A pore is the opening of the follicle on the surface of your skin. It is a small opening through which both the sebaceous oil and the hair follicle reach the outermost surface of the skin. Pores are vital to all of us. If we didn’t have them, then we couldn’t have hair growth, and there would be no way in which the natural oils could have reached the skin’s surface.
However, the trouble with pores is that, they get clogged and enlarged, when you do not treat them correctly. So it is important to know what makes these pores larger than they should be, and how you should correct the situation if this happens.
The Causes of Enlarged Pores
Pores become enlarged due to all kinds of reasons. Sometimes, this is caused by genetics. Environmental damage may also make them enlarged. Inadequate skin hygiene is another factor that has been held responsible. In this, sebum and dirt gets collected on the sides of the pores, and this is what makes them appear larger. Pores also often get bigger because of incorrect exfoliation – the dead skin gets collected, and they work as a plug, blocking the pores.
Home Solutions for Enlarged Pores
Use the correct skincare product, and take care of your skin to avoid this problem. Never put your face directly under hot shower water because when you do this, the elasticity is reduced. If the pores are becoming enlarged because of your oily skin, you should always restrict exfoliation to two to three times a week. And remember to use exfoliants that use spherical granules.
If lack of skin elasticity is making the pores become bigger, you should use skincare products that increase fibroblast activity. Apply sunscreen every day, and make it a point of removing make-up when you are going to bed at night. If you leave makeup on at night, it can age your skin quickly. Watch your diet – restrict oils, sugars, and acidic fruits.
Professional Solutions for Enlarged Pores
Microdermabrasion is a very good option in the treatment of enlarged pores. It peels the outermost layer of the skin by pulling out the blackheads, and then applies suction to clean the dirt and the accumulated oils from your pores. It goes on to improve elasticity. When the natural oil reaches the surface of skin, the pores return to their natural shape because there is nothing that will enlarge them.
LED (Light Emitting Diodes) treatments pull collagen to the surface to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce enlarged pores. It uses the red light part of the natural white light spectrum, which complements the skin’s own natural moisture renewal process by deeply hydrating and plumping the skin.
Another treatment is Non-surgical facelifts. The treatment uses monopolar radio frequency to heat subcutaneous dermal tissue using a hand piece emitting RF waves. This causes the contraction of the existing collagen fibres, encourages fibroblast migration and promotes new collagen growth that helps to tighten and improve the outer architecture of the skin leaving your skin tighter and smoother, reducing the appearance of fine lines and uneven complexion.
Deep cleansing, regular facials and peels can remove the excess oil, and shrink the pores. Then there’s also the skin needling technique that can significantly reduce its size. Skin Needling also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). A hand-held device with 192 stainless steel, gold tipped or titanium needles are rolled onto the surface of the skin. Small punctures are made on the epidermis, Fibroblasts are released to create elastin and collagen and this activates the natural process of wound healing of your skin, to regenerate, rejuvenate and revitalise the damaged skin.