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Open Pores

Open pores can refer to large pores on the skin or even certain types of acne. In an effort to achieve perfect skin, many people try to “get rid” of their pores. Pores are a natural part of the skin don’t go completely but can go away. Open pores can be a real problem for many people. They can sometimes be visible and can be unattractive. 

Large pores are noticeable to the naked eye. The size is common in both oily and combination skin because of excess oil production from sebaceous glands. These glands are located beneath the skin’s surface. Such an openness in the pores can also increase acne problems. Blackheads, a common skin complaint, form into plugs at the opening of your pores.

The term “open pores” can lead to misconceptions about the size of your pores. The size ultimately depends on the activity level of the sebaceous glands, and not on your beauty habits. Also, while blackheads might make your pores look bigger, the pores won’t shrink if you remove the plugs.

Open Pores

Cause of Open Pores

Most often, genetics determine who will have large pores. Other causes for large pores can be oily skin, since excess oil sits around the skin’s pores, making them appear enlarged. Oily and unclean skin can also cause oils to settle around the pores, making them appear larger as the skin around them thickens.

Skin thickens from sun damage and aging as cells build up around pore openings. Ironically, rather than hiding skin imperfections, makeup can actually cause pores to appear enlarged, especially when it’s not properly washed off. It can also settle in and around pores to highlight instead of hide them. But mostly, cosmetics can be a magnet for dirt and oils, causing large pores to, quite literally, shine.

Blackheads may not cause large pores, but they are an undesirable result of them, a result of dirt settling into large pores and given their dark color being especially easy to spot on the skin.

Open Pores Treatment Summary
Below are some of the common solutions that are effective in the management of open pores. For those whom the problem seems serious may have to resort to dermatological treatments for relief. And remember, there’s no one time cure for the problem: 

  • Home Care: One of the most common, and often effective, ways to deal with enlarged pores is to use a salicylic acid based face wash regularly.
  • Chemical Peels: Regular chemical peels like TCA (tricloroacetic acid), Salicylic acid and Vitamin A peels,with peels the skin becomes smoother and the appearance of open pores is dulled.
  • Mesotherapy: Here tiny amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals are injected directly into the facial skin, using very thin micro needles. The results are visible in 3 days after the procedure and the open pores decrease by 70 – 80%. The results last between 2 – 3 months and then the session is repeated. This method has one of the highest success rates for treating open pores.
  • Microneedling: This is a technique in which the face of the skin is rolled with very small needles- stimulating an injury. In response, the skin stimulates collagen production that reduces the size of the pores. 4-6 sittings of micro needling, at 4-6 weeks intervals are quite effective. The skin is numbed using an anaesthetic cream prior to the procedure. The skin remains red for 1 – 2 days post procedure. 
  • Radio Frequency: This procedure can shrink open pores quickly. The smaller pores are barely visible after the treatment, and the larger ones are less obvious. Repeated sessions, at fortnightly to monthly intervals are required for improved and sustained results. The results are temporary and last for a fortnight to a month.
  • Lasers: The fractional lasers or frasel are the latest in treating open pores and helps in pore reduction. They are very effective with less downtime. 4 – 6 sessions are required on a monthly basis depending on the severity of the pores. The results achieved are permanent. This is the latest technique presently available.

These are the various treatments available for open pores.