Pores. (We can hear women everywhere cringing just reading that word.) A Harris Poll sponsored by L’Oreal found that 23 percent of women said they would give up their favorite cocktail for a whole year just to have smaller pores. Now that’s sacrifice. Sound familiar? For clear skin lovers, pores are basically the bane of our existence. While we can’t actually change the size of our pores, we can change how big they appear- without sacrificing the Mojitos.
What are Pores?
Pores are the little openings that allow liquid to pass through the skin. They’re also the openings at the top of our hair follicles. Though we often wish they weren’t there, they play a crucial role for maintaining healthy skin. When they become clogged with dirt, oil, makeup or debris, the acne-causing bacteria is trapped, causing blemishes. On the other hand, too much cleansing can also cause the pores to over-produce oil.
What Determines Pore Size?
Your pore size is determined by your genetics, as well as skin type and age. Collagen is, as always, a girl’s best friend, and the decrease in collagen as we age allows the pores to stretch and sag, giving a larger appearance. The same goes for elastin. If you have oily skin, we’re sorry to tell you that you’re more prone to larger pores, due to oil getting trapped in the pores, oxidizing and turning dark.
Pores can also appear larger when you have blackheads, whiteheads or blemishes. Heavy makeup contributes to the problem, often clogging pores and causing blockages.
Best Products for Large Pores
First things first, wash your face daily, especially if you wear makeup. This will help to keep the pores unclogged and free of excess oil and dirt. We recommend the Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser. Specifically, look for products containing AHAs, which stimulate cell turnover and clean the pores. Look for oil-free skincare products and makeup, as oil is contributing to the pore problem.
To deal with the buildup within the pores, exfoliate. Be gentle with your skin, and only do this one to three times a week. The Vivierskin AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream is a Monarch pick for maximum exfoliation with a combination of AHAs and BHAs included. Finally, we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again, you need to be wearing a daily sunscreen. The sun is the enemy of collagen. To protect the skin’s collagen production, we recommend the oil-free Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF.
Best Treatments for Large Pores
The Halo treatment is an excellent choice for large pores. This dual laser treatment triggers collagen and elastin production, targeting the epidermis and dermis, to minimize the appearance of pore size. Microneedling is also an effective way to produce new collagen. It’s the ultimate smoothing solution, smoothing scars and fine lines, as well as large pores. Lastly, Chemical peels can help to smooth the surface of the skin with less irritation. They remove dead skin cells, which clog pores. This is a great option if your skin is too sensitive for harsh exfoliants, as well.
For more information and personal skincare recommendations, call 913-317-9386 or schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aestheticians.