Let’s discuss my top five open pores treatment recommendations
Are open pores bothering you? While you can’t completely shrink or close your pores, you can certainly minimise their appearance. Pores are small openings in the skin that release oils and sweat. According to a 2016 study, the major causes of enlarged pores are:
- Excessive sebum: When your sebaceous gland produces extreme amounts of oil, it leads to oily skin and clogged pores.
- Decreased elasticity around the pore: This is when the skin becomes less supple.
- Increased hair follicle volume
- Sun damage or over exposure to the sun
Enlarged pores can make your skin look uneven and can be a cause for various skin issues. I have compiled a list of top open pores treatments that will help minimise the appearance of pores and improve your skin texture.
You must have noticed that a lot of facials and beauty treatments start with steaming. This is because steam releases trapped sebum and also helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. Once your pores are clean, they will appear smaller. While this open pores treatment is highly effective, you must be careful with a steam facial, as it can burn your skin.
This open pores treatment is a great option if you want to minimise the appearance of your pores. Regular exfoliation can unclog pores by removing oil, dead cells, and dirt. On average, you should exfoliate once or twice a week. Excessive exfoliation can damage your skin. Based on your skin type, you can choose between the two types of exfoliation methods:
- Physical exfoliation: Physical exfoliation uses small granules which, when rubbed on the skin, manually exfoliate the skin. Microdermabrasion treatments and any face mitt or washcloth with a textured surface that buffs away dead skin and debris are also used for physical exfoliation.
- Chemical exfoliation: Chemical exfoliation uses AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), or fruit enzymes. These chemical exfoliants dissolve dead cells, dirt, oil, and impurities.
Microneedling is a great open pores treatment. This procedure involves making tiny micro-punctures into the dermis using very fine needles. These micro-injuries to the skin caused by microneedling trigger skin’s wound healing response and, the skin naturally produces new collagen and elastin. This is why this open pores treatment is so effective, as collagen leads to tighter skin and minimises the appearance of your pores.
- Laser skin resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation procedure that uses a laser to improve the skin’s appearance or treat minor facial flaws. This brilliant open pores treatment involves lasers to help improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of the pores. Depending on your individual needs, your dermatologist may recommend either of the two types of lasers:
- Ablative lasers: This is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibres. Types of ablative treatments include the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the erbium laser, and combination systems.
- Non-ablative lasers: This is a non-wounding laser that stimulates collagen growth, which over time helps improve skin tone and texture. This is less invasive than ablative lasers. Types of non-ablative lasers include pulsed light, pulsed-dye lasers, and fractional lasers.
- Chemical peels
Chemical peels are a great option to reduce the appearance of pores. This open pores treatment is effective in reducing the occurrence of open pores by controlling pore size and excess sebum production. Chemical peels contain mild acids that are applied in a single layer on the skin. They work by removing the top layer of the skin and uncovering new, healthy skin. This open pores treatment can also stimulate the body’s natural response to produce collagen. There are three types of chemical peels:
- Superficial peels: These only penetrate the outer layer of the skin. These peels use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid.
- Medium peels: These use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layer of skin.
- Deep peels: These fully penetrate the middle layer to remove dead skin cells.
Try these open pores treatments to minimise the appearance of your pores and bid goodbye to a dull complexion. All these treatments are safe and highly effective. However, in order to prevent any complications and minimise the risk of side effects, I recommend that you get treatments (like microneedling, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing) done only by a certified doctor. If you want to book a consultation with me, click here.