WHAT IS IT:
Pores are normal and their size is influenced by genetics and the amount of oil the pore is producing. The apparent size of the pores on our skin can be related to more complex factors.
The natural inherited size of our pores is not something we can change with anything other than more significant aesthetic procedures such as ablative laser resurfacing. What we can improve much more easily is the way the skin functions and general levels of skin congestion. This can often make a considerable difference.
Changes to scarring and structural improvements to the skin can be achieved with procedures such as Microneedling and ablative laser treatments. Ageing and sun damage can exacerbate or cause increased pore size. In these situations, collagen stimulating therapies can help.
APPARENT LARGE PORES CAN BE DUE TO:
Inherited pore size - oil glands mature during adolescence
Oily skin - pores dilate in response to what they need to release
Blocked pores, blackheads and whiteheads – these stretch and increase the appearance of pore size
Scarring – previous spots can cause small scars in the pore and make them look like enlarged pores
Hyperkeratosis - a build-up of dead skin on the surface as a result of slow cell renewal makes pores look less refined
Sun damage and ageing - loss of collagen results in less support for the pore and it becomes larger. Significant sun damage can result in very enlarged pores or a condition called Elastosis.
Sebaceous hyperplasia - a distortion of a pore which often looks like a cross between a blackhead and a milium (a single milia)
Rhinophyma - thickening of the skin sometimes found in rosacea
Dehydration and Impaired Barrier Function – these can give the skin a course, dull appearance