What are effective methods to reduce pore size? Are lasers able to minimise pores permanently?
Do lasers reduce pore size permanently, or does the effect only last for 6 months? Do pores return back to their original size eventually?
Oil glands in the skin secrete oil which open into oil ducts in the skin. The opening of the oil ducts on the skin surface accounts for the pores. Sometimes it gets blocked and infected.
Hence, the activity of the oil glands and the elasticity of the skin is the reason for the pores we see on the skin. So if you want to combat the pores on the skin, we will need to know what causes your problem.
1)If you have history of bad acne, oily skin etc then laser and chemical peels targeting hyperactive oil glands will help. Laser(nonablative, subablative, ablative) and peels do help with pores but its not permanent. You still need a healthy lifestyle, good daily skincare regime and skin rejuvenation therapy.
2)If your pores are due to the poor elasticity of...
Thank you for your question. This is indeed a common concern for us all. Dr Ethan and Dr YZ have nicely summarised the options available. I shall touch on a few other points.
What are pores?
Pores are akin to breathing holes for your skin. They grow in size with age.
What causes pores?
Pores are caused by 3 main reasons.
- First, impurities like dead skin, debris, excess oil is trapped inside and causes it to grow like a balloon.
- Second, ageing causes the loss of collagen and elastin, so the pores lose the tautness and distends. Finally environmental factors like smoking and sun exposure speeds up the ageing process via collagen breakdown.
- Your genetic makeup.
So the big question is, how can you minimise...
Lasers can be classified into a few types – ablative, and sub/non-ablative.
Non-ablative lasers like the Q-Switched, or a Carbon Laser Peel can help to reduce the appearance of pore size by cleansing and unclogging the pores, but do not shrink pore size permanently.
Ablative lasers, like a fractional CO2 laser, are traditionally used to treat open pores. The fractional CO2 lasers resurface the skin by ‘burning’ away a layer of skin, which results in shallower scars or pores.
Instead of lasers, I would recommend the Venus Viva instead for treating open pores due to its many benefits.
The Venus Viva is a relatively new technology I’ve been using at my clinic for the past 2 years, and it combines both the resurfacing technology of a CO2 laser and also the effect of a conventional Radio-frequency.
Before we touch on the available treatments for enlarged pores, let us take a look at the causes or factors that contribute to enlarged pores:
- Acne scarring
- Loss of collagen and elasticity
- Accumulation of sebum and dirt that stretches the pore
With this in mind, we can go on to treatments that can help address these issues (points 2, 3 and 4).
1. Daily cleansing and weekly exfoliation
Keeps your skin clean and helps remove excess dirt and sebum that can enlarge your pores.
2. Skin resurfacing
Personally, I find the Venus Viva Nano-Fractional Radiofrequency excellent at smoothening the skin and reducing pores. Additionally, downtime is kept to a minimum and only slight pinkish-redness is seen by the 3rd day.
If you would...
Dr YZ made some excellent points regarding laser treatment, and reducing pore size. As he mentioned, Venus Viva RF treatment is an effective treatment for large pores.
“How do I reduce my pore size” is a very common question.
There are a couple of useful tricks to reduce pore size, depending on how big your pores are.
Pore size is partially determined by genetics – some people are just unlucky, and born with larger pores.
Others who have oily skin or acne also tend to have larger pores. If you have a bad habit of popping your zits, there’s a high likelihood that you will have permanently enlarged pores.
Lastly, aging skin loses it’s elasticity, which can cause pores to appear larger. So avoid sun exposure and smoking, both of which will age...
All the different treatment options are not permanent. Why not? Because our skin is a live tissue and will continue to age with time. So why bother to do treatment? Because it is like exercise. We exercise to keep our muscle and heart healthy.
Laser and other treatments mentioned are what I term as "Skin Exercise". These treatments keep the skin metabolism up and maintain it's youthfulness.
By the way, the pre- and post-treatment (laser or otherwise) skincare regime are very important and would affect the result significantly. Poor skincare might even result in complication such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Sun avoidance and sun protection would the number one concern.
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