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Enlarged Pores

Pores are the skin’s gateway and play an essential role in skin health.

Enlarged pores are a common concern and while we can’t completely remove pores we can help in minimising their appearance.


What is a pore?
A pore is basically the top portion of what is known as the pilo sebaceous unit. This unit contains structures such as the hair follicle, hair, sebaceous gland, arrector pili muscle, eccrine sweat gland and apocrine sweat gland. It is a fundamental part of your skin and its health, as it secretes sebum to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair. Sebum is composed of triglycerides, wax esters, squalene and metabolites of fat cells. This wonderful concoction helps protect our skin from bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. It plays a huge part in preventing what is known in the industry as ‘epidermal water loss’, which creates dehydration and a subsequent deficiency in cell messaging and activity: in other words your skin can become dull, sallow, exhibit fine lines and become sensitized to its environment.
What causes enlarged pores?
There are different reasons for enlarged pores. In an oily skin, the unit beneath the pore can contain a larger sebaceous gland, with more secretions creating a slightly larger opening; this is great for the skin but not appreciated aesthetically. The biggest contribution to enlarged pores is ageing and basically we lose the integrity of the skin including the area around the pore. As we accumulate sun damage it breaks down collagen and elastin fibres, the skin starts to sag and thin, and loses support. The pore looks larger because the unit underneath remains the same but the skin sags around it.
How do you reduce pore size?
To treat enlarged pores we need to increase the thickness and quality of skin. This is done by decreasing exposure to sun through antioxidants and sunscreen, to reduce further breakdown of these collagen and elastin fibres. Diet is also a consideration in terms of antioxidant and sugar intake (carbohydrates) as this creates stiffening of these fibres.

By introducing appropriate doses of vitamin A and C to the skin topically, we can encourage the skin to increase collagen production and reduce its breakdown. Eventually the skin will thicken and ‘pad out’, reducing fine lines, scarring and pores.

Medical Grade Skincare is essential to create a healthy foundation before considering further skin treatments such as Natural Peels, Healite Therapy or IPL (all of which can be effective in reducing pore size).

What treatments are available to reduce pores?
  • Medical Grade Skin Care: is the foundation to prepare the skin for other treatments, stimulate normal healthy function and maintain results
  • Healite Therapy: stimulates your skin’s natural repair, improving collagen production and giving your skin cells more energy. Over a course of treatments fine lines soften and skin appears fresher. Can also improve recovery after injectable treatments.
  • Dermal Needling: stimulates collagen and improves production, thickening the skin, padding out pores, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Natural Peels: remove the dead layer of skin cells, improving oil flow and hydration to give a healthy glow to the skin.
  • Vampire Facial Plus: Collagen Induction therapy with e-Dermastamp combined with regenerative PRP and hydrating HA to maximise the skin’ ability to repair collagen and elastin
To start your skin journey today, contact us for an Initial Skin Consultation with one of our skin team. Book online here or give us a call on 0800 267 633
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