Everyone dreams of clear, smooth skin with invisible pores. Some of us are the lucky few and are born with perfect skin. Others, the vast majority, struggle with skin issues. Whether it is acne, stretch marks, scarring or enlarged pores, it is easy to look in the mirror and not be completely satisfied.
When it comes to pore size, we spend hundreds of dollars on products that promise to give us the skin we dream of. Yet is clear skin really possible? Are invisible pores just a fantasy to dream about, or can they become a reality? Keep reading to find out.
Clogged Pores are Angry Pores
The number one tip most dermatologists agree on to shrink pores is that they’ll appear much smaller when unclogged. How do pores become clogged? When you neglect your skincare regimen and let dirt, oil, and makeup build up on the surface of your skin, pores will begin to clog. Oil, dry, and dead skin cells also contribute heavily.
How to Unclog Pores
If you have been slacking on your skincare routine, it’s not too late to make a change. Deep cleansing with clay masks is a great way to start. Using clay is a gentle way to suck oil and grease out of your pores. Keep in mind that keeping a clay mask on for too long can dry your skin, so make sure to have your timer set for no longer than ten minutes.
Exfoliation is key to any skincare routine. Depending on your skin type, exfoliation should occur at least once a week. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells which build up on your skin’s surface, clogging pores and causing breakouts. Need proof? Feel how soft your skin is after a good exfoliation session, and you’ll never look back.
Retinoid is another great option to shrink and unclog pores. Although it once had a bad reputation for drying skin, new formulas have made retinoid more hydrating and less irritating. Ask Dr. Merrick or Dr. Matthew Elias for their recommended retinoid for your skin today.
SPF is a Must
You can never be told too many times to wear sunscreen. A good SPF should be worn every single day, regardless of the weather or your plans. If more than an hour is spent outside, sunscreen should be reapplied on the hour.
If sun care is neglected, the pore size can increase due to the damage of collagen and elastic tissue. Because this is the structural support of the skin, your pores are not the only thing suffering—wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer are all common side effects of poor sun protection.
When in Doubt, Call Dr. Elias
Pores can shrink permanently with Micro-needling. This minimally invasive, non-surgical and non-ablative procedure uses a micro-needling device with controlled fine needles to puncture the skin. As a result, a channel is created that triggers the body to fill them with new collagen and elastin. Done in less than an hour, results often appear after just the first treatment. Aside from shrinking pores, micro-needling helps to reduce scarring and fine lines, fade stretch marks, correct hyperpigmentation and lift and tighten the skin.
Elias Dermatology also offers the Clear and Brilliant laser treatment to improve the effects of aging and to help minimize the size of pores. It is a quick and proactive treatment that will leave you feeling refreshed and with glowing skin. If you want to go the extra mile and pamper yourself, Elias Dermatology also offers its signature patented Hydrabrilliant treatment. Combining a Hydrafacial with the Clear and Brilliant procedure, this treatment will remove damaged skin cells, and promote more clear and youthful skin.
Interested in learning more? Call Elias Dermatology today at <a href=”tel:9543882843″>954-388-2842</a>!