Do you know that our pores enlarge throughout our lives?
Who & Why?
Many people may think that enlarged pores are a problem that comes with teenage and oily skin. That’s true, but as we age, our pores grow larger and will get worse, too. With age, natural enlargement of the underlying oil glands occurs, along with diminishment of collagen, consequently the ducts compress, allowing the oil glands to rise to the surface of the skin.
Pores enlarge for the same reasons that skin develops wrinkles: loss of collagen, loss of elasticity, and thinning of the skin. As a result of the lack of elasticity, the skin grows less able to close the pores.
Do you have oily skin?
Enlarged pores is not always a problem for every women. It is said that thick and oily skin is more prone to enlarged pores in the T-zone because oil and debris on the skin may increase pore size. If you have oily skin, the benefit is that you will develop fewer lines and wrinkles as you age than someone with thin, less porous skin.
If you have thin, dry-to-normal skin, enlarged pores aren’t likely to become an issue until you reach your forties or fifties, when a significant amount of collagen may break down due to aging and sun exposure.
In fact, sun exposure is another major contributor to enlarged pores.
How to treat it?
One of the most important things you can do for your pores is to clean them throughly and couple that with the right treatment cream, preferably with salicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that doesn’t strip moisture from the skin while it cleans and clarifies.
Don’t forget that you can custom tailor your cleansing routine. If you only have enlarged pores in the T-zone around the nose, cheeks, and forehead, try using a pore-specific cleanser there and use your regular cleanser on the rest of your face. Washing with a good cleanser is an excellent start, but not enough. First, you’ll need to wipe your face with a cotton ball soaked in a toner. You will be surprised how much dirt it picks up. Both the cleanser and the toner should contain glycolic acid (alpha-hydroxy and /or beta-hydroxy acids), which actually dissolves the ‘glue’ that holds the skin cells together, so surface cells dislodge and slide off.
Since, throughout the day, your pores collect sebum and debris, encouraging them to grow even larger, you’ll need an agent that can dissolve sebum and dislodge old dead skin cells that clog the pores. Glycolic acid, fruit acids, and salicylic acid are the best choices for cleanser and toner.
Home treatments and non-invasive treatments
If you have normal to oily skin and are troubled by enlarged pores, use a ‘home’ microdermabrasion cream once or twice a week. You may also benefit from regular, in-office superficial peels. You may start off peeling no more than once a week. Never do a ‘home’ peel on the same day as ‘home’ microdermabrasion to avoid serious irritation. These are the 2 recommendation home treatments that helps to keep pores unclogged. A microdermabrasion treatment done at the doctor’s office is another more extensive exfoliating treatment you can undergo without incurring any recovery time. In addition, superficial chemical peels are also one of the best to used for cleaning out debris in pores and help refine the appearance. Some non-invasive treatments, like IPL and Smoothbeam laser, that heat deep into the skin will also work wonder on enlarged pores.
It is also important not to use a cream on an oily T-zone. Moisture is not an issue for an oily area, and if you feed it with an oily cream, it may clog pores. However, you do need to use a lipid-based moisturizing serum around the eye area. This region never seems to have enough oil, even if the rest of the face is oily.