Discover how to unclog, shrink, and clean pores
Exposed or enlarged pores can cause a number of skin-related issues, think whiteheads and blackheads. They can also make skin texture and tone uneven. And while the market is full of pore minimiser products, most are rarely effective.
Realistically it is impossible to completely get rid of large pores, but you can still mitigate them through home remedies, over the counter treatment, or cosmetic procedures. Before we learn more about different pore minimisers, let us try to understand what are enlarged pores.
What are enlarged pores?
Our face has two types of pores. The first ones, called oil pores, are sebaceous pores that release oil and the second ones, known as sweat pores, release sweat. It is the later ones that are more susceptible to inflammation. According to a 2016 study, some of the main causes of enlarged pores are excessive sebum production, clogging of the hair follicles, and reduced elasticity around pores. Other than this, hormonal imbalances and chemical reactions also lead to open pores.
How to reduce pores?
An easy and quick method is buying over-the-counter cleansers that have salicylic acid and beta hydroxy acids. Topical serums with lactobionic acid or exfoliators with mandelic acid and gluconolactone can also be used as a pore minimiser. Just make sure that the products you are buying have only seven to 10 percent active ingredients, anything more that can be harsh on your skin. This is an effective treatment if used religiously, but you will see results only after a few months.
In-clinic procedures are a more suited option if you’re looking to clean and shrink pores for the long run. Here are some cosmetic procedures that are great pore minimisers:
- Baby Botox
As its name suggests, baby botox refers to tiny doses of botox being injected into one’s face. It gives a smooth and youthful glow to skin, without giving a “frozen” expression. In many cases, it is specifically used to target inflamed pores and reduce them. Baby botox requires very little recovery time of just 24 hours. One session of baby botox can be concluded in less than 20 minutes.
- Aquagold Fine Touch
This is a clinically-tested skin device made of 24k gold plated surgical needles. These needles are as thin as human hair follicles and painlessly penetrate the skin. The Aquagold Fine Touch treatment is used to inject botox, neurotoxins, acids, fillers, and collagen activators.
It reduces scars, treats sun-damaged parts, evens out the pigmentation and minimises open pores. People notice smaller pores, increased elasticity and smoothness after one session of this minimally-invasive treatment. It works for men and women equally well. One has to be between the age group of the late ’20s to early ’50s to use this device.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is employed to reduce signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. It also minimises open pores effectively and evens out skin texture. According to a comprehensive study of trends, IPL therapy has shown improvements in the reduction of pore size and skin texture,
Laser treatment and IPL both use light and heat but the light from IPL is more scattered. IPL penetrated directly to the dermis layer (second layer) of the skin without harming the epidermis layer (first layer).
- LED Light Therapy
Light-emitting diode (LED) therapy is widely used by aestheticians to treat acne, subdue inflammation, and limit the effects of ageing by lessening pigmentation and closing enlarged pores. It uses red and blue light to stimulate collagen production and treat the above-mentioned issues.
Since most pore enlargement issues stem from overactive sebaceous glands, the LED Light therapy uses blue light to defuse them. This, by extension, diminishes pore sizes. The LED Light therapy is deemed safe by the American Association of Dermatology and clinical trials have shown that side effects associated with the therapy are rare.
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