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How to improve the appearance of enlarged pores

The pores that we see on the surface are actually the openings of hair follicles—

They are minute structures that the skin utilizes to release sweat and sebum (oil) produced by the sweat and sebaceous glands. In areas where there are more sebaceous glands and the production of sebum is more abundant, like the forehead and the nose, they tend to look larger.

That’s why oilier skin shows the pores more than dry skin because the pore size is closely related to the sebum production which is determined by hormonal activity. Another important cause of enlarged pores is the loss of skin density or volume. As the skin ages, the loss of collagen contributes to poor elasticity and loose skin makes the pores look more prominent.

There is not a whole lot we can do to change per say the size of the pore, but there are some things we can do to change and improve the appearance of the pores making them look more refined.

  • Exfoliating treatments such as:

microdermabrasion, chemical peels & laser; as well as home care acids like : glycolic, mandelic, salicylic, lactic etc., help remove dead skin cells making the skin and the pores look smoother. For your skincare routine, select the best exfoliating acid according to your skin type, be careful not to over use it because you can cause instead dryness and irritation.

  • Collagen stimulating ingredients and treatments like:

Retinoids, stem cells, peptides, lasers, LED therapy, microneedling etc. support collagen synthesis.

Newer cells look more plump and healthy, therefore giving the complexion a more refined appearance.

  • Active ingredients like:

a) Hyaluronic Acid a great hydrating ingredient 

b) Niacinamide which helps balance sebum production work wonderfully with other treatments to help improve the look of enlarged pores.

The key is to find what suits your skin best! remember that everyone’s skin is different and what is good for someone else might not be good for your skin.

Thank you very much for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare