The Problem with Pores

A skin topic that most people know of, but not a lot about, is skin pores. Except for places like the palms of our hands, soles of our feet and eyelids, we have pores throughout our entire body.

Most people speak of pores in a negative way, as we would much rather them be small instead of visible and large, especially on the face. However, it is important to learn more about the function of pores before we discount them all together. The do play an integral role in our body’s ability to keep our skin moisturized. Pores are tiny openings at the skin’s surface where our body’s natural oils are released. They are also the place where your hair follicles grow.

When everything goes smoothly, pores are not a problem or even noticeable. However, it is not uncommon for daily stress, hormones or other factors to cause our sebaceous glands (oil-production glands) to work over time and our skin pores to become clogged. When a pore gets clogged with sebum and dead skin cells, acne, cystic acne, white heads and black heads can develop.

In addition to clogged pores, the size of your pores may be an issue. Genetics actually determines the size of our pores, but they can become stretched out over time. It is considered undesirable to have large, visible pores on the face. The good news is that although you cannot shrink your pore size, a dermatologist can offer you ways in which you can prevent clogged pores or reduce the appearance of large pores.

Olansky Dermatology Associates offers a variety of aesthetic services to combat the signs of aging and help patients achieve smooth, clear skin. The Rejuvapen Automatic Therapy System is an example of a procedure that works very well in improving your pore appearance. This technique utilizes micro needles to make microperforations into the skin. As a result, the skin produces more collagen and elastin to repair these micro-perforations. The skin becomes firmer, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, circulation is stimulated, and pores appear finer.

If your pores seem like they are working against you instead of for you, contact a board certified dermatologist for help. There are many treatments available to help you clear clogged pores and improve large, visible pore appearance.

Posted on behalf of Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics