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Porexia: What to Do about Big Pores

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Move over Botox and collagen.  Forget wrinkles and sunspots.  Now more than ever, people are becoming obsessed with the pores on their face.

Dermatologists have even coined a new term for it: porexia.

"I see patients all day every day who are literally obsessed with the size of their pores," Doris Day, a dermatologist, told ABC's Good Morning America.

Enlarged pores are generally caused by genetics, but sun exposure and oily skin can make them appear like mini-craters.

"There's nothing that you can do to make your pores go away but there are things you can do both as a quick fix and over the long term to make your pores appear smaller," Day, author of the book Forget the Facelift, said.  "This is something as simple as using a product containing salicylic acid, or by gently exfoliating the skin."

Some A-list celebrities fret over their large pores and reportedly use products to conceal them.  But what can you do when makeup and creams don't get the job done?

For one, you can get a "Galvanic Current Mask," offered in places like New York City's Face Place.  The FDA-approved facial comes in three parts and takes just about one hour and thirty minutes to complete.

Tom Woodhouse, the head aesthetician at Face Place NYC, explains how the $140 treatment works: First, a leather mask called a heat dome is placed over the face and neck.  A heating element runs outside of the dome.  After 10 minutes, strips of cotton soaked with vitamins and minerals are applied to the face.  Then the galvanic current mask is applied.

"And it makes dry heat rather than the damp heat, steam.  It's much gentler on the skin.  It does a beautiful job gently opening the pores and it starts to liquefy the oil," Woodhouse said.

The treatment allows vitamins and minerals to go deep into the skin, and at the same time the galvanic current contracts the muscles in the face and neck, helping to firm the tissues and tighten the pores, Woodhouse added.  But if electrical current isn't your thing, how about something that's all-natural?

At Shizuka Day Spa, owner Shizuka Bernstein says her geisha facial -- which includes the use of purified bird droppings -- is in high demand.

"The ingredients in the droppings have a natural enzyme and it exfoliates, it breaks down the top layer of the skin, so it's a good exfoliation," Bernstein said.

But about that treatment, Day wasn't so sure.

"Anything that is a leftover or a by-product especially in feces of another animal I would be very hesitant to use on my skin," she said.

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