We all have pores on our skin. In fact, the average adult has five million pores on their body with approximately 20,000 on their face alone! Pores allow the skin to breathe as well as help eliminate oils and toxins. Each pore contains its own sebaceous (oil-producing) gland and can produce a single shaft of hair.
The problem with pores, however, is that nobody really wants to see them – especially on your face. Pores that are too large and noticeable are often a source of concern. Small pores, on the other hand, can help support a smoother and more attractive complexion. But what can we do about pores if they are too big?
What Causes Pores to Get Bigger?
There are a number of reasons why your pores may look larger than your friend or sister’s pores. You’ll be glad to know that some of these factors are ones you can control. Advanced aesthetic treatments are also available to help reduce the appearance of large pores and provide a clearer and more desirable complexion.
If you do have large or noticeable pores on your face, here are some common culprits:
Poor Cleansing. Pores that are clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells will often expand. Consider frequent exfoliation in your skin care regime to help prevent large, clogged pores.
Time and Age. As we get older, our skin loses collagen and elasticity. Not only does this cause sagging skin and wrinkles, but it can contribute to larger pore size. The skin around the pores is less firm and not able to “girdle” your pores like it did in your youth. Sun damage and environmental factors can accelerate this result.
Gender. Large pores are often associated with oily skin. Males tend to produce more facial oils or sebum compared to women and suffer from large or clogged pores more frequently. Females, however, are subject to extra sebum production during hormone fluctuations such as menstruation.
Genetics. Unfortunately, your large pores may be a trait you inherited from your parents. Despite your efforts to keep your face healthy and clean, you may continue to suffer from your unsightly pores.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy for Large Pores
One of the most effective ways to reduce the appearance of large pores in all skin types involves advanced laser technology. When exfoliation or skin care products don’t help, laser therapy may be the ideal solution.
Laser treatments are a safe, quick and non-invasive way to address the texture and tone of your complexion while reducing the size of large pores. If the size of your pores is threatening your self-confidence, we invite you to learn more about our laser therapy options from Dr. Ben Talei at the Beverly Hills Center.