The Truth About Enlarged Pores

affirm-laser-treatmentThe appearance of enlarged pores is a common concern for our patients at Lumier Medical. To achieve the best outcomes possible, a thorough explanation of the underlying cause of enlarged pores is included in our personalized treatment approach.

The cause

Generally, the sebaceous glands underneath the skin produce sebum, an oily, waxy form of matter that primarily lubricates the skin. Normally, sebum flows through the linings of the skin pores without any difficulty. However, too much sebum production can mix with other substances on the surface area of the skin (which consists mainly of dead skin cells). Consequently, the pores increase in size to provide extra room for the excess sebum. When a clogged pore is oxidized (exposed to air), blackheads will form, too.

Excess sebum production is influenced by a combination of factors such as genetics, sun exposure, hormonal fluctuations, and lifestyle habits.

The solution

Chemical peels, particularly the AHA types, work exceptionally well in minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. Microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing treatments can also temporarily reduce pore size and lessen the appearance of blackheads. It is best to combine in-office treatments such as the aforementioned with an at-home skin care routine that focuses on controlling excess oil production.

Got enlarged pores? We can help you find the right treatment and skin care products! Schedule an appointment with us by calling 310.375.9595.

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