How Can I Shrink My Pores?
What are some of the ways to shrink large pores?
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What are pores?
Skin pores are tiny openings of oil glands in the skin and its size is genetically determined. People with oily skin tend to have a “large pore” appearance because the more active and larger oil glands needs bigger pores to release the oil/sebum to the surface of the skin. Pores may be more apparent on the nose, giving rise to a “strawberry nose” appearance. Pores are also common on cheeks where there is the greatest concentration of oil glands.
It is not easy to shrink pores, and to make matters worse, they can get bigger and become more elongated looking because of sagging skin. This is due to the gradual lost of collagen fibers with aging. Moreover, clogged pores are stretched and makes the pores look larger than they are.
Keeping your skin clean and pores unclogged is the best way to visibly reduce their appearance. Exfoliating the dead skin cells can help cleanse, stop them from getting clogged and stretched out and make them less of an issue. Avoid inappropriate squeezing that leads to micro-inflammation and peri-poral scarring. Dr Wong targets pores at the root level:
- counteract the active and large oil glands, with topical or oral medications
- and exfoliate the skin to keep pores unclogged with chemical or device based exfoliation
- enhance new collagen formation with topical creams and laser treatments
It is rather challenging to shrink your pores with topical products alone and a multi-level approach comprising topical exfoliants, Hydrafacial, chemical peeling (superficial and medium depth), laser resurfacing procedures and lasertoning will help.
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The “HydraFacial” treatment is the newest advance in non-laser skin resurfacing. HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. The HydraFacial treatment improves the appearance of congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin.
Chemical peeling involves the application of a chemical exfoliating agents to remove the outer layer of the skin. Dr Wong will use various chemical agents for different patients to produce the varying effects of superficial to medium chemical peels.
The peel will stimulate skin cell growth, skin thickening and new collagen formation. The regenerated skin will show improvement of pores, texture and smoothness of the skin.
Treatment using super pulsed, high-energy Acupulse CO2 fractional laser helps to stimulate new skin collagen formation, reduce skin pores, create more firmness and softness.
With the fractional technology, the recovery time is dramatically shortened, and complication minimized. Skin is treated with thousands of micron-diameter CO2 laser beams which remove (ablate fractionally) the dots of areas they hit and leaving surrounding tissue intact. This helps promote rapid healing and results in the skin pulling tighter because of new collagen formation.
Lasertoning is a non-ablative skin resurfacing laser for pores refinement. It is a gentler alternative to ablative laser treatments, with no patient downtime and a low risk of complications for all skin types. High powered beam of Q-switched ND-YAG laser is used to sweep across the facial skin repetitively to gives smoother texture and reduces pores. Treatments are repeated 5 to 10 times at intervals of between 1 to 2 weeks. Each treatment takes only 10-20 minutes per session. Treatments are often combined with other complimentary therapies to achieve maximum advantage with little or no risk of side effects.
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