Have you been noticing more blackheads, whiteheads, other acne blemishes, and a washed-out complexion lately? These are all potential symptoms of problematic pores: those tiny openings in your facial skin, through which sweat and natural oil are released to the surface. They’re responsible for keeping your skin lubricated and healthy. Unfortunately, they sometimes don’t work properly, leading them to become congested with dead skin, oil, and dirt. This, in turn, leads to blackheads and worse, especially on the oiliest areas of the face, like the nose and chin. The good news is that even if you can’t completely “unclog” the pores, there are some ways of actually getting rid of most of these blockages if you’re bothered by them. The following are some methods our dermatology team in Los Angeles recommends most highly for getting clearer skin, as well as for minimizing the appearance of your pores.
Exfoliation involves cleaning the skin and removing the dead cells. Instead of a physical scrub, look for gentle chemical exfoliants containing salicylic acid. This powerful ingredient penetrates the pores and also breaks down all of the stuff that blocks them.
Microneedling and PRP
The tiny needles used in microneedling trigger the skin’s healing processes to gradually enhance the overall appearance of the skin and make pores look much smaller. This is further boosted by applying platelet-rich plasma. Together these treatments can prompt skin cell turnover.
Drinking lots of water is not only good for your general health, but is also believed to make your skin appear more radiant. Your skin needs to be hydrated from within, since when you’re dehydrated, the pores may seem more pronounced.
Laser and Light Treatments
If your enlarged pores never seem to go away, laser or light-based treatments can help to even out the texture of the skin. Both lasers and light-based procedures heat the skin at a precise level, stimulating collagen production to improve the skin’s health. Some of these treatments also ablate (or remove) sections of the surface.
Find out more about how our cosmetic dermatology options at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills can help you keep your skin in its best shape throughout the year. To learn more about a specific treatment or have your skin assessed, submit a contact form, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.