Enlarged pores are a common cosmetic problem and can cause the skin to look rough and dull. Pores are usually most obvious on the nose, forehead and chin. While enlarged pores are not a medical concern, they can damage our self-esteem and self-confidence and lead us to spend money on often-ineffective products.
Pores are microscopic openings in our skin which allow perspiration and oils to reach the surface of the skin. During our teen years, pores often enlarge in order to hold the increased amount of sebum that sebaceous glands secrete during that time. In addition, as we age and our skin becomes less elastic, pores enlarge. Other factors that cause enlarged pores are a family tendency towards them, smoking, sun exposure, oily skin and improper skin care. Improper skin care includes wearing poor quality make-up, not washing your make-up off completely and inadequate cleansing.
Enlarged Pore Improvement
Fortunately, there are many ways in which enlarged pores can be improved. Cleansers and moisturizers containing salicylic acid will shrink pore size because salicylic acid helps to remove the sebum from the pores.1 Retinols are another good product for enlarged pores. Retinols stimulate a small amount of collagen production, which tightens the muscles at the base of the pores, so that they constrict. In addition, retinols stimulate cellular turnover, which helps to unclog the enlarged pores.2
Make sure that you do not sleep in your make-up. When make-up gets into the pores and stays for extended periods, this contributes to enlarged pores. Cleanse well each evening and again in the morning in order to wash away any oils that have accumulated during the night. Mineral-based make-up is healthiest for your skin and, in addition, will not get into and clog the enlarged pores. Wear sunscreen every day. Sun exposure damages the skin and contributes to the formation of enlarged pores.
Enlarged Pore Treatment
Microdermabrasion3 and chemical peels will both help reduce the size of enlarged pores.1 Microdermabrasion uses microcrystal particles to remove excess oil and dead skin that accumulate in pores. Microdermabrasion stimulates tightening of collagen, which also helps improve the appearance of enlarged pores. Chemical peels use medical-grade products such as salicylic or glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and remove sebum and oils from the pores.
Another procedure which may help to reduce the size of enlarged pores is the Genesis laser. The Genesis laser is a gentle, no down-time treatment which stimulates the skin to produce collagen. Again, this effectively tightens the pores, as well as diminishing fine lines and improving texture.
Enlarged pores do not have to be a fact of your life! Schedule your complimentary consultation today and let the skin-care experts at Genesis MedSpa put together a program just for you.