Pores are tiny openings in the skin which release natural oils or sebum. Large open pores can be caused by increased production of oil from the sebaceous glands due to hormonal imbalance during stress, puberty, before menstrual cycles, use of the oral contraceptive pill, etc. Reduced elasticity around pores due to the reduction of collagen production in the skin, caused by aging, thick hair follicles and genetics or heredity. The size of the pores depends on the activity level of the sebaceous glands. When the duct of these glands remains open, the sebum reacts with the oxygen in the air and hence gets oxidized giving rise to its black color and hence the blackheads or open comedones are formed. On the other hand, when the opening of the ducts is covered with layers of skin cells, these cells get heaped up over the blocked follicles leading to the formation of whiteheads or closed comedones.
While there’s little one can do about the size of the pores, with any medications, here, at Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic we have advanced laser treatment options available that can help to shrink the pore size. The lasers work by encouraging collagen production so they are proven to be more effective for large pores caused by aging. The advanced laser technology uses non-invasive and non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing treatments. This laser allows better and deeper tissue penetration as it is well absorbed by water yet virtually not at all by melanin. New technology has its inbuilt cooling system that keeps rest skin cells intact.
How does it act?
It delivers a laser beam divided into thousands of tiny microthermal zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time without breaking the barrier of the skin. Skin repairs by pushing out the old damaged skin and replacing it with new skin. It triggers the body’s natural healing process inducing new collagen and elastin regeneration, which results in smoother, tighter, fresher and younger-looking skin from inside-out. Successive sessions are recommended at the gap of 3 to 4 weeks. It is a the non-ablative laser which acts deeply in the dermis while preserving the superficial layer of the epidermis, for maximum results without any downtime. One may experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour after the procedure. The skin may appear pink or red after the procedure for 1-2 days, but more rapid recovery. After treatments drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30+ is a must.
Keep the skin moisturized even if it’s oily. Avoid any retinol-based night cream or any other night creams to be applied for 2days. Oil Cease is an innovative option to treat oiliness and reduce the pore size as well. It is advisable to consult a dermatologist to reduce oiliness.
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