Pores are the openings at the tip of your hair follicles that cover the entire body. Its main function is to release sebum, your body’s natural oil, to keep your skin moisturised. Although pores are necessary for maintaining healthy skin, we understand that enlarged facial pores can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance.
While you can’t really change the size of your pores, you can certainly minimise the appearance of unnaturally enlarged pores. Read on to find out what our expert – Dr Teo from Avenue+Co Medical Aesthetics – has to say about concealing these openings on your face without much fuss!
What causes enlarged facial pores?
Usually, genetics play a big role in determining your natural pore size. But, oily skin, sun damage and aging can be other factors that make your pores look bigger than they should be.
If you feel enlarged pores don’t sprout from your family tree, then Dr Lee says it really comes down to two main factors that you should weed out:
1. High sebum secretion (oily skin)
2. Loss of collagen causing reduced skin elasticity
The key is to be able to nip these issues at the bud before it blooms as enlarged pores. How?
Well, oily skin can be treated naturally with a honey or oatmeal mask. If this does not work, then Dr Teo recommends that you try over the counter products that contain retinoids or niacinamide. If you do, ensure that you follow the advice on the labels regarding when and how to use them.
Treating loss of collagen on the other hand, can be a little trickier. Although retinoids is one active ingredient that can help with that too, it is a gradual process that doesn’t always give optimal results.
Sounds like too much hassle with no guarantee? We know we promised you a quick solution that is sure to work on any skin type. What is it?
The combination treatment of fractional CO2 laser and a dermal filler is the best way to minimise your magnified pores.
No doubt, prominent pores, uneven skin tone, and rough skin texture can be frustrating to deal with, and in the past there was not much that could be done. Luckily, technological advancements have now allowed for the development of non-invasive laser and dermal treatments to minimise pore size and treat these multiple skin issues effectively. Plus, the good news is Avenue+Co Medical Aesthetics offers both these treatments at their clinic in Singapore, using the latest, advanced tools and equipment.
How can these treatments help? Well, fractional CO2 laser basically stimulates the body’s natural repair mechanism against loss of collagen. Once the targeted area is heated, the skin gives off signals that channels raw materials to that area for collagen reproduction. This process typically occurs within a month, leaving you with plumper, smoother, and tighter skin.
Couple this with a proven collagen-stimulating dermal filler and you’re sure to get long-lasting results, in downsizing these huge craters and improving your overall appearance. Collagen-stimulating dermal fillers not only minimises pores and restores plumpness to your face, but you can expect more refined skin texture, leaving you looking young and radiant!
Are these treatments safe? Is there downtime for these treatments?
Both these treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective.
The average recovery time for them is also not very extensive. You may experience slight bruising from 12-24 hours with a collagen-stimulating filler and about 1-2 weeks after a fractional CO2 laser treatment. This highly depends on the condition of your skin and the parameters treated. So it’s worth noting that you have to give your skin time to recover in between each treatment.
Dr Teo says it is quite normal to expect the skin to look reddish right after both treatments. You may also experience dryness and sensitivity in the area but this is only temporary.
“We practice administering a protective solution onto the facial skin before the treatments and a recovery mask pack with antioxidants to reduce the redness immediately after the fractional CO2 laser procedure is done,” says Dr Teo.
“Most of my clients say they feel just a slight prickling sensation and some warmth when the laser is applied to the skin. They have also given me feedback that the recovery protocol I practise has helped in the healing process,” he adds.
In summary, getting a combination medical treatment and using skincare containing the right active ingredients is definitely the best way to target and get rid of enlarged pores with sustaining results.
The main ingredients you should look for in your skincare products to help shrink these holes are retinoids and niacinamide. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen for extra protection against the harsh Singapore sun!
As for professional medical treatments, the best options to consider are; factional CO2 laser and collagen-stimulating dermal fillers. Which treatment you should consider first and the frequency of it depends on several factors such as the severity of your enlarged pores and condition of your skin. It is best that you discuss this with a certified physician – you can book an appointment with Dr Teo for a one-on-one consultation by clicking on this link.
How can you get rid of your enlarged facial pores effectively with no fuss? Have you tried any clinically proven, advanced aesthetic treatments to diminish them?Read more about the fractional CO2 procedure on Avenue+Co Medical Aesthetics official website to find out more.