Large pores can be a problem in skin of all ages. Makeup often makes their appearance even more prominent, however the proper dermatologist recommended skin care products can reduce their visibility for both the short- and long-term. But before delving into the best ways to improve the look of your pores, it’s helpful to understand exactly what they are - and why they may be the first thing you see when you look in the mirror.
Pores are small openings in the skin that release sweat and oil. They are also connected to hair follicles, so the pores also serve as the exit point for individual hairs. Pores can appear enlarged for several reasons. According to Dr. Steven Swengel, Board Certified Dermatologist from Los Gatos, California, www.refinedmd.com, “Those with oily skin tend to have more visible pores due to increased sebum production. Excess oil may be accompanied by acne, and the inflammation associated with breakouts can make pores look larger as well.”
Enlarged pores can also be caused by the natural aging process and sun damage that accumulates over time. “In both of these cases, the breakdown of collagen causes a decline in skin elasticity. This leads to a relaxation of the pores, in turn making them appear larger and more visible,” Dr. Swengel says.
Skincare products can help minimize the appearance of pores in several ways. The best first step is to start with a gentle yet effective cleanser that helps dissolve oil, makeup and dirt within the pores. Once the pores are free of clogging debris, they will instantly appear smaller. For enlarged pores that are the result of aging, a cleanser formulated with ingredients that prompt skin cells to “act” younger can help enhance elasticity and minimize the visibility of the pores. DefenAge’s 1-Step MultiCleanse is up to both of these tasks, and this one product helps clear the pores - and promote the skin’s natural production of defensins. This specific type of powerful molecule that targets the skin’s own stem cells and prompts them to make fresh, new, youthful-acting cells.
A targeted treatment mask is another way to help clear the pores and minimize their appearance. An exfoliating mask is especially useful for enlarged pores and blackheads in the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and cheeks, as well as the chin. DefenAge's 2-Minute Reveal Masque provides enzyme-based exfoliation along with physical exfoliation with sugar crystals that dissolve as you massage it into the skin, so there’s no risk of excessive friction and resulting irritation. In addition to sweeping away the dirt and debris that makes pores more visible, the 2-Minute Reveal Masque also reveals an overall smoother, brighter complexion after every use - and primes the skin for DefenAge’s other defensin-infused products that follow.
Pores that have become more visible over time can be improved with a comprehensive anti-aging skin rejuvenation skincare regimen. Dr. Swengel shares, “Clinical studies have proven that using DefenAge’s 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream, 8-in-1 BioSerum and 2-Minute Reveal Masque prompts the building of visibly “new skin” to improve uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles - as well as the appearance of enlarged pores.” This DefenAge regimen has been found to significantly reduces excess oil that contributes to visible pores as well.