The pores in our skin serve a vital purpose. They allow sebum and oils to pass through to keep the skin soft and moisturized. They also allow sweat to exit the body and cool us as well as remove toxins. Your skin is completely covered in pores from the top of your scalp to the soles of your feet, but in some areas, the pores may appear larger and more noticeable than in others. The appearance of large pores is always most noticeable on the face.
Pore size is largely genetic but excess oil production and loss of skin elasticity due to aging can make them more prominent. Large pores pose more problems than just their appearance. They affect the way your makeup goes on, and they are more prone to becoming clogged with skin debris which can lead to breakouts. Today we will discuss procedures and treatments that can minimize your pores to give you smoother skin.
Microneedling - Microneedling is a procedure that uses a device to create tiny micro-injuries to your skin that stimulate the production of collagen and cell renewal. This process plumps the skin and improves elasticity. Not only can micro-needling reduce pore size but it can also minimize scarring and reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother, more youthful appearance. The only side effects of this procedure are some mild redness and swelling that usually resolve within 24 hours, so you’re free to resume your usual activities right away.
Microdermabrasion - Microdermabrasion is a procedure that resurfaces the skin through deep exfoliation. A special device delivers bursts of microcrystals to the skin that blast away built-up dead skin cells. This process also stimulates collagen and skin cell production to restore elasticity and give you a youthful glow. Microdermabrasion can unclog enlarged pores while minimizing their appearance over time. You’ll notice results right away, but maximum results will be reached after a few treatments.
Chemical Peels - Chemical peels are another skin resurfacing treatment. Peels involve the use of chemicals to peel away the outer layers of damaged skin to reveal the new supple skin underneath. Chemical peels help fight all signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and enlarged pore size. They even improve the effectiveness of skincare products like masks and toners that can further minimize the appearance of your pores. Chemical peels are a little more intense than other treatments and depending on the level of peel you opt for could take a few days for a light peel to a couple of weeks for a deep peel for your skin to recover and reveal the full effect.
Facials - Facials provide numerous benefits to your skin. They are more gentle than other treatments and procedures on this list making them perfect for a quick complexion boost for an upcoming special event. Facials help to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, stop and prevent breakouts, reduce freckles and age spots, and minimize mild scarring and large pores. You’ll notice your skin looking smoother right away, but the results get better over time. So maintaining a regular schedule of monthly facials is key to obtaining optimal results.
If large pores are affecting your appearance and confidence in a negative way, it’s time to consult the knowledgeable estheticians at Helen’s Haven. We’ll evaluate your skin and recommend the appropriate treatment to give you the younger, smoother-looking skin you want. Give us a call at 808-739-0400 to schedule an appointment today. You can also download our free app on iTunes or Google Play to make scheduling appointments from your mobile device even easier.. We look forward to serving you soon at 4819 Ave., #6 in Honolulu.