HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING ABOUT BIG PORES
Do you and Regina George have something in common?
Many of our patients often complain of this Mean Girls moment, when they look in the mirror and feel like their pores are huge. Thankfully there is a lot you can do to minimise and clear pores, and Kristin Campbell, registered nurse and pores professional tells us how.
Pores are openings in the skin that allow the hair follicle to reach the surface. The hair follicle is responsible for bringing oil to the surface, which is why enlarged pores often go hand in hand with oily skin and acne.
While bigger, oilier pores generally mean your skin will wrinkle less (win), it’s frustrating having them glaring out from your skin every day.
SKINCARE TO TREAT HUGE PORES
As a general rule, skincare designed for oily skin should be good for those prone to large and clogged pores. Look for statements like non-comedogenic, non-pore clogging, non acne forming and oil free.
Active skincare for pores may include creams with vitamin A (like Retinol or Retinaldehyde) and vitamin B (Niacinamide). Prescription strength vitamin A is excellent at clearing pores and is termed comedolytic, as it burrows down into the hair follicles breaking up comedones (which are the mini blockages preceding pimples). These medical strength vitamins As are brilliant products but have to be used under the supervision of a doctor.
The vitamin A we love is SkinMedica's Retinol range because with the varying strengths there is one to suite everyone. Those new to vitamin A can start with the 0.25% increasing to 0.5% and then 1.0%, which should only ever be used under expert advice.
Beta Hydroxy Acid (salicylic acid/BHA) works as an exfoliant and can dislodge debris from pores by burrowing deep into the oils of the sebaceous glands. This extracts dead cells and debris which helps to clear the pore.
IN THE CLINIC
There are many treatments that are successful but a favourite is the Q - switched YAG laser, which has proven effective in reducing the size of enlarged pores by stimulating collagen production. This can also improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring, and is a popular facial rejuvenation treatment.
*All results shown on our website have been achieved by our team members. Please note that results are individual and may vary.