Top treatments for open pores.
What actually are pores?
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body and has an average surface area of 2 square meters. Skin is responsible for helping us to regulate our temperature and contains millions of pores all over its surface. Many of these pores aren’t actually visible to the naked eye. Pores are open to allow our skin to ‘breathe’ and each pore contains both a hair follicle and a sebaceous oil gland which produces an oily matter known as sebum. Sebum helps the skin to self-lubricate and be waterproof. Sebaceous oil glands cover most areas of our body, but in particular, our faces, backs, chests and groins and when they produce excess sebum this can cause the appearance of large and open pores.
While large or open pores are not medically a concern, they can be aesthetically problematic, and many people find that their skin appears dull and bumpy as a result of their pores being more visible and open. In teenagers and some adults who are prone to outbreaks of acne, open pores may become clogged with bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt. This, in turn, can result in black and whiteheads forming, particularly in the nose, cheeks and forehead which can leave people feeling frustrated and unhappy with their appearance. Open pores can also cause problems for ageing skin which is producing less collagen (the substance that gives skin its elasticity). It can be tough to know what to do when we are faced with open and enlarged pores, and it can have an incredibly harmful impact on our feelings of self-confidence.
So, what causes large, open pores?
Alongside the excess production of sebum oil, there are other causes of open pores and these include:
- Excess sebum oil production
- Reduced collagen production
- Reduced elasticity in the skin around pores
- Thick hair follicles
- Sun damage and exposure
Clearly, some causes of open pores are unavoidable. Some people inherit the appearance of larger pores genetically whereas others start to notice their pores more as they age and their skin loses its youthful, elastic appearance. Despite the causes of open pores it is important to note that there are ways to reduce the visibility of them and reclaim skin that makes you feel happy and confident again.
Why would I want to open my pores?
You may have seen products that promise they can ‘open’ your pores, but it is important to remember that all pores on the skin are already open. Pores cannot be opened, closed or made physically smaller. What is being referred to with these products is actually the deep cleaning of pores to remove excess debris, dirt and bacteria that may be clogging up pores and causing related skin issues such as blackheads and acne. Deep cleaning and cleansing of the pores can reduce their appearance and make it seem as though they are smaller and closed.
What are my treatment options?
Treating enlarged open pores is possible and different procedures, and treatments will effectively cleanse your pores from excess dirt – leaving them clear and able to ‘breathe’ for the skin as they should. Various treatment options to consider for your open pores include:
SkinPen is a medically backed micro-needling device that is supported by the world’s leading plastic surgeons and physicians. It is particularly successful in the treatment of facial acne scars but also helps to produce collagen in the skin which in turn helps to reduce the look of enlarged pores on areas of the body and can be used to treat large, open pores on the face effectively. SkinPen is the only FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved micro-needling device in the world, and it works by creating between hundreds to thousands of ultra-precise “micro” punctures in the skin’s dermis (the underlayer of the skin) every second. This then stimulates the skin’s natural healing ability, automatically triggering new collagen production. Collagen is an essential element for the skin’s elasticity and youthful, glowing appearance and is also a vital factor for the reduced presence of large and open pores on the face. This treatment can be really effective for pores that have started to appear larger and open with ageing.
Facial peels are incredibly successful at removing excess dirt from the skin and unclogging pores to help reduce the undesirable look of large pores. In particular, The Derma Peel uses an ingredient called glutathione which is an antioxidant that penetrates deep into the skin. This blend of glutathione and various other tried and tested powerful ingredients will not only deeply exfoliate the skin but also increase the production of collagen and elastin in the skin meaning that skin looks brighter and tighter and the visibility of unwanted pores is dramatically reduced. The Derma peel can drastically improve the overall tone of your skin, remove or minimise sun damage, reduce blackheads and counteract the appearance of large and open pores.
3D microdermabrasion is an intense exfoliation treatment that is both gentle but deep cleansing at the same time. This deep clean will unclog your pores meaning blackheads will be removed, and open pores will be reduced. This effective treatment will allow the dull and dehydrated skin to glow again and feel and look clear.
How can I prevent open pores in the future?
After treatment for your open pores, it is a good idea to follow a skincare routine to avoid your pores clogging up again. Steps to take: ensure that you are exfoliating your skin with gentle facial exfoliators to remove dead skin cells, protect your skin from overexposure to the sun, and keep your skin moisturised with a suitable moisturising product. If you choose to have a treatment at Aesthetics of Liverpool, our team will give you a detailed skincare plan that will help you further and be customised for your treatment and skin.
How do I book my treatment appointment?
Get in touch today for professional, friendly advice. At Aesthetics of Liverpool, we pride ourselves on offering a first-class service to our clients and will work closely with you to carefully select the best treatment choice for your open pores. We help you to get started on your journey to clear skin and feeling like the best version of you. To book your consultation with us, please call Aesthetics of Liverpool on 0151 203 1393.