A pore of Winer is technically considered a dilated plug. Many people who have this condition also report having a keratotic plug located within the center of the pore. This is because of the way the pore expels substances. Once the substances are expelled from the pore, a keratotic substance takes its place within a few weeks. To get rid of the white keratin from the dilated pore, you have to treat the pore again.
A number of people who develop this condition do not treat it right away or ever. Unfortunately, this means that it is more likely to reoccur across a larger area over time. It is especially common among people who already suffer from severe acne. If you have a pore of Winer, make sure to go to your dermatologist to be diagnosed and treated.
What Is a Dilated Pore of Winer?
A pore of Winer is technically a dilated pore. This happens when a single open comedo protrudes. A comedo is essentially a clogged pore. Normally, this condition happens on the face. While the condition is generally benign and does not cause major problems, it can be gross to look at or experience.
When you have this condition, you will typically see a large comedo on your face. It could be on your upper lip, cheek or forehead. A comedo can also appear on other portions of your body like your back or chest. In very rare cases, it may even develop in the external ear canal. Typically, the skin that is located around the pore will not change. It will not cause any inflammation or induration.
What Makes a Dilated Pore of Winer Happen?
Currently, doctors are unsure of what causes the pore of Winer to happen. It seems like most of the cases start when an infection or obstruction targets your follicle ostium. This makes the condition similar to other cyst-like conditions.
This medical condition affects people of both genders, although it is more common in men. It is reported most frequently in white males. While it can also target someone of any age, it seems to be more common in people over the age of 40. This may just be from selection bias though because many of the people who seek treatment have actually had this problem for years and just never bothered to have it checked out.
Treating the Pore of Winer
There are several different ways that you can treat the pore of Winer and reduce the chances that you will experience it again.
1. Stick to Good Skin Care Habits
To start with, practice good skin care habits to prevent a pore of Winer from developing. Do not pick or itch the affected area because this could make the infection worse.
If the lesion is fairly minor, you may be able to treat it using exfoliating skin scrubs. You should talk to your dermatologist first to make sure that you are using an exfoliating scrub that is right for your skin and your condition.
3. Get Treatment From Your Doctor
If you want to remove the dilated pore of Winer, then you need to go to your doctor. Your doctor can schedule an appointment for the removal. This will generally consist of making a punch excision of 1 to 3 mm, although lasers or other techniques could also be used.
Typically, the patient will be given a local anesthetic that is used on the skin around the dilated pore. This numbs the area. Then, your doctor will remove the contents of the pore before stitching it up again. Then, they will most likely prescribe an antibiotic ointment that you can use each day to prevent the wound from becoming infected. If a stitch was used, then it will be removed about 5 to 10 days after your procedure.
If you notice any discharge, redness, pain or swelling after your treatment, make sure to go to your doctor right away. Otherwise, you can generally carry on with your normal activities. If the pore was especially large though, your doctor may want you to take a few days off for it to heal. As always, make sure to follow your doctor’s directions for treating the pore.