Pores play a vital role in skin physiology. After all, without them we’d have nowhere for hair to grow out of, and no method for skin oil to reach the surface to protect it from environmental dehydration. Big pores are however a frustrating beauty nemesis that even the best makeup products and skills cannot sufficiently hide. The pore is little more than the opening of the hair follicle onto the surface of the skin. Midway up the dermal layer, the sebaceous oil gland empties into the hair follicle, and both skin oil (sebum) and the hair breach the surface through this tiny aperture. Wherever there is a hair, there will be a pore. Skin pores are not invisible and everyone has them. The question is how best to minimize their appearance to the naked eye. Refined facial pores are highly desirable for everyone yearning for a smooth, radiant complexion that is the envy of many. As such, it is not a surprise we get a lot of requests for “pore reduction” for the “pore-fect” complexion!
What causes enlarged pores?
While it’s a common beauty myth that pores open and close, they can expand and contract and thus appear larger or smaller depending on how much debris is stuck in them. Anything that attracts attention or expands the natural shape of pores magnifies their appearance. Genetics may certainly be to blame. Barely visible on those prone to drier skin, individuals with oily, thicker skin tend to have larger looking, more noticeable pores. Sun damage is another cause. As we aged, one of the ways sun damage affects the skin is through the enlargement of the pores. Sun damage and aging cause the epidermis to thicken and a rim of cells are more likely to collect around individual pores. While microscopic, these rings of thickened cells exaggerate pore diameter.
Hydrafacial for deep pore cleansing
Pores may also be more visible simply due to lack of good skin grooming and poor exfoliation. Too much surface oil and remnants of naturally shed skin cells can collect around the edges of pores, creating the illusion of pores being larger than what they really are. Blackheads and enlarged pores often go hand-in-hand. Blackheads can either expand pores or simply draw attention to them. Exfoliating your skin regularly helps remove dry skin cells that may be clogging up your pores. In addition, it will also help to make the openings of those pesky pores appear a little more shallow compared to those coated with a layer of dead skin cells. While daily cleansing with a good product and toning regularly goes a long way, there is still an inevitable accumulation of undesirable substances on skin. Our Hydrafacial treatment uses patented technology to deeply yet gently cleanse the skin, removing excess sebum and unclogging pores to allow oxygen to flow through freely so that bacteria can’t cause problems, hence leading to smaller pores.
Its unique Vortex system ensures a proper gentle suction, lubricated by a smooth continuous flow of special serums (as opposed to the much harsher mechanical microdermabrasion using aluminum hydroxide powder). If indicated, glycolic acid is introduced after the cleansing to stimulate exfoliation of old skin cells. The final step of Hydrafacial entails instilling bespoke serums handpicked by our trained therapists deep into the dermis right where your skin need, a nourishing round-up to a fuss free spa treat ideally suited for those keen for a pore-size downgrade and an upgrade in skin clarity.
Go pro with professional chemical peeling
Chemical facial peeling is a non-invasive and gentle way of removing the damaged outer layers of the skin that is easy on the pocket and big on returns. A series of Professional Chemical Peels done properly can be your answer to glowing skin, effectively shrinking pores by removing the damaged outer layers of skin to allow the healthier skin cells beneath to come through. Bear in mind that it’s not a “one size fits all” situation when it comes to chemical peeling. A formulation that works remarkably well for someone might turn out to be a nightmare if it doesn’t match up to your skin type and needs. This is not something you want to second guess or leave to chance, as there are some serious repercussions to chemical peels gone wrong.
Tailored individually to suit your particular skin type, color and needs, our trained physicians @Freia Medical employ a singular or blend of AHAs and BHAs to help return your peau to its soft, supple state. You’ll begin to see improvements after just one session, but a series of treatments will lead to more significant and visible changes to the appearance of your skin.
Pico Laser for pore perfection
Plagued by gaping, open pores the size of craters that get clogged up frequently and do not respond to run of the mill beauty treatments? Now, science has mercifully come up with effective medical aesthetics solutions to give you “closure” to your “porous” woes. While our pore size is genetically determined, there is something we can do to fight our genetic imperfections. The Pico Toning and Pico Intense treatment @Freia Medical uses the advanced Picosecond technology in a skin smoothening protocol specially designed to harvest maximum benefits with minimum to no downtime. Tailored to the specific needs of different individuals, bespoke settings dictating specific intensities are customized to generate controlled damage at a specific depth beneath the topmost layer of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastic tissue production with appreciable improvement in pore size, textural irregularities such as atrophic acne scars, skin pigmentation and uneven discoloration. The PicoSure system is an unprecedented innovation in laser technology, allowing the use of light as the unfiltered, direct energy source by virtue of its speed of delivery, achieving similar, or perhaps even better end results; with comparably lowered risk of possible side effects such as hyper or hypopigmentation, often a limiting factor when handling darker skinned Asians.