Sometimes it seems that we can never win when it comes to our skin: at younger age many of us struggle with acne, and as we grow older some of us still struggle with acne, which is often accompanied by wrinkles, rosacea and enlarged pores. While wrinkles, acne and rosacea can generally be successfully managed with various anti-aging/acne/redness treatment regimens, pore size is determined genetically. However, there are certain factors that can exaggerate pore size and make them appear larger than they actually are.
Decreased skin elasticity around pores is one of the leading causes of their enlarged appearance.
Firm, collagen-rich skin essentially grids and supports pores making them appear smaller. Collagen is the main building block of healthy supple and resilient skin. As the skin ages, collagen production declines – it is happening as you read this – and without firming effects of collagen, pores lose elasticity and become dilated.
Collagen is further diminished => pores enlarged, by sun exposure. Sun damage also causes inflammation and thickening of the flared up cells which form a rim around individual pores, therefore contributing to their exaggerated appearance. Although this accumulation takes place on a microscopic level, the end result is noticeable. So here’s another reminder: use sun protection year-round to help lessen and prevent the effects of UV damage and keep your skin firm even as it ages.
While you can’t change the size of your pores, you can take steps to make them appear smaller. We believe that one of the most effective “pore minimizers” is microneedling with PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma).
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive rejuvenating procedure that involves creating numerous microscopic needle incisions to induce a controlled injury response within the tissue to trigger natural collagen and elastin production. Skin rejuvenation with microneedling alone is a great procedure, however, the results can be significantly enhanced by combining it with PRP (Platelet- Rich- Plasma) therapy. PRP is a concentrated blood plasma that is enriched with platelets, containing 8 potent growth factors along with other cytokines that promote soft tissue healing. In the process of a PRP enhanced microneedling treatment, platelet-rich-plasma is separated from the patient’s blood via centrifugation, and then applied to the treated area, causing a release of growth factors, which, in turn, triggers stem cells in the dermis to produce new collagen, blood vessels, and skin cells. Microneedling with PRP makes skin look youthfully thicker, reduces signs of aging, i.e. wrinkles, skin laxity, acne scarring, and tightens enlarged deformed pores.