Most people don’t enjoy the sight of large pores on their face. They find the look of blackheads unsightly and just want a solution to get rid of them for good. If you’ve experienced the annoyance of stubborn blackheads and large pores, it’s important to know what treatments work and what treatments don’t. Unfortunately, there are many popular myths about pores that have people trying strange and ineffective methods to get rid of their blackheads. Below, we discuss the myths and facts about pores, so you can start making practical changes to improve your skin.
Myths about Pores
Myth: Black Pores Are Dirt
One of the most common myths about pores is that the black colour of pores is dirt. The truth is, that is just an optical illusion. When a pore gets clogged, it results in a blackhead, but that blackhead isn’t dirt. It occurs when dead skin cells and sebum block the pore’s opening. When the oil reaches the surface of the skin, it oxidizes and turns black.
Myth: You Can Change Pore Size
It won’t matter whether you use the best blackhead treating serums or creams, you won’t be able to shrink the size of your pores. Since pore size is genetic, you will likely have the same pore size as your parents and grandparents. However, there are some things you can do to minimize the appearance of your pores. You can exfoliate once a week, use skin products with retinol, and get laser or microneedling treatments to clear out your skin. None of these treatments are perfect, but they can improve the appearance of your pores by boosting collagen production in the dermal tissue. As collagen is produced, it pushes on the walls of the follicle, making the opening of the pores look smaller.
Myth: Cleansing Your Face Multiple Times a Day will Prevent Clogged Pores
During a painful and inconvenient breakout, your instinct may be to wash and scrub your face multiple times a day to keep it cleaner. But although there are several factors that cause you to be prone to blackheads (skin type, genetics, and hormones), how often you cleanse isn’t one of them. You can help treat blackheads by exfoliating and clearing the excess oil and dead skin off your face, but doing it too often can cause irritation, dryness, and redness. This can actually make your breakouts worse.
Myth: Pores Open and Close
Another common myth is that your pores open and close. According to dermatologists, they actually dilate like a camera lens. They go from narrow to wide, and wide to narrow, but they never close. Warm water and steam can help the pores expand and loosen the oil inside so you can cleanse your skin, but since pores aren’t muscles, they won’t close up completely.
Myth: Makeup Clogs Pores
If you’ve struggled with clogged pores and acne, you’re probably thinking your makeup has something to do with it. You may have even been advised to “let your skin breathe” by taking a week off wearing makeup. However, many makeup brands and face skin products are non-comedogenic. This means they will not clog pores and do not contain ingredients that trigger blackheads. If you’re worried that your makeup is causing breakouts, try cleaning your brushes and checking if your makeup is expired. Bacteria from your skin can end up going back and forth from your makeup to your skin, so be sure to keep your brushes and application tools clean.
Facts about Pores
Truth: Getting Older Affects Pore Size
It’s sad but true. When your body ages, the production of elastin and collagen drops. This makes your skin sag and pulls down on your pores, making them appear larger. Fortunately, there are short-term treatments that can increase elastin and collagen for a while to bring back a youthful, supple texture to your skin.
Truth: Sunlight Increases Pore Size
The more time you spend in the sun, the larger your pores may appear. This is because of the ultraviolet rays that penetrate your skin, weakening the collagen that supports your pores. Decreased elasticity around your pores can also cause them to appear enlarged. Be sure to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you plan to be outside to protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays.
Truth: SpectraPeel Can Help Achieve Pore Size Reduction
Our SpectraPeel treatment is specially designed to treat enlarged pores. Within three to five treatments you will get optimum and long-lasting results. It is a safe treatment performed on thousands per year and offers the following benefits:
- Reduces large pores
- Smoothes skin tone
- Shrinks the appearance of scars
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- No downtime
- Safe for all skin types
- Noticeable results in fewer sessions than other skincare procedures
Try the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic’s Pore Reduction Treatment
If large pores are cramping your style and making you stress about your skin texture, there are many things you can do to temporarily reduce their appearance and keep your skin clear. But if you’re looking for something more long-term and effective, let our experts help you.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our Spectra Peel treatment is designed to provide long-lasting pore reduction as it exfoliates the skin and reveals younger, tighter skin. Our Toronto clinic has professionals that are experts on anti-aging skincare treatments.
Contact us for a consultation and we can set you up with any of our treatments designed to help you get smoother, youthful skin. Our treatments help for a variety of skincare issues, so book a consultation with us to find which one is right for you. Contact us at (416) 546-4664 or email us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca.