Understanding Enlarged Pores

Understanding Enlarged Pores

A 30-something woman recently visited us at our Latham office for a skin care consultation. Her main concern wasn’t the common issues that we encounter regularly such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and sunspots. “It’s how larger than normal my pores are,” she said. “I have tried all kinds of pore-refining formulas but nothing seems to work!”

Basically, pore size has to do with a combination of the following factors:

  • Genetics – Pore size is mostly genetically determined. Plus, genetics has a huge influence on whether or not you will have oily skin, which also affects pore size. In addition, excess oil can make the skin thicker, which makes pores appear more prominent. Having oily skin means an increased risk of clogging, which in turn leads to breakouts.
  • Collagen loss – The skin gradually loses its ability to produce collagen with advancing age. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance that makes the skin appear plump and naturally youthful. It also acts as a supporting structure to the skin, so dwindling collagen levels lead to dull skin texture.
  • Long-term, unprotected sun exposure – Aside from being primarily responsible for the appearance of wrinkles, sun exposure also influences the appearance of enlarged pores. Ultraviolet radiation robs the skin of collagen and elastin (like collagen, elastin is a natural substance found in the skin that helps promote healthy skin) and eventually influences the prominent appearance of pores.

Fraxel for enlarged pores

At K Plastic Surgery, Fraxel is a type of laser treatment that has helped many of our patients who want to achieve a poreless, flawless look. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about Fraxel. Call 518.346.0002 to schedule an appointment at our Latham and Guilderland offices!