Enlarged Pores: What are they?
Enlarged pores primarily occur due to an excess production of oil, skin congestions or blackhead activity which causes the skins collagen to over stretch to accommodate. This results in the pores becoming stretched and enlarged. Due to the nature of enlarged pores, it is most common to see on the nose, forehead and chin areas, also known as the “T-zone”, and is more prevalent in oily skin types. Enlarged pores can also occur due to blemish extraction or squeezing.
Treating Enlarged Pores
As enlarged pores are the product of stretched collagen, the main focus of treatment is to collagen remodel. It is also important to clear out any debris or reduce any excess oil flow that may be keeping the pores large. Although we cannot make enlarged pores disappear completely, by using a combination of treatment and skin care we can greatly improve their appearance.
Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that creates microscopic channels into the skin. This stimulates the wound healing response, triggering the production of new collagen and elastin fibres to correct and re-build the skin’s structure. For enlarged pores, this improves the depth and size of the pore by remodelling and reshaping the damaged tissue.
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin using mechanical abrasion, gentle vacuum suction to stimulate collagen production and clear congested pores. This decongesting action, along with the stimulation of collagen, is especially effective for enlarged pores as it removes blackheads and debris that may causing the pore to stretch.
Laser Correction Facial
Our Laser Correction Facial Treatment utilizes Q-switch laser technology. The rapid speed of the laser combined with a high repetition rate causes vibration in the skin which helps to eliminate impurities and stimulate collagen. The 1064nm wavelength specifically targets the deeper layers of the skin to promote new collagen/elastin, the breaking up of deeper pigmentation and elimination of impurities whilst providing a safe treatment for all skin types. Laser Correction Facials are especially effective for black head removal/expulsion, elimination of oil, while also tightening and reducing pore size. This treatment can also be combined with Microdermabrasion as an Advanced Laser Correction Facial to maximize results.
What about Skin Care?
For those with an excess oil flow or enlarged pores, this is especially beneficial as most oil-based makeup can be comedogenic (pore-clogging) and migrate into the pores of your skin, keeping pores congested and enlarged, and potentially causing Acne Cosmetica (acne caused by cosmetic products). Mineral makeup, primarily those containing Zinc Oxide, does not penetrate into the skin and thus does not cause blockages, congestions or cause irritation, but allows the skin to function normally.
Enlarged pores are often caused when oil and dead skin cells congest and clog the pore. Vitamin A is an essential ingredient as it helps stimulate skin cell turnover to curb these blockages. Cosmedix’ Vitamin A (AGP complex) works to refine and visibly reduce the appearance of enlarged poresand blemishes by improving exfoliation. Clarity, Define and Refine Serums use AGP complex and all work to visibly reduce enlarged pores and blemishes. A skin analysis will be performed by your clinician to determine the ideal serum for maximum results.
Purity Balance Exfoliating Toner
Purity Balance Exfoliating Toner aims to eliminate any pore-clogging oil and residual impurities using a combination of salicylic and lactic acids. Salicylic Acid provides deep exfoliation to decongest clogged pores, while Lactic Acid gently softens and removes dead skin. Purity Balance also contains Tea Tree Oil which clarifies and balances oil flow for a clearer more refined skin.