Everything you need to know about Large Pores by Kim Tran – CEO & Founder La Belle Peau | aka “Perth Skin Whisperer” | National Winner of Telstra Business Women Award.
Large pores remain one of the top skin concerns we see at La Belle Peau. The fact is there are only a few ways to reduce the size of your pores but to do that we must first understand what causes large pores so we can effectively treat each individual.
Most people suffering from large pores experience a combination of contributing factors. Here are the top five causes:
- Oily skin
If you naturally have oily skin, it is very likely you will have enlarged pores. This is because excess oil can trap dead skin cells and dirt inside your pores, making your skin swells and your pores look larger than normal.
- The natural aging process
Aging causes your skin to stretch due to loss of collagen and elasticity. As pores are part of the skin, when the skin stretches with age, pores will stretch along with it and therefore appear larger.
- Sun damage
UV damage contributes to large pores by accelerating the aging process. Not only does sun damage break down your skin’s collagen and elastin, it reduces your skin’s ability to retain moisture. When your skin is dehydrated, your natural sebum flow becomes stronger and thicker to compensate. As a result, the pores can become clogged and this contributes to the appearance of large pores.
- Your gender and hormones
Biologically, men have more active sebaceous (oil) glands, and therefore more pores, than women. However hormonal changes, like pregnancy, menstruation and puberty can increase sebaceous gland activity in women and this can contribute to the appearance of large pores.
People who inherited naturally oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores since their oil glands are more active and, as a result, need a bigger opening for releasing oil.
As you can see from above, there is no singular treatment for open pores. To achieve smaller pores the pores must first be cleared of any oil and dead skin cell build up. Secondly, the skin must be tightened, and thirdly oil flow must be regulated.
Treatments to help clear pores
These include treatments such as peels, microdermabrasion, and extraction.
Treatments to help tighten skin
These are collagen induction treatments such as Skin Needling, Clear+Brilliant Laser, Radio Frequency, and HIFU.
Treatments to regulate oil flow
These are best done at home through skincare by drip feeding your skin daily with active ingredients such as Mandelic acid (AHA), Salicin (BHA), salicylic acid (BHA), and Niacinamide (vitamin B3). We recommend Ultraceuticals Ultra Pore Smoothing Refiner which contains all the above ingredients in a synergistic blend.
If your pores are enlarged due to aging, we recommend using a good retinol product to stimulate new collagen and tighten your elastin fibres. Not all Vitamin A products work the same. We offer close to 10 different types of Vitamin A products from a variety of different brands at La Belle Peau to ensure we have the perfect solution for all skin types and conditions.
Our Signature Pore-Fection Skin Journeys are 8-week programs to give you smaller pores, smoother skin texture, and improved overall skin luminosity. For more info, visit https://www.labellepeau.com.au/advanced-skin-workouts
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