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How to get rid of large pores – Perth Skin Whisperer Kim Tran reveals how

Your skin is battling pollution, sweat and pore-clogging makeup on the daily. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, or are simply ageing (sad face we know) keeping your pores in tip-top shape can be hard work. Enlarged pores are caused by a variety of factors and understanding what causes large pores is the first step in determining the most effective treatment. Kim Tran – CEO and founder at La Belle Peau aka the Skin Whisperer shares her knowledge with us.
Here’s a list of the top five causes of large pores as well as some really effective ways to keep your pores in check. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know.

1. Oily Skin

If you naturally have oily skin, it is very likely you will have enlarged pores.  This is because excess oil can trap dead skin cells and dirt inside your pores, making your skin swell and your pores look larger than normal.

2. The Natural Ageing Process

Ageing causes your skin to stretch due to loss of collagen and elasticity.  Because pores are part of the skin, when the skin stretches with age, pores will stretch along with it and therefore appear larger.

3. Sun Damage

UV damage contributes to large pores by accelerating the ageing process. Not only does sun damage break down your skin’s collagen and elastin, it reduces your skin’s ability to retain moisture. When your skin is dehydrated, your natural sebum flow becomes stronger and thicker to compensate. As a result, the pores can become clogged easier, contributing to the appearance of large pores.

4.Your Gender and Hormones

Biologically, men have more active sebaceous (oil) glands, and therefore more pores, than women.  However hormonal changes, like pregnancy, menstruation and puberty can increase sebaceous gland activity in women and this can contribute to the appearance of large pores.

5. Genetics

People who inherited naturally oily or thick skin are likely to have larger pores since their oil glands are more active and, as a result, need a bigger opening for releasing oil. Because there are so many different causes for large pores there is no single treatment.  In general, to achieve smaller pores, first the pores must be cleared of any oil and dead skin cell build up, secondly, the skin must be tightened, and thirdly oil flow must be regulated. Here are some effective pore treatments and DIY to consider to get your pores in great condition.

Treatments to Help Clear Pores

Think peels, microdermabrasion, and extraction. These all help to clear the pores.

Treatments to Help Tighten Skin

These are collagen induction treatments such as skin needling, Clear+Brilliant laser, radio frequency, and HIFU – High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (your next best thing to an actual facelift!)

Treatments to Regulate Oil Flow

This is best done at home by using targeted skincare. Dripfeed your skin daily with active ingredients such as mandelic acid (AHA), salicin (BHA), salicylic acid (BHA), and niacinamide (vitamin B3). A great product we recommend is Ultraceuticals Ultra Pore Smoothing Refiner which contains all the above ingredients.

Treatments to Help With Ageing

If your pores are enlarged due to ageing, we recommend using good Vitamin A product to stimulate new collagen and tighten your elastin fibres.  Not all Vitamin A products work the same.  At the cllinic, we offer close to 10 different types of Vitamin A products from a variety of different brands to ensure we have the perfect solution for all skin types and conditions.
To check out Kim’s signature pore treatments visit La Belle Peau.
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