If it seems you’ve tried every pore minimizer out there and haven’t seen positive results for your enlarged pores, don’t give up hope! At Dermal Health, we take a research-backed approach to target the root causes of large pores.
Enlarged pores are an aesthetic concern for men and women of all ages and many of us spend a lot of time and money on products that claim to shrink them. For every dermatologist-recommended treatment option, it seems that there are just as many myths and gimmicks that aren’t going to be very effective at all.
Pores are the openings of hair follicles that contain oil glands (also called sebaceous glands) that lie below the skin’s surface. The T-zone area has more oil glands which is why most enlarged pore problems are concentrated around the nose, forehead and chin. The face has 400 to 800 pores/cm2 compared with 50 pores/cm2 on the arms and legs. Oily skin types are more likely to have enlarged pores.
Treatment objections to reduce pore size and improve the appearance of pores:
1. Smooth skin surface with chemical exfoliation / peeling:
Heaped up dead skin cells on the skin’s surface reflects light poorly. This emphasizes the openings on the skin’s surface making them look larger. Smooth skin reflects light and helps conceal the pores. For this reason exfoliation with hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance of the pores. Using a salicylic acid cleanser or peel can help remove oil and debris from the pore which also helps the skin look smoother.
Include one or more of the following products: Renewal cleanser, Pore Control cleanser, Daily Acne peel, Acne repair serum, Excelerate, Chemical peel spray
2. Increase Collagen production:
Thickening the walls of the pores goes a long way toward decreasing their visibility. Products that increase collagen production like vitamin C, hydroxy acids and retinoids are good choices.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) can also help visibly improve stretched out, enlarged pores, but it works in a much different way than BHA. Niacinamide boosts skin’s natural repair processes to provide a "tightened-up" look. Research also demonstrates that niacinamide has significant anti-aging properties, so your skin reaps both benefits at once.
Include one or more of the following products: Collagen serum, Retinol serum
3. Reduce the size of oil glands:
4. Decongest pores and keep it clean:
Preventing Enlarged Pores
1. Avoid environmental assaults that break down collagen and elastin, including sun exposure and cigarette smoke.
2. When pores get clogged with dead cells, makeup and oil, they stretch and appear larger.
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