Enlarged pores can cause distress in individuals since they most commonly appear on the face, and so are visible every time they look in the mirror. However, there is much that can be done to minimise them. This includes using microneedling techniques, and skin peels.
Enlarged pores are usually caused by over-active sebaceous (oil) glands. This results in the pores becoming blocked and therefore more visible. Other causes include ageing (the skin ‘stretches’), too much sun, hormone imbalance and menstruation.
Microneedling is minimally invasive and treats enlarged pores using collagen production. In other words, it encourages the skin to produce more collagen after pricking it slightly. This new skin is firmer and more even toned, while the pinpricks are so minimal that they’re invisible to the naked eye. You’ll receive an anaesthetic an hour before the treatment begins.
Chemical peels are a type of instant exfoliation for the skin. They dissolve dead skin and encourage fast cell and collagen renewal by removing the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). This is achieved using trichloroacetic acid. The result is younger, tighter and healthier looking skin.
Laser treatment (non-ablative) also stimulates collagen production and renews existing damage to the skin.