Pores are essentially the opening of hair follicles that penetrate several deeper layers of our skin. Each pore contains its own sebaceous (oil-producing) gland and can produce a single shaft of hair. When it comes to pores, however, nobody really wants to see them. In other words, when facial pores become too large, they become a source of concern. After all, small pores foster a smoother, clearer and more attractive complexion.
What Causes Pores to Get Bigger?
There are a number of reasons why pores appear larger, some of which you can control and many others in which you cannot control. The good news is that there are ways to address your pore size, including advanced aesthetic treatments from your dermatologist that reduce the appearance of large pores.
If you are bothered by large pores, it may help to understand why your pores have changed in size – or why they have always been rather big compared to your best friend. Here are some top reasons why your pores are large or “appear” larger than normal:
- Poor hygiene. When pores get clogged with excess dirt, dead skin cells, oil and bacteria, they will expand. A proper skin care regime with exfoliation can prevent large pores in many cases.
- Time and Age. Many adults experience large pores simply due to the effects of aging. When the face loses collagen and elasticity, the area around each pore becomes less firm. In result, there is less “girdle” and support around the pores, which causes clogged pores to dilate and appear larger. Sun damage and other environmental factors can accelerate this process.
- Gender. The size of a pore can be impacted by the amount of oil or sebum it produces. Men tend to have more output of pore-clogging oil and are more likely than women to experience larger pores. Hormones and menstruation, however, can also influence the production of sebum in females.
- Genetics. You may be able to blame your parents for your large pores. The size of your pores can be a genetic trait, especially if you have always had them despite your efforts to keep your skin clean and healthy.
How Laser Therapy Can Help Improve Unsightly Pores
Regardless of why you suffer from large pores, there are solutions available to you. While some adults can regain smaller, less visible pores with a better skin care regime, others may need to consider more advanced treatments. Olansky Dermatology proudly offers laser therapy as a proven method for improving skin texture and tone, as well as reducing the appearance of large pores. The Fraxel Dual Laser treatment is a safe, non-invasive procedure that allows you to rediscover fresh healthy skin with minimal downtime for most patients. All skin types can benefit from laser therapy. If your large pores threaten a confident complexion, let one of our Atlanta skilled skin specialists help.