02 Jul Can I do anything about enlarged pores?
It seems that everywhere we look there are images of men and women with flawless skin. From print ads to television and even social media influencers, everyone seems to have smooth, flawless skin with not an enlarged pore in sight. While many are likely edited and smoothed out using assorted tools, it is possible to have beautiful skin with smaller pores.
There are several factors that can be responsible for large pores:
- Over-productive sebaceous glands can cause our pores to stretch to accommodate the excess oil. The behaviour of these glands is normally determined by genetics, and can also be influenced by gender, as men usually have oilier skin.
- Age can factor into the visibility of our pores. The natural aging process can lead to a loss of some of the elasticity in our skin. This can result in our pores appearing larger than average.
- The environment that we live in can also impact the size of our pores. Cold climates can dry out our skin, causing the oil glands to go into overdrive. On the flip side, overly hot and humid climates can increase oil and sweat production, clogging our pores and causing acne.
But what can be done to resolve this? The good news is that there are some cosmetic and beauty treatments that can help to reduce the visibility of your pores.
Keeping it clean
Perhaps the easiest and fastest way to reduce the visibility of your pores is to make sure that you have a good daily routine to keep your face clean. You should be using a mild facial soap twice a day and exfoliate once a week. Cleansing solutions that contain salicylic acid can help to unclog your pores.
Exfoliation to keep things bright
You know that you should exfoliate once a week, but did you know that the removal of those dead skin cells can brighten the texture of your skin? Your skin will be brighter, smoother and of course minimise the visibility of your pores.
Treating your pores
There are a number of topical treatments that can help to reduce the size of your pores. They will also help to combat acne causing bacteria. These include salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid and benzoyl peroxides.
The importance of staying hydrated cannot be overstated. Hydrated skin is vibrant and healthy skin that looks and feels its very best.
Getting a cosmetic beauty boost
There are several advances in cosmetic skincare treatments that can help to minimise the visibility of larger pores. Some of these treatments include the following.
- Chemical peels – there are a number of types of peels, in a variety of strengths. Typically speaking, they remove the outer layers of dead skin cells, to reveal the beautiful fresh, soft skin that is beneath.
- Laser therapy – this therapeutic treatment is often used to minimise the visibility of scars. It can also be used to minimise the visibility of large pores.
- Photo abrasion – this treatment can address a number of face concerns, including treating fine lines and uneven skin texture. It’s very effective at unclogging pores and minimising their visibility on your face.
- Microdermabrasion – this quick and non-invasive treatment will remove dead cells from the surface of your skin while also cleaning your pores. It also stimulates collagen production, which can go a long way towards minimising pores.
In addition to ensuring that you eat a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, be sure that you are protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Sun damage can contribute to enlarged pores. It can also lead to a host of other concerns, including skin cancer. Use a good sun protection cream and be sure to wear a hat if you plan on spending much time outside in the sun.