To anyone who’s struggled with acne, it’s easy to identify the size and greasiness of the pores, as these can be clear indicators of blemish-prone skin. Pores are natural parts of the skin that can become clogged, leading to acne breakouts that can damage skin cells and lead to scarring that contributes to an unappealing appearance. A dermatologist can help you find a personalized, professional treatment for enlarged pores and acne scars to brighten your appearance and clear your complexion.
The pores on your face are the openings of hair follicles, most of which do not contain active hair growth. They secrete sebum, oil your skin makes to protect and moisturize the skin. However, this oil can cause pores to become clogged with dirt and debris, leading to the bacterial growth of acne.
The leading factor in the appearance of your pores is genetics – some people simply have larger pores than others. Men tend to have larger pores than women, and those with aging skin or sun damage can appear to have large pores as well.
Not everyone who gets acne will necessarily have acne scars. Scars from acne occur when infections get out of hand and damage the space between pores in the skin. Acne is able to break through the walls of a pore when a person picks at their breakout, releasing bacteria into already inflamed tissue, or simply by rubbing their face too hard. Early treatment of an acne breakout can also help stave off the likelihood of scarring.
Acne scars form when the skin tries to heal from a breakthrough of bacteria from one pore to another, and it builds up too much collagen, leading to visible scars in the area.
Not all acne scarring is the same. Some acne scars are small hole-like depressions called icepick scars, whereas others are larger divots in the skin. Other types of acne scars include:
- Ice pick scars
- Boxcar scars
- Hypertrophic (raised) scars
- Rolling scars
There are several effective aesthetic treatments to reduce pore size and increase the tight appearance of the skin, including radio frequency stimulation, and laser therapy, whether ablative or non-ablative. It’s worth mentioning that not every aesthetic treatment to reduce pore size is medically effective at reducing oil output, which is largely based on genetics but also has lifestyle and environmental factors.
Acne scars can be treated through a personalized treatment plan that may include laser skin resurfacing, phototherapy (light treatment), or chemical peels, all of which can be tailored as far as type, device, and intensity to match your needs and goals.
If you’re worried about the appearance of large pores, oily skin, or acne scars, we have cosmetic and general dermatology procedures to reduce your oil production and remove your acne scars for a blemish-free appearance. Choosing the right treatment for your unique concerns and skin type is easy during a consultation with our dermatologists in Ohio, who can examine your skin and recommend the specific device or procedure that’s right for you. Get started today by calling the nearest location or contacting us online today.