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Large pores…

For most people the look of enlarged pores is unsightly and a battle to keep on top of. Many people have tried old wives tails of concoctions and homemade remedies to “cure” enlarged pores with no success; however once the public are educated on the reasons behind enlarged pores they are able to seek effective long term treatments.

 

What are pores?

Pores are small openings in the surface of the skin that are home to hair follicles. Every human has pores present in their skin; Located over the entire body where hair is present. The purpose of the pore is to house the entire underlining structure of the hair follicle and to secrete sebum (Oil) on the skin to lubricate it.

 

What are enlarged pores?

Enlarged pores are the widening of the pores present in our skin. Most people only notice enlarged pores on the face; partly owing to the fact that it is the area of the body we look at most. The skin on the face is very delicate and is prone to damage. It is not very resilient and has the poorest elasticity of the entire body. As a result enlarged pores occur and can be quite noticeable.

 

What causes enlarged pores?

There are a few causes of enlarged pores; often some that could have been prevented and others that could not.

These include:

  • Dead skin cell build up: – If you do not exfoliate your skin enough, dead skin cells can build up. They will remain on the top of the skin blocking the pores. If left for long enough the dead skin cells can stretch the pores; causing them to become enlarged.
  • Over applied pressure on the skin, for example when squeezing a spot can damage the pore and cause it to become enlarged.
  • As we age the elasticity and collagen in our skin reduces; due to this the skin is less resilient and can easily stretch causing large pores.
  • People with oily skin have a tendency to have enlarged pores. This is mostly due to the pores excreting more than the usual amount of oil; resulting in the pore generally stretching.
  • Sun damage causes damage to the collagen and elastin in the skin; this results in the skin prematurely ageing and not being resilient enough to stop the skin slackening. As a consequence it often causes fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores.
  • Blackheads occur from a build of sebum (Oil) and dead skin cells in and on the pore. This combination becomes like a tough solid plug in the pore; resulting in the pore being stretched.

 

What treatments are available for enlarged pores?

At the moment there is no “cure” for enlarged pores but by improving a few elements in the way we treat our skin, we may be able to improve the quality of the skin and can help drastically reduce the appearance. Results on any treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments mentioned.

These include:

  • Exfoliating the skin on a regular basis can remove any dead skin cells that could block the pores. Microdermabrasion is an excellent professional treatment to deeply exfoliate and smooth the skin. Diamond Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation using Diamond tips to clear dead skin cells, reducing congestion and improving collagen production.
  • Protect your skin. Once you have exfoliated the skin to create a “clean canvas” you must protect it from environmental factors and free radicals. For example the sun; by wearing an SPF cream and vitamin A it will help protect the skin from sun damage, which as we know reduces our source of collagen.
  • Fraxel laser/Fractionated lasers produce light energy targeted at the concerned area to stimulate cell turnover, this increases natural collagen to tighten the skin and perfects and smooth’s the complexion.
  • Superficial Chemical peels use a blend of organic acids to quicken the skin’s natural exfoliation process. As these dead cells drop away, new undamaged ones are formed and collagen production is increased. This improves the elasticity and texture of the skin.
  • Medical Microneedling is a device that is comprised of a small wheel containing over a hundred tiny microscopic stainless steel needles. By rolling the device over the skin; along with the desired active ingredients; it helps to enhance the penetration of the products, improve collagen production and restore the healthy youthful appearance to the skin.
  • Muscle relaxing agents (performed by Top Aesthetic Doctors) when injected into the skin will paralyse the sebaceous glands, reducing pore size by approximately 60%.

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