As we age, it is not uncommon to develop large pores. This is mostly apparent in areas where we have the most oil production such as the nose, forehead, and inner cheeks. Pore size as we age is also linked to sun exposure and changes in skin laxity (lack of tightness).
Besides topical skin care products that work as an astringent to temporarily reduce pore size or exfoliating products that thin the stratum corneum (outer dead skin cells), class IV medical lasers work on another source of the problem – oil from the sebaceous glands. By using thermal (heat) energy, we are able to reshape and resize the sebaceous glands (oil glands) which can minimize the appearance of large pores.
Class IV medical lasers are also used to stimulate collagen production which will improve skin texture. By creating a stronger and firmer dermal collagen base, an overall improvement in skin texture and laxity (tightness) is achieved. Using cosmetic laser treatments and a topical skin care products, the goal of reducing the size of large pores can be achieved, with or without downtime depending on one’s goals.