Open pores have a reputation for being unsightly distended holes on the face. A pore is an opening of the skin's surface. Pore size is primarily determined by genetics however hair follicle and oil gland size and production can also contribute to increased pore size. Pores can often become clogged with sebum and skin debris temporarily stretching the pore making it appearance more prominent. Other factors such as sun damage and our body’s natural aging process reduce the skins firmness and reducing density of surrounding tissue which supports the skin contributing to an increase in pore size. Past acne also is a major contributor to distended pore and ice pick scars. For ice pick scars see: Acne scarring
Open pores can be improved by various combination treatments including; laser toning, chemical peels, medical microdermabrasion and fractional RF resurfacing. Treatments aim to remove the debris, control oil production, resurface the skin, stimulate collagen within the dermis and tighten the skin resulting in a refinement of the skin texture. Various laser and Radio Frequency (RF) fractional resurfacing and tightening treatments are most effective. Laser toning is also important in stimulating collagen, reducing debris and maintaining clear pores. The Dermal Clinicians at Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre can advise the best treatment plan to suit the Open pore condition. Modalities chosen depend on the cause of the condition.
Treatments aim to reduce pore size and congestion. Depending on the laser technology or procedure recommended, mild to moderate redness is expected which subsides within hours or days. Skin tightening and Collagen stimulation is expected over a period of weeks and months following each treatment and attains accumulative results. Maintenance treatments are recommended along with refining skincare products. The cosmetic management of the condition is essential in maintaining results.