Skin Care and Treatments of Melbourne Dermatology - Open Pores — Treatment and Prevention

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Open Pores — Treatment and Prevention

Open Pores — Treatment, Prevention

Visibly open pores are a frequent patient concern because they stand in the way of smooth, flawless skin. Blackheads and acne are common causes of visibly open pores, however you don't need to have either of these to have "open pores."

Although the size of pores is genetically determined, their apparent size can be modified by clearing them of debris (excess oils and dead skin cells), preventing them from becoming clogged and encouraging them to become tighter and more elastic (by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin).

You do not need to have acne or oily skin to suffer from visibly open pores. Previous episodes of acne, excessively oily skin, blackheads, whiteheads, cumulative sun damage and chronologic aging can all render your pores more distended.

Once "stretched" in this way, they require a strong stimulus to revert to an earlier appearance, a stimulus which effectively renews the skin's structure and elasticity.

In 2009, Melbourne Dermatology developed a unique pharmacy product for the treatment of open pores, suitable for all skin types and conditions. This product has become the preferred treatment for visibly open pores and is now also available online.

The product works principally by loosening the material which holds dead skin cells and hardened oils inside the pores and by stimulating the growth of new, healthier collagen and elastin.

For further information, please refer to the following links:

About MD Rx Open Pores Overnight Solution

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Summarized below are some additional open pore topics.

Not All Open Pores Are Blackheads

Frequently, the grey, yellow or white material which accumulates inside the pores is simply the result of an ongoing secretion of oil and dead skin cells.

When pores are healthier and functioning well, the consistency of this material is fine enough that it flows naturally onto the skin's surface, helping moisturize and defend the skin, rather than forming a mass within the pores.

Natural secretions of the pores include antioxidants such as Vitamin E and moisturizers such as squalene.

When the pores are clogged, the skin is producing oil which is thick enough to be visible and skin cells inside the pores are clumping together, forming an obstruction by binding with the available oils.

When the obstruction forms a solid plug (like a cork in a bottle-top), it will oxidize in reaction with environmental oxygen. This is then referred to as a blackhead.

Treatment with the Melbourne Dermatology Open Pores Overnight Solution assists in refining and thinning the texture of the oils secreted from the pores and helps to prevent dead skin cells from clumping together, reducing pore obstruction.

Regular use can help these skin-beneficial oils distribute more evenly over the skin's surface, rather than becoming obstructions which stretch the pores, increasing their appearance.

Can Cleansing Reduce Open Pores?

The most common reaction to visibly open pores is for the patient to increase their facial cleansing efforts. Facial cleansers, even if they contain purifying or exfoliating agents such as glycolic acid, are unable to penetrate the pores to any meaningful extent. Their limitation in treating open pores lies principally in their water-solubility. The pores are an oil-rich environment and can only be penetrated by very specific formulas aimed at treating the interior of the pores and not more general aims as makeup removal or cleansing. Skin hydration can however improve as a result of cleansing. This can have the effect of plumping the skin slightly and making pores less visible, however the effect is short-lived.

Squeezing To Reduce Open Pores

You can try squeezing the material out of your pores by applying pressure to small areas of skin (or by using a blackhead remover), however (unlike a formed blackhead), the process is constant and the pores will refill in short order. Squeezing does not evacuate the entire contents of the pore. Patients should also note that squeezing that leads to red marks or bruising can result in lasting brown marks on the skin known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A clay based facial mask or pore strips are safer means to a temporary, albeit partial, fix.

Clay Masks for Open Pores

Facial masks containing bentonite, kaolin, zinc or titanium dioxide extract water and some oil from the pores. As they dry, they also contract the pores, making them appear somewhat smaller. Clay masks can reduce the appearance of open pores for a few hours at a time. Repeated use can cause drying or irritation which heightens the appearance of the pores. Depending on your skin's natural hydration levels and propensity for sensitivity, the ideal frequency of clay mask usage varies.


Many home-use products provide exfoliation either by physical means (granules made of bamboo, apricot kernel or plastic, or abrasive sponges) as your would find in facial cleansers and scrubs, or a chemical action, usually courtesy of alpha hydroxy acids, as you would find in many moisturizers aimed at mature skin. Exfoliation can assist the penetration of ingredients which can restore smaller pore size.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for Pore Size

This is a new area of clinical observation and research. It appears that IPL treatments can reduce the apparent size of open pores through a mild swelling of the skin unaccompanied by redness.

Antioxidants for Pore Size

Some topical antioxidants appear to be useful in reducing pore size. They probably work by protecting new collagen and elastin from degradation and by reducing some of the inflammatory and acne-like oxidative processes that take place in congested pores. Alyria Antioxidant Capsules, Prevage MD and Replenix CF Serum are examples of stable antioxidant products which may help you reduce apparent open pore size.

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