As the largest organ of your body, your skin is an active protective layer with several important functions. Two crucial processes are sweating, for temperature regulation, and sebum production, which generates a thin oily layer that guards against external pathogens while also lubricating the skin.
Both sweat and sebum pass through pores in your skin. As you get older, these pores sometimes become more prominent as time and sun exposure break down the support tissues in your skin’s middle layer. Larger pores are one factor that changes the texture of skin, aging its appearance.
Fortunately, there are aesthetic treatments that restore pore support, revitalizing this aspect of your skin’s appearance. When pore size becomes an issue that concerns you, talk to the specialists at Bayview General Medicine. We have solutions, including three state-of-the-art procedures that clean, clear, and shrink enlarged pores.
Causes of large pores
Pore size is largely a genetic trait. If your blood relatives have large pores, chances are you will too. You’re also more likely to have larger pores around the middle of your face, where the largest concentration of sebaceous glands usually are. Men also tend to have more of these glands and, in general, skin that’s more oily.
Hormone shifts, like those at puberty, menopause, and through the menstrual cycle, can also increase pore size. Though there’s nothing you can do to shrink the natural size of pores, there are ways to blend the appearance of your pores, returning a more youthful complexion.
One of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today is Hydrafacial, a proprietary cleansing and hydrating system that can be customized to meet the needs of your skin. A form of hydradermabrasion, Hydrafacial uses a stimulating wand coupled with suction to not only deep clean your skin, but also to vacuum away loose skin and excess oil.
At the same time, Hydrafacial moisturizes and nourishes with a custom selection of serums. Unlike other types of facial, you’ll experience no pain and minimal skin irritation.
The deep cleanse thoroughly clears your pores, which is often enough on its own to minimize the appearance of large pores. Overall skin tone is smoothed and improved. Hydrafacial produces dramatic effects for a noninvasive skin treatment.
Potenza™ RF microneedling
Microneedling has long been used to create tiny micro injuries to stimulate blood flow and new tissue growth. Adding radiofrequency (RF) energy into the mix adds to the treatment by advancing the generation of new collagen in the skin’s middle layers. A refreshed collagen matrix supports skin pores, reducing them to a minimum diameter.
Though the PicoSure laser system is perhaps best known for its abilities as a tattoo removal treatment, it can also stimulate the formation of collagen without damaging skin on the surface.
With bursts of energy measured in picoseconds, PicoSure rejuvenates the collagen layer, reducing the appearance of large pores. It can also minimize acne scars and wrinkles as well as breaking up skin and ink pigments.
These are just a few of the cosmetic procedures that can help with large pore conditions. Consult with the skin pigment specialists at Bayview General Medicine to learn more. You can reach our office by phone or online. Schedule your visit today.