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Reduce Pore Size | Minimise clogged or enlarged pores on nose and face.

How to reduce pore size? Laser therapy, microneedling, extraction facials, skincare and peels are all useful to minimise pores.  Most treatments are temporary and require routine maintenance.  However, some provide longer-term results. These treatments can be divided into three categories.

  1. Laser and microneedling to achieve a longer-term reduction in skin pore size.
  2. Temporary: Treatments that minimise enlarged pores by keeping them clear of sebum. These include extraction facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. These require regular scheduling.
  3.  Skincare such as prescription vitamin A and BHA provide an excellent start to reduce pore size. Once again, skincare requires daily use.
  1. Laser Resurfacing & Other Treatments to Reduce Pore Size

Several lasers are effective in reducing pore size. Fraxel, fractional CO2, ablative erbium and even laser genesis work depending on the depth and skin colour and type. Carbon laser facials using Q switch or Pico laser can be added as part of ongoing treatment to reduce pore size. Radiofrequency microneedling is the best overall technology for pore shrinking results, although combining treatments give the best approach.

  • In people with darker skin colour, Pico lasers or radiofrequency such as rf microneedling are safer choices.
  • Correct application of skin needling can reduce pore size.
  • For deeper skin pores, TCA peels or TCA cross is indicated
  1. Therapies Designed to Clear Clogged Pores

There are a couple of therapy treatments that assist in minimising pores.

  • Chemical peels especially salicylic acid or Jessner peels help clear pore contents.
  • Extraction facials are used to not only clear blackheads & milia, but can also assist in clearing clogged pores.
  • Microdermabrasion uses suction to vacuum out pore contents.

As all of these therapies simply clear the sebum, this will reaccumulate, so routine maintenance is required.

  1. Skincare to Minimise Pores

Excellent products to help reduce pore size are prescription Vitamin A cream, Vitamin B (niacinamide) and over the counter BHA (Salicylic Acid).

  • Vitamin A works in several ways to help shrink or reduce pore size. Firstly, it helps slow oil production, and secondly, it helps stabilise the cell turn over—both of these helps to clear clogged pores.
  • Salicylic Acid or BHA 2% is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant. BHA penetrates the oil in the oil glands, helping exfoliate the pores on nose and face and improve the cosmetic appearance and minimise pore size.
  • The action of niacinamide is not clearly known.

How Long Does Skin Care Reduce Pore Size?

Daily application is required; results are a cumulative, and long-term reduction in pore size can be expected. However, these will both need to be applied daily to minimise pore size.

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What Causes Enlarged Pores?

Acne, enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads are all caused by problems with skin pore function and are mainly genetic.  Men and women both get enlarged pores, but there is a higher occurrence in men. The underlying predisposition to clogged pores is the amount of oil produced in your skin and susceptibility to the oil gland becoming obstructed.

Enlarged pores are caused by overproduction of oil and skin cells inside the pore. The pores become clogged with accumulated sebum and dead cells and slowly enlarge. So, treatments to minimise pores should address both of these.

Microdermabrasion For Acne | Clear Skin with Microdermabrasion Facial

A microdermabrasion facial can help settle mild acne for clean and bright skin and complexion. It works like a deep cleansing (sucking out and mildly abrading pore obstruction) to resolve pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. The layer of skin that is removed in very fine and consists of dead skin cells that have been adding to pore obstruction and acne, so the surface is not damaged in the process.

Microdermabrasion for Acne

A series of microdermabrasion facial treatments are required, spaced one to four weeks apart. (Depending on the severity of the congestion.) After each session, you will notice a gradual clearing of obstruction and settling of acne.

A study on the use of Microdermabrasion for Acne by the Ohio Medical Centre concluded that 96% of patients were pleased with their Microdermabrasion results and would recommend it to others. According to this study: “medical microdermabrasion has ‘satisfactory to excellent results’ on acne; microdermabrasion can be ‘effectively used’ to fight mild forms of acne.”

How Does Microdermabrasion for Acne Work?

Microdermabrasion for acne treatment works purely on physical abrasion and clearing of pore obstruction. When combined with other modalities such as extractions and peels the effectiveness of a microdermabrasion facial is multiplied.

What Is Involved in a Microdermabrasion Facial?

Similar to other facial treatments, a microdermabrasion facial starts with double cleansing and can be combined with peeling agents to help unblock comedones. It is not painful but may leave the skin slightly reddened. Microdermabrasion can also be combined with extraction facials if blackheads and whiteheads are predominant.

We offer a range of acne treatments, including Kleresca acne treatment for the treatment of moderate to severe and cystic acne.

We offer a free assessment with our dermal therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

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* DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from person to person.