The visible appearance of pores is always a cosmetic concern, and enlarged pores are the bane of a smooth, radiant complexion. They are actually important for the skin’s healthy function – and the skin has millions of pores! A healthy pore is visually invisible to the naked eye, and they help to protect the skin from dirt and bacteria in the environment by secreting sebum. This natural oil conditions and moisturizes the skin to prevent from drying out.
However, sometimes the oil glands produce excess oil, and coupled with dead skin cells, the pores become clogged which causes blackheads or whiteheads. If there is inflammation, acne breakouts will occur. Thus, keeping your pores clear is essential to avoid further skin issues and maintain a healthy-looking complexion. There are some ways to keep those pesky clogs at bay and minimize the appearance of large pores.
1. Clean them the right way
Pay more attention and care to your cleansing step. Double cleansing is recommended to draw out impurities and remove makeup at the end of the day. The first cleanser, usually an oil-based option, can break down and clear makeup out of the way so the second one, your regular cleanser, is able to do a more thorough cleaning. Use a gentle, low pH cleanser which won’t dry out your skin, strip natural oils and cause more sebum to be produced, exacerbating the problem.
2. Add a weekly exfoliation step
Incorporating an exfoliating step into your skincare regimen is also beneficial. Doing it once a week is fine – over-exfoliating can irritate the skin and produce excess sebum. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells and grime so they won’t accumulate as gunk in your pores. Chemical exfoliators with ingredients like glycolic, mandelic, and lactic acid work on the skin’s surface to slough off dead skin cells and improve cell turnover. Salicylic Acid can work deeper into the skin to dissolve the mix of sebum and dead skin that leads to acne.
3. Keep the skin hydrated
It is crucial to balance your skin’s hydration levels and reduce the chances of your pores clogging. When the skin faces dryness caused by factors like excessive oil-blotting or being in an air-conditioned room, the oil glands inside the pores are triggered to produce even more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration. This eventually throws your skin off balance. Use a hydrating toner and essence to soothe and hydrate the skin. Look at ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and beta-glucan that help to draw moisture to the skin and keep it hydrated for the day. Choose water-based moisturizers that are lightweight and impart long-lasting hydration without leaving any heavy, greasy residue.
4. Incorporate anti-ageing routine
A natural part of the ageing process includes loss in elasticity and firmness as the skin’s functions start to slow down. This also means the amount of collagen and elastin produced decreased – causing the skin to stretch and sag, including the pores too. When elastin fibers and collagen become depleted, it diminished the strength of the skin and support around the follicles, making the pores look rounder and more obvious. Bolstering the structure of the skin is key so suppleness and firmness is maintained, even with age. Use anti-ageing products like serums containing Niacinamide, to target signs of ageing and prevent skin degradation.
5. Treat yourself to an aesthetic treatment
Maintaining clear and healthy pores takes daily maintenance. But keep your skin glowing and radiant on the regular with aesthetic treatments that can also target other concerns like excessive oil production, skin pigmentation and acne. For instance, chemical peels are great for those with enlarged pores to make them less noticeable. They enhance exfoliation to deep clean pores and decrease the buildup of cells, thus minimizing pores. At the same time, the concentrated solution also helps to reduce any pigmentation on skin effectively.
The Skin Boosters comprise of Hyaluronic Acid Injections that help to improve the skin’s hydration, firmness and luminosity. Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to hold 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, so it can draw in moisture to your skin and improve hydration. At the same time, it offers other benefits such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, speed up the healing of wounds, assist in collagen production and reduce pore size. At Aesthetic Central Clinic, we carry 3 top performing Skin Boosters, namely Restylane Vital, Juvederm Volite and Teosyal Redensity I.
The Infini Fractional RF treatment can also help to refine the appearance of pores. It works by penetrating the skin via multiple micro-needles to administer heat and radiofrequency (RF) energy. The skin penetration of micro-needles stimulates a trauma process within the skin where collagen begins to rebuild itself. By targeting RF energy into the skin, this causes thermal stimulation to kickstart new collagen production to plump up the skin and produce a tightening and lifting effect. This is beneficial for acne scar removal, enlarged pores and any skin textural issues.
Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today, and improve the look and condition of your pores for a more radiant complexion.