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What are Pores and How to Minimize Appearance of Enlarged Pores

Minimize, Refine, Smooth

While the size of your pores are primarily genetic, here's a comprehensive guide on minimizing the appearance of pores!  While they're essential to our skin's function, there's also an obsession to minimize their appearance to almost nothing.

We're here to give you a breakdown of what they are, why they appear large, and how to tackle PORES.

What Are Pores?

To find a solution for enlarged pores, we must first understand what pores are, their purpose, and root causes of enlarged pores.

Part of the pilosebaceous unit (refer to photo below), A pore is the opening of a hair follicle and serve two purposes: secreting oil and releasing sweat. There are two types of pores:

• Oil pores: Connected to a sebaceous gland, oil pores cover the entire surface of skin. Sebaceous gland within each hair follicle secretes sebum or oil through the pores. Sebum production is important for skin health because it protects and moisturizes the skin.

• Sweat pores: Cover your entire skin, but unlike oil pores, they’re microscopic and typically can't be seen with the naked eye.

As much as we want to erase them from our face, they're essential! Without pores, our skin would feel dry and irritated.  Complexion issues arise when pores get clogged and inflamed. And like all problems, it's always easier to prevent than address.

Reasons Why Your Pores May APPEAR Larger

The most common causes for large pores are:

• Excess sebum secretion
• Decreased skin elasticity
• Dry Skin

1. Excess Sebum Secretion Accounts For to Visibly Enlarged Pores On Face

Increased levels of oiliness in skin contributes to pores appearing larger. Additionally, oil combined with dirt, dead skin skin cells, pollutants can cause clogging which leads to breakouts and blackheads.

Pores are more prominent by the nose, cheek, and chin area, as a result of having more sebaceous glands beneath the skin. When your glands secrete too much oil pores get even larger.

2. Decreased Skin Elasticity Leads to Enlarged Pores with Age

When you're younger, your skin is full of collagen, firm, and tight.  As a result, large pores aren't as noticeable.  With age, our skin loses it elasticity due to decreased collagen and elastin production. Collagen production starts to decline by ~1% a year in our late 20's. This causes skin to stretch and sag.  Pores indent further into the skin, giving pores an enlarged appearance.

3. Dry Skin Prompt Sebaceous Glands to Produce More Oil, Leading to Enlarged and Clogged Pores

When our skin is dry, it produces extra sebum to lubricate and compensate for the lack of moisture. As your pore expands with oil and other debris, you get the larger appearance of pores.

How To “Shrink” Large Pores?

Can you really shrink pores? Not in particular... the size of pores, along with how much oil your skin produces is genetically predetermined.  People with oily skin tend to have larger pores.  However, there are things you can do to help! 

✔️ DECREASE EXCESS OIL / SEBUM PRODUCTION
✔️ STIMULATE COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN PRODUCTION
✔️ HYDRATE AND RESTORE SKIN BARRIER  

A pore-friendly regimen works to unclog, strengthen, and hydrate skin!   

UNCLOG
Excess oil and sebum stretch pores out.  By regulating excess sebum (oil) production – you’re effectively shrinking them back to their normal, pre-stretched state by reducing the sebum that’s causing your pores to enlarge.

Exfoliating skin also immediately lessens the appearance of pores by removing dry skin built up around your pores.  Regular exfoliation twice a week, combined with Mira, help keep mores clean and tight.

STRENGTHEN
With age, you gradually loose collagen and elastin which along with fine lines, also results in large pores over time.  Think of  Stimulating collagen and elastin production, and exercising the muscles on your face, will keep your skin taut, and pores tight.

HYDRATE
Dry skin produces excess oil to address the dryness. This results in clogged pores. Moisturizing keeps your skin happy and healthy & your pores minimized.

How La Luer Helps to Minimize Pores

Detox and Tone modes with Blue LED light technology, Ultrasound, & EMS decreases excess oil production in the skin:

Blue LED light therapy decreases excess oil production and kills acne causing bacteria. Having less oil trapped in pores gives pores a minimized appearance. Ultrasonic waves & EMS reduce the appearance of enlarged pores by softening and tightening skin while also increasing circulation & controlling excess sebum production. 

Lift mode with Red LED light technology, RF, & EMS helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production, tighten skin, as well as decrease inflammation and redness in skin.

Radio Frequency stimulates collagen and elastin production via molecular friction/heat. Collagen fibers contract, resulting in an immediate skin-tightening effect. It also prompts the synthesis of more collagen for instant and cumulative results.

Microcurrents and EMS firms & tightens skin, re-educates muscles, and increases ATP production for tighter, smoother skin.RED LED Light Therapy decreases inflammation, increases collagen and elastin production, and reduces inflammation and damage caused by oxidative stress.

Infuse mode utilizes ultrasonic and galvanic currents to deeply moisturize skin and help rebuild your skins natural barrier! In a more balanced state, your skin won't produce as much sebum, thereby minimizing the appearance of pores and giving you a natural healthy glow!

Galvanic Currents via Iontophoresis & Ultrasound boosts hydration levels, increases moisture retention, and stimulates blood circulation to the face. Negative ions bind to the Hyaluronic Acid in our conductive gel, pushing the molecules deep into the epidermal layers.Green LED Light Therapy has a calming effect on the skin. With anti-inflammatory properties, Green LED soothes the surface of the skin. It also to lightens hyper-pigmentation from acne scaring, revealing a brighter complexion.