Home | Conditions | Large Pores Large Pores Like Tweet Share Print this page Email this page to a friend Bookmark this page Techniques to Maintain Even, Smooth, and Clear Skin in Albuquerque Solutions Topical Medication | Chemical Peels | Fractional Laser Treatment | Photodynamic Therapy | Microdermabrasion | Facials Most people want their pores to be tiny, barely visible, and clear. Large pores, however, are a concern for people of all ages and skin types—more so for those with oily and "combination" skin. When large pores go untreated, they can end up looking far worse than they actually are, and can become clogged, which leads to blackheads, pimples, discolorations, and more. These large pores most often occur on the forehead, on the chin, and around the nose (the T-Zone area). Although they aren't a health concern, Western Dermatology Consultants provides treatments for large pores in Albuquerque if patients want to reduce them for cosmetic reasons. If you're concerned about large pores, talk to Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants staff to find out more about skin rejuvenation treatments. You can call 505-855-9267 or schedule a free consultation. What Causes Large Pores? You can't get rid of skin pores completely—and for good reason. They are vital for keeping your skin healthy. The skin on most areas of the body is covered in thin, barely noticeable hairs. The pores are openings on the skin at the tops of hair follicles, which allow the oil glands underneath to lubricate and protect the surface of your skin by releasing the body's natural oil, called sebum. They also help to get rid of sweat, dead skin, dirt, and debris. Sometimes, however, the pores don't function properly and become clogged with oil and other waste materials. This causes them to look wider or more pronounced than normal. Your pore size is largely determined by hereditary factors that you can't control, but there are also many possible contributing factors to large pores, some of which include skin type, improper cleansing, acne, sun damage, makeup overuse, smoking, and hormonal changes. Excessive oil production, decreased skin elasticity due to aging, and overexposure to UV radiation from sunlight that damages the skin's collagen are all agents that contribute to large pores. When makeup, dirt and oil become trapped within pores, the openings are stretched out and appear to be larger. The dirt remains stuck below the openings of the large pores, and the material inside turns black when it is exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere, causing blackheads. How Do You Treat Enlarged Pores? Even though you can't completely put an end to large pores, there are ways of minimizing them, cleansing them, or concealing them, including changes to your at-home skin routine and in-office cosmetic treatments. Removing any makeup, cleansing your face each day, and exfoliating regularly are important steps for maintaining clean pores. Try to avoid touching your face. Also, apply sunscreen each day to prevent damage that can cause sagging skin and make it seem like you have large pores. Use noncomedogenic, water-based skin creams instead of oils or oil-based creams. Sometimes you might be using products that cause the skin to become overly dry or irritated, and this might result in your skin releasing more oil, causing large pores, so try to avoid overdoing exfoliates and astringents. Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are some of the most effective ingredients for exfoliating the skin, especially oily or combination skin types. They remove stubborn blockages by penetrating the pores at a deeper level and dissolving debris. Vitamin A-based topical products called retinols can also tighten skin, ramp up collagen production, fade dark spots, and reduce the skin's oil production. If other methods haven't improved them, our specialists at Western Dermatology Consultants provide several potential solutions to combat large pores, including medications, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, photodynamic therapy, and laser treatments. Discover more about treatments for large pores in Albuquerque. Our team at Western Dermatology Consultants provides techniques to restore smooth, clear skin. Call 505-855-9267 or schedule a free consultation.