Pores can cause problems such as acne and oily skin but did you know that they actually exist for a good reason?
Pores provide a way for the body to flush out toxins, regulate temperature and moisturize dry skin. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to sweat and our bodies would overheat. That can be detrimental. However, excessive dirt and oil build up can cause acne and large pores which make the skin look older.
Our bodies produce sebum, an oily substance that keeps skin from drying out. People who have naturally oily skin tend to have larger pores. This is because when oil and dirt collect in skin, the skin swells and the pores look larger than they normally would.
Some people may also associate large pores with severe acne, but this isn’t always the case. As we age our skin loses its elasticity, which can cause pores to look bigger. Sun damage, typically accumulated with age and exposure, also affects the appearance of pores. It thickens skin, causing cells to collect around the edges of the pores, which stretch them out.
“Pore favour ‘por favor’ (Spanish for please)?” – We hear your sighs.
Practising a healthy cleaning habit can reduce the appearance of large pores.
Cleaning with a gentle cleanser after sweating can prevent oil from building up. Using an exfoliating cleanser once a week will also help break down dead skin cells that clog pores and can give skin a smoother appearance. But what if diligence is not enough? You don’t have to be distraught and it doesn’t have to rain when it pores.
Enlarged pores are often caused by oily and ageing skin. Although one may argue that enlarged pores are derived mostly from our parents and grandparents aka DNA or genes. Laser treatments such as PICOCARE laser can effectively address this issue.