How to reduce open pores?

Large or open pores are a big concern for many people all over the world. It is an irritating skin condition and also causes a lot of other, serious skin problems.

If you are also suffering from large or open pores, here’s an informative guide for you which will help you understand its causes and how you can minimise them as well.

So, let’s find out what causes them?

There are several different factors leading to open pores but the thing that is most important is determining the cause so that the most effective treatment can be tailored for each individual. 

Most people who are troubled with open pores will most likely have 2-3 contributing factors. The top five contributing factors that we see quite often include –

1. Oily skin: If you have truly oily skin (only 3% of the population do) it is very likely you will have enlarged pores. This is because excess oil can swell the pore wall and your pores look larger than normal.

2. Ageing / UV Damage: Ageing causes your skin to ‘droop’ due to loss of collagen and elasticity. Because pores are part of the skin, when the skin becomes laxer with age, pores will stretch along with it and therefore appear larger.

3. Incorrect Skincare: If you’re using any products designed to clear excess oil or refine pores, you could be working against yourself. These products commonly produce a drying effect, leading your pores to look smaller. But if your skin becomes too dry, your sebaceous glands increase sebum production to replenish the lost moisture. This again causes oily skin.

4. Your gender and hormones: Men have more active sebaceous glands, and therefore more pores than women. Both their sebaceous glands and their pores are larger than those of women, with sebum production being double that of women.  However hormonal changes, like pregnancy, menstruation and puberty can increase sebaceous gland activity in women and this can contribute to the appearance of large pores.

5. Genetics: People who have inherited a genetically oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores since their oil glands are more active. 

So how do you improve or minimise your large, open pores?

There is no one treatment or one, miraculous product to reduce pores, our approach to this skin condition is always multi-faceted. 

To achieve smaller pores, we start by:

  • First assessing your skin type and skin history.
  • We then carry out professional treatments so that the pores are cleared of any excess oil and dead skin cell build up.
  • We introduce products to regulate the oil flow and then progress to tighten the pore opening, if required. 
  • Wait and watch the progress. Micro needling may be recommended depending on the severity of the problem.

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