Pores are a big part of the equation for having perfect skin for many people. Tighter pores add to the appearance of youthfulness and vitality, and many people are taking advantage of the latest skin treatments for a more youthful look. Today, skin treatments like IPL, vibradermabrasion, Total FX fractional resurfacing and photodynamic therapy are some treatments for shrinking pores on the skin.
What Determines Pore Size?
Genetics, skin type and age all play a role in those larger-than-life pores. With oily skin, the oil gets trapped inside the pores, oxidizes and turns dark. As you age, the skin loses elastin and collagen, which support the pores. Pores can begin to stretch and sag and begin to look larger. While there are some effective over-the-counter products that can help minimize pores, many people seek more effective results with professional skin care treatments like:
• Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy
• Total FX fractional resurfacing
• Photodynamic therapy
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy / IPL San Diego
IPL therapy (Photo facial) uses pulses of broad-spectrum light to reach the deep layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. It penetrates the skin layers without harming the surface layer. The end result is tighter and smaller pores. Typically, three to five IPL San Diego sessions are needed for the best results, and each session takes about 30 minutes. It’s painless, and you can immediately resume your regular activities after treatment.
Vibradermabrasion treatment is a treatment that exfoliates the skin and ramps up collagen production. It’s an effective treatment for minimizing enlarged pores. A paddle is used at a high speed to remove dead, surface skin cells. It’s a painless treatment that takes 15 to 20 minutes. This treatment also helps reduce wrinkles and enhances an even skin tone.
Total FX Fractional Resurfacing and Photodynamic Therapy
Total FX is a laser skin resurfacing laser treatment that helps shrink pores, remove age spots minimize lines, wrinkles, and scars. A numbing cream is used to make the treatment more comfortable. The treatment itself takes under 45 minutes, and often you’ll see immediate results. Healing can take up to seven days and the use of a good skin care regimen will help in faster healing.
Photodynamic therapy is another safe and effective option to reduce enlarged pores. A photosensitizing agent is used and then activated with a specific light source. IPL, red light and blue light are the primary wavelengths that are used. It’s a very precise procedure that targets enlarged pores, milia, acne and acne scarring. Typically three to six treatments may be needed for optimal results. There’s minimal downtime, and you jump right back into your regular routine.
While pores cannot be shrunk permanently, these four skin care treatments can help keep the skin clear and tight, making pores less noticeable. Why have those larger-than-life pores when you don’t need to? With annual or biannual treatments for maintenance, you can say goodbye to enlarged pores.