium.

Abstract

'Skin pore' is a term used by lay people and in the field of cosmetology. It remains misleading when it is not clearly defined. Indeed, lay people use it with at least 3 different meanings. Basically, invisible pores represent the openings of the sweat gland apparatus. By contrast, the visible pores represent enlarged empty funnel-shaped or cylindrical horny impacted openings of pilosebaceous follicles. This review describes some of the current objective methods used to describe skin pores.

PMID:
15604536
DOI:
10.1159/000081474
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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