A. Linda, as we are heading into warmer weather you may notice your pores seem to be getting larger. Since there is extra humidity in the air, it can cause our face to be oilier. The oilier your face is the larger your pores look. Large pores are actually caused by three main culprits including: oil, age and gender. Unfortunately, while there is nothing you can do to permanently get rid of your pores, there are many steps you can take to minimize them and make them appear smaller.The first step, Linda, is to keep them clean. By getting the dirt and oil out of your pores, it will help them from looking enlarged. I recommend you use a Clarisonic sonic cleansing device to wash your face twice a day. These tools gently massage your skin opening up and cleaning your pores six times more than you can clean your face with your hands. Be careful when selecting a cleansing device as some can tear the skin.As we age, our skin loses its elasticity which can also contribute to larger looking pores. While you can’t change your age, you can take steps to turn back your skin’s clock. I know I mention Retin-A often in my columns here, but it really is the Swiss Army knife of skin care. By using a tiny amount of prescription strength Retin-A every night, you will help to start to build back your skin’s elasticity as well as keep the dirt, oil and bacteria out of your pores.A third option to treat your pores is through monthly laser treatments or medical chemical peels. Chemical peels are an excellent way to help the skin’s exfoliation process. When we are younger, our skin cells renew themselves every 21 to 28 days keeping our skin looking youthful and glowing. After the age of 30, that renewal process slows way down. By exfoliating the skin with a chemical peel, it will dissolve dead cells sitting on your skin, promote collagen production and minimize the appearance of pores.
Another method to help reduce to appearance of your pores is by applying a primer underneath your foundation. It is essentially like spackling the holes in your wall before you paint it. The primer helps to smooth the surface of your skin allowing your foundation to not fall into your pores further emphasizing them. Just be sure to select a primer that is non-comedogenic and appropriate for your skin type such as jane iredale’s Absence.
These are just a few of the many treatment options available to help manage your pores, Linda. If you have any more questions or want to learn which options are best for you, be sure to talk with a medical skin care specialist.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University.
Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.Do you have a question for Jennifer, about this article or another cosmetic skin care issue? Please call Vein Institute & Medical Spa at 574-267-1900 to have your questions answered and considered for future columns. Questions can also be submitted online at www.veinmedicalspa.com