Pores are the small openings in the skin that release either oil or sweat. The name ‘open pores’ can be misleading, as all pores are open to allow the skin to breathe. ‘Open pores’ really means large pores, meaning the openings are bigger than normal and are visible to the naked eye.
Some people have open pores due to genetic factors. Their hair follicles may just naturally be thicker. People who have oily or combination skin types are more likely to have open pores. Their skin produces excess natural oil known as sebum. When oil collects in the pore and combines with dead skin cells, it becomes blocked. Blackheads may form, making the pore look larger.
While not a medical concern, open pores can be a cosmetic issue for those who wish to reduce their size. Pores cannot be made smaller, but deep cleansing can make pores appear to shrink.
We have suitable treatments for open pores at Harpenden Skin Clinic, and can devise a bespoke monthly skincare plan to best suit your skin.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.