Understanding Enlarged Pores
Enlarged pores and the blackheads that commonly accompany them are a concern for many of us. They are stubborn to treat, however using correct skin care products and professional treatments will help you to manage and minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and blackheads. Unfortunately, it is the case that many people treat their skin with the incorrect products in an effort to ‘close’ pores and get rid of blackheads and congestion, when in fact the majority of these products only serve to exacerbate the problem. It is therefore vital that you must first understand what is causing your enlarged pores and blackheads in order to choose the correct course of treatment to prevent and manage them.
What Causes Enlarged Pores?
There are number of internal and external factors which cause enlarged pores and blackheads. Genetics play their part in pre determining pore size as do your hormones which are directly related to oil/sebum production in the skin, skin ageing will also have a knock on effect on pore size. External factors such as diet, lifestyle and the products you apply to your skin will also have a major impact.
The most common cause of enlarged pores is directly linked to oil production in your skin. Our hormones regulate the production of sebum (oil) through our oil glands. Sebum travels through the oil gland to the surface of our skin and plays a vital role in creating our skins barrier defence. If too much oil or sebum is produced our pores stretch to accommodate it. When the oil in the pore cobimes with bacteria, impurities and dead skin cells, it forms a blockage of the pore, which comes into contact with oxygen, goes through a process called oxiduation that results in the black head which we are all familiar with.
How Can I Treat my Enlarged Pores & Blackheads?
It is a myth that pores can be closed or gotten rid of altogether. The fact is that pores play a vital role in our skin health system. Pores can be refined and made less obvious through correct skincare products and treatments. Choosing suitable products that will cleanse the pore without irritating your skin is very important. Look for products containing Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) which works as a chemical exfoliant. Unlike other common chemical exfoliants such as AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) including Glycolic and Lactic Acid, Salicylic has the ability to penetrate the pore and dissolve excess oil and blockages – it literally cleanses the pore from the inside out. Once the pore is clean and blockages removed, your pores will look more refined and in some cases even shrink back to their original size.
Hydration is Key
It is also very important to keep your skin well hydrated in order for your cells to function at their best. If your skin is in a constant state of dehydration, natural skin functions such as exfoliation will be impaired, resulting in dead skin cells that become trapped in the pores, in turn creating more blockages and blackheads. Ensure that you are using a suitable serum or moisturiser that works to not only keep your skin hydrated but also at repairing and maintaining your skins barrier function, which has become impaired causing the dehydration.
Use COSMEDIX to Treat and Prevent Enlarged Pores
For the month of September we have a fantastic special offer on the clarifying duo of COSMEDIX Clarity Serum and COSMEDIX Phytoclear Moisturiser. Together these products combine Salicylic Acid and Willow Herb to deeply cleanse and purify your pores with Soy Isoflavones and Pregnenolone found in Phytoclear to hydrate your while regulate sebum production without causing further blockages. They are the perfect pairing to start your fight against blackheads and enlarged pores! Save 15% when you purchase this duo together via MedicoBeauty.com. Normally £89.17 you can buy for only £75.79! These products will last for approximately 3 months if used in the correct amounts.