This is unavoidable even for those with a good skin condition. Many are emotionally affected by the problem of enlarged pore size, such as strawberry nose, sesame nose, orange peel face etc. Though this is not a disease, it does however affect a person's self-confidence. No wonder the market is flooded with "reduce pore size, clear acne" type of products.
Pores appear enlarged for many reasons. Probably the most common reason is due to the ageing process. As we age, the skin loses collagen, elastin and water causing the tissues beneath the skin to shrink pulling down the edges of the pores. Apart from ageing, oily skin also causes pores to appear enlarged because the skin tends to become thickened. This is caused by excessive secretion of oil by sebaceous glands where accumulative oil gets trapped in hair follicles and leads to the pores appearance being enlarged. Hygiene can also cause open pores.
Sun damage is also a key factor. Years of over exposure to UV rays cause collagen and elastin to deteriorate, loss of firmness and pores become enlarged.
Many people like to squeeze their pimple, without using a proper method; it often causes skin inflammation and formation of a scar, leading to an uneven surface, which appears to be an enlarged pore.
Dr. UT said: There are few options in treating enlarged pores, application of skin care products containing vitamin C and glycolic acid may help to stimulate skin fibroblast in producing collagen to firm up the skin. The result is clear even though it may a take long time to improve the condition. Toner is not an effective way to reduce the pore size; in fact, the alcohol content will over time dry up the skin, obviously not suitable for those with sensitive skin. Alternatively, one can choose professional treatment from a certified beauty centre and let the professional practitioner solve your problem.
As a reminder, it is important to take care and apply sunblock to prevent UV rays that accelerate skin ageing, delay the loss of skin elasticity and enlargement of pore size.