Enlarged pores are often caused by genetics, but they can also be the result of age, sun damage, oily skin, or too much handling of the skin (such as popping pimples). Oil and dirt can cause buildup in the pores by clogging them and making them expand. This becomes a cycle, because the larger pores are more likely to trap dirt and dead skin, further darkening or enlarging them. As people age, their skin loses collagen. Collagen helps the skin stay elastic. As the skin becomes less elastic, the edges of the pores may sag, causing them to look larger.
Enlarged pores cannot be cured, but their appearance can be reduced through the use of products and various skin procedures. To make pores look smaller, it is important to keep the skin well-hydrated but not oily, exfoliate regularly to unclog the pores, increase collagen production and reduce sun damage.
Any procedure that helps get rid of the outer layer of dead skin can improve the appearance of enlarged pores. Below is a list of procedures that reduce pore size:
Photofacials use Intense Pulse Light with a specific range of wavelengths to treat a variety of skin problems. These treatments penetrate the skin tone below the epidermis to reduce the size of pores.
The Intense Pulse Light promotes new collagen growth that is used to tighten the skin and reduce the size of large pores. The maximum results may require up to 3 months.
Receive an average of three Intense Pulse Light treatments for enlarged pores. These sessions should be scheduled at least three to four weeks apart to allow the old skin to be sloughed off.
Another common treatment for enlarged pores is Microdermabrasion, as it helps unclog the pores and smooth the skin. Since it is a non-surgical procedure, it involves buffing the skin with tiny abrasive particles, and then using a suction to remove the particles from the skin, along with dead skin cells and blackheads.
Chemical peels can also be used, as they remove the outer layer of the skin, but they can be harsh and involve some recovery time. Products that promote exfoliation are also helpful in reducing the appearance of large pores. Vitamin A creams can help unblock and smooth the edges of pores. Alpha hydroxy acids also help unplug the pores and remove blackheads, making the pores look smaller and the skin smoother.
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