Flawless, clear and, smooth skin is considered as the foundation of beauty. But there is no such thing as a perfect face without Photoshop. Are you one of those people who has tried everything from exfoliating, chemical peels, to lasers, just to get that perfect, pore-free complexion, but all in vain? Enlarged pores can be impossible to manage with ordinary skin treatment options. Luckily, we have come up with the perfect solution to help get the smooth and pore-less look you want. And the skin treatment that must be considered for reducing the appearance of pores is microneedling.
What are pores, anyway?
Pores are tiny openings at the surface of the skin that allow sebum, our body’s natural oils, to pass through it. The sebum acts as a natural moisturizer for our skin. Technically, they’re the present at the top of our hair follicles. We have pores all over our body except the palms of our hands and soles of our feet—everywhere we have hair.
The release of sebum onto the skin through pores is essential for maintaining healthy skin. But sometimes the sebaceous glands produce extra sebum which is not good for the skin because either it is released onto the skin making it look greasy or it is trapped inside the pores which cause problems like clogged pores. This can be caused by stress, hormones, and other triggers. When pores are clogged, they appear larger than they actually are. Natural exfoliants are usually used to remove the dead skin and unclog the pores. After the pores are unclogged they come back to their original size. However, people with prolonged clogging of pores, even after unclogging them, the pore size appears enlarged. The enlarged pores may be treated with serums, lasers, and, chemical peels. But the most promising skin treatment for the reduction of pores is microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling has long been used to rejuvenate skin and treat scarring. It is performed by tools called a dermaroller, dermapen, and dermastamp. But dermaroller is more preferred. It involves rolling the device on the surface of the skin to create a multitude of wounds. Each needle is extremely fine and the wound created is so small that can’t be seen with a naked eye. The treatment is divided into a number of sessions spreading over a month or so. Over a roughly six week period following the procedure, the skin starts looking smoother and more radiant.
The Science Behind Microneedling:
Microneedling is a non-invasive skin procedure that is also known as collagen induction therapy. Following are the processes that take place during microneedling:
- When the dermaroller is rolled on the skin with pores, the needles damage and breakdown the skin by creating small channel wounds.
- There happens a rush of blood to the area which brings essential nutrients and growth-promoting factors to the area.
- This kickstarts the body’s own healing system and overdrives the production of the essential skin proteins like collagen and elastin.
- The old skin cells shed off and are replaced by new skin cells.
- The skin that is produced appears smooth and pore-less.
Which needle length I should use for pores?
Treatment of open and enlarged pores should be done in such a way that each pore is needled individually. For areas that are more sensitive or that have relatively thinner skin, such as near the eyes, on the forehead and around the lips, it is recommended to use 0.5mm needle length. For areas like on the sides of the nose, you can use needle lengths of 1.5mm to 2mm depending upon the severity of the problem.
How many microneedling sessions do I need?
For self-treatment, specially designed home skin needling models, you should use shorter, fine needles of approximately 0.5-mm depth for around 2-3 times in a week to reduce pores on the face. In a professional setting, the needle length will be decided, depending upon the severity of the problem. For the reduction of pores, you will need approximately 5 to 6 sessions of microneedling with each treatment session performed after a specific time, spreading the treatment plan over months.