If you’ve ever had oily skin (or been a teenager!) you have probably experienced the frustration of a clogged pore or two. Very typical among teens, clogged pores comprise a mixture of dead skin cells, sebum (oil) and dirt.
For teens, clogged pores can translate to painful and unsightly blackheads and acne. For adults, it can be far worse. That’s because as we age, our collagen production slows down, causing our skin to lose elasticity. When this happens, it becomes difficult for our skin to "snap back." This means that when adults experience clogged pores, not only are they subject to the same acne and blackheads as teens, but now their pores may also not shrink back to their normal size once the dirt and oil is cleared out. As a result, the skin appears rough or pitted, and pores are often noticeable - even when they aren’t clogged.
So, what can you do if your pores are clean, but they don’t seem to shrink back to their normal (invisible) size? Here are some tried and true treatments that will shrink your enlarged pores and help restore a radiant and youthful glow to your complexion.
Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliation treatment that sloughs off layers of dead skin to reveal the younger, healthier skin below. It works using a tool that blasts tiny aluminum oxide crystals into the skin, suctioning them back out along with the exfoliated skin left behind. Microdermabrasion reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne, scarring, sun damage and, yes, even enlarged pores! For best results, we recommend four to six microdermabrasion sessions every two to four weeks.
Dermapen is a fractionated microneedling device that treats enlarged pores, wrinkles, fine lines and scarring. Microneedling uses tiny needles to cause what is known as "microinjuries" to the skin. These microinjuries force the skin to heal itself and in the process generate new, more youthful collagen and tissue. Dermapen treatments last about an hour and are typically painless. Patients can expect some redness of the skin for about 24 hours after their treatment. Best results are achieved in about four to six sessions every four weeks.
Laser resurfacing uses CO2 laser technology to resurface the top layer of skin. Much like the Dermapen, the laser resurfacing injures the top layer of skin, causing microinjuries to regenerate the skin with an even surface and pigmentation. Laser resurfacing is designed to target sun damage, discoloration, lines and wrinkles, and overall collagen production. Increased collagen production means firmer skin, and firmer skin means tighter pores.
Zo Skin Health Products
The best way to treat and prevent enlarged pores is by taking excellent care of your skin at home. While many commercial products claim to treat enlarged pores, most don’t live up to the hype. The Zo Skin Health line is different. Created by a dermatologist, Zo Skin Health uses medical-grade ingredients to treat and prevent common skin care problems that people experience as they age, including enlarged pores. By keeping the pores clean and free of sebum and debris, pores remain smaller, causing less stretching.
If you have any questions or concerns about how to care for your skin, or if you’d like to set up a consultation to discuss skin care or any other treatment, please give Dr. Mitchell’s office a call at 702-430-1198.