There’s nothing richer than clean, healthy pores — and like other elements of appearance, it’s common for people to stress over their size. The smaller the pores, the clearer your skin appears. And in many cases, size does matter: enlarged pores, for starters, can indicate clogging and/or oil and bacteria buildup.
So what is the “need to know” on pores — those pesky complexion-dotting nuisances we wish we could airbrush away, magazine-style? I wanted to go over a couple of DMs that I’ve gotten, but one of them in particular is one that stands out to me because I hear it in my clinics all the time. That one question is how to reduce their pore size.
If you search, number one on any Google or any other platform search is anti-aging, and the second one is large pores. So I know that everybody deals with that.
The science for the larger pores, it’s an aging process. So it happens actually as our skin ages. And it’s funny because you would think that your younger clients with the black heads or the oil production would definitely have more of the larger pores, but it’s my clients that come in at age 30, 35 range where they’re slowly starting to age a little bit more, they’re seeing their pores become larger, especially when you get into like your 50s in your 60s.
Scientific term to kind of explain it all is as we get older, we start to wrinkle, and with wrinkling, we lose some of our collagen, our elastin. Our skin then starts to thin out a bit and we actually start the sagging process or the wrinkling process, as I would say. And most of the client that see the larger pores, it’s not necessarily that they have thicker skin, but it’s usually in the areas that their skin tends to be a little bit thicker, because their pores are now kind of stretched a little bit more. I see it more, I think, with men and you definitely see it with women as they age, maybe more or less on their nose area, or if they have thicker skin, their pores tend to be a little bit more visible because of that.
So you have the first layer of your skin, which is your epidermis. Then you have the dermis, which is like, say the bottom layer. There are several layers in between, but specifically those two. Then you have this rigid hair follicle, and that is connected to your sebaceous gland, because your sebaceous gland, your oil gland, is what lubricates that follicle. You have this base structure, but then your epidermis is starting to thin out as we get older, and your dermis is starting to thin out as you get older.
What happens is, it starts to kind of like sag upon this. You think of a light pole in between that’s very, very steady and sturdy. And what happens is when it starts to do that, then your pore starts to be more pronounced and it becomes larger.
I’m going forward on how do we fix what this problem is? So a lot of skincare lines that are on the market, they don’t have anything formulated to where they can fix or structure the tissues of the skin, because it is the aging process. First and foremost, I am going to jump straight into lasers because I see this all the time with a lot of clients coming through my door and a lot of clients that will DM me from it, or just even bad procedures that are done.
When you inflame the tissues of the skin, so say you’re going to go in and we’ll just roughly say for a laser treatment, or a lot of products that are on the market that say that they get rid of large pores. What they actually are doing is they are inflaming the tissues of the skin. So with inflaming those tissues of the skin, you are actually kind of swelling up the tissues a little bit and what happens is, with inflammation, you’re producing the collagen and the elastin production, but it’s wound repair collagen and elastin. It’s not the actual stuff, the good like juju that you want for your skin for the longterm. So when you create a wound to your skin, it traumas the skin, and then it actually will start breaking down the tissues of the skin and actually aging you faster.
For instance, you are going to go in and get a laser treatment. It’s going to trauma the skin to rejuvenate faster. But what happens is it does make your pores look smaller because your skin is inflamed. It’s fluffier, it’s enlarged, it has water retention, it’s in the mode of repair mode. So it appears small at that point. But when your skin is done healing, and it’s going through the cycle, you’ll actually notice that your pores will be larger and they’ll actually be a permanent enlargement.
I have seen a lot of clients that have come through my door that have had a series of three laser treatments and they come in and they’re like, “My pores are even larger.” And sadly, but it’s true, they’re larger and they’re going to stay like that because they are damaged. And we do have formulations that can help to repair that as well, which I’ll get into.
There are not many skincare lines out there that are going to actually restructure the tissues of the skin. And it is really my job to inform you guys of products that can help and to utilize, to make your skin start doing that itself and repairing it the more natural holistic way. So there is an ingredient out there and it is called trioxsalen. And with this ingredient, it helps to work with the tissues and help to actually start repairing the process. And it starts to make the epidermis work like it used to. That’s why this ingredient is so important for helping to restructure the pore.
What I mean by pore is the texture and the texture around the pore. Everybody after age 40 needs to start having help to work on the texture of their skin. Now, when it comes to treating the dermis, like the papillary dermis, you need to dive in deep a little bit more with vitamin A’s or with DNA repair, maybe even using few growth factors in your products. That’s going to help to restructure the underneath growth of your skin. And with working on the underneath and working on the surface, your skin, over time, will start to get that restructure back the way that it needs to. Now just know, like anything else, it’s taken this time for your body or your skin to get to this certain point. So it’s going to take that time to get your skin back to the element of what it needs to be. So that way the pores appear smoother.
Now just getting to pretty much what I teach my clients is really the basics of a fundamental skincare routine. And this is versus men or women, depending on the thickness or the texture of your skin. The anti-aging protocol, usually I would say, if you were in your 20s to your early 30s, you should be really looking at taking care of your skin as far as getting like a DNA repair or a vitamin C that’s going to help. We carry the Derm Repair, which I really, really like. It’s my favorite product, and that really helps with the restructure of the DNA. I use it a lot for pigmentation. I use it a lot for people that have a lot of scarring. And then you want to get into, I would say, 35 and up, your growth factors, things like that, to help to repair underneath the skin.
The one product that I was talking about to help the repair of the epidermis to thicken and structure that, is called our Recovery. And that product really helps to actually start eating off skin tags. It even helps with cancer cells, but so does our Derm Repair, that helps as well.
Hopefully, this helps you guys a little bit with some rundowns about your pores. Just know inflammatory procedures that you get done on your skin, they can definitely have a long lasting effect that can be permanent. So you really, really need to do some research and make sure this is definitely the step that you need to take.