Pores, Pico, and Instagram Filters
In the digital era of Instagram filters and photoshopping, it seems we are constantly being inundated with photos of “perfect, pore-less skin”, or the latest greatest makeup primer that promises to “shrink and blur” pores.
Advanced Laser Specialist and nurse Jalyn says, “First off - pore size is genetic and you can’t always win against mother nature. Pore size can wax and wane depending on a few different factors. With age and repeated UV exposure, the collagen and elastin that support the skin diminishes, leading to open pores. Enlarged pores are also often a result of dead skin buildup and excess oil, causing the pores to stretch and expand.”
"Although there is no perfect fix, we can shrink pores with laser technology such as the PicoWay or Clear + Brilliant. Both lasers have little-to-no downtime and can produce collagen and elastin, leading to tighter pores and an overall skin tightening effect!"
Furthermore, what we put on our skin can affect pore size. Jalyn recommends evidenced-based skin care ingredients such as:
vitamin A (retinol)
vitamin B3 (niacinamide)
vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid)
She refers to these core ingredients as the ABC’s of skincare.
"These ingredients, especially when combined, help with signs of photo-aging, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, redness, hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory spots, melasma, and pore tightening."
Not ready for a laser treatment just yet? Jalyn shared her favourite products that work wonders too:
SkinMedica Retinol Serum
OCosmedics B3 Serum
Vivier Vitamin C E Peptide Serum
Combine these products with an SPF 30 and she says, “you’re sure to see noticeable results and you’ll be able to ditch that filter!”