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Open Pores: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What are Open Pores?

Pores are the tiny openings all over our skin that help the skin to breathe and remain hydrated. They also help in eliminating toxins from our bodies. However, sometimes these pores may expand due to clogging and dilation. That is when they become a problem. There are more likely to occur in people with oily skin. These pores are mostly painless and harmless but can be very unpleasing to the eye, especially when they occur on the face. This condition may be due to genetics, aging, excessive sweating, unhygienic habits, poor quality makeup or blackheads. There are a number of home remedies available to lessen your open pores. Your dermatologist may suggest salicylic acid and retinoids heal your open pores. If they do not work, you have the option to go for Lasers, TCA Cross, Derma Rollers, AFT technology or Pixel perfect technology.

How is the treatment done?

If your skin is extremely oily, you may want to try face washes and toners that contain salicylic acid. This acid seeps inside the sebaceous ducts and removes the keratin plugs resulting in the reduction of your open pores. Retinoids must be consumed only at the recommendation of your doctor. Oral and topical retinoids will reduce the oil secretions and the pores. Lasers are known to efficiently reduce bigger pits and craters caused by acne scars. They induce collagen remodeling to diminish the pores. TCA Cross involves the application of tri-chloro-acetic acid with the use of a toothpick on the walls of the open pores. A black scab will form on each pore and will fall off in the next 7-10 days. Derma Rollers also use collagen remodeling to reduce the pores. They can be used in mild to moderate cases as they are less effective than lasers. AFT technology is a light-based device used to rejuvenate the skin resulting in a brighter and fresher skin immediately. Natural light is made to reach deep inside the skin to form collagen and stimulate new skin. Pixel perfect technology will push your skin to self exfoliate in order to form new skin within seven days.

Who is eligible for the treatment of Open Pores?

If you feel that the pores on your skin have opened too much and are making your skin look ugly, you must consult a dermatologist and get this condition treated.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are going through some other medical treatment, the open pores may be a side effect of the medications from that treatment. Wait for that treatment to subside before getting on with the open pores’ treatment.

Are there any side effects of treatment?

Consult a dermatologist before using salicylic acid if you have dry or sensitive skin. It may cause some serious damage. AFT technology is not known to have any side effects. Other treatments may result in temporary redness, irritation or mild itchiness in your skin for some time.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Along with following your dermatologist’s instructions, you must make sure that your skin is clean at all times. Use a good face wash and toner twice a day to clear off all the dirt from your pores. Apply a good amount of sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 30, before stepping out in the sun. Use only good quality makeup, if you must. Avoid junk food and consume a nutritious diet including items rich in vitamin C.

How long does it take to recover?

AFT technology shows immediate results. Pixel perfect technology takes about 7 days. It will take about 7-10 days if you choose the TCA cross. Lasers and Derma Rollers may have to be done a few times depending on the severity of your condition. Only then will they show results.

What is the price of treatment in India?

One session of consultation with your dermatologist may cost between ₹1000 - ₹2000. The cost of treatment may vary according to the one you choose to go for, the severity of your condition and the area of skin covered.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment may or may not be permanent. Skin pores may return with aging, hormonal changes, unhygienic conditions or any other reason. However, you must take keep your skin clean in order to avoid the situations.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

You can try homemade face packs comprising of almonds, apple cider vinegar, honey, egg whites or sandalwood. Applying ice a few times a day is also known to minimize enlarged pores.

Key Highlights

Safety: Medium

Effectiveness: Medium

Timeliness: Medium

Relative Risk: Medium

Side Effects: Medium

Time For Recovery: Medium

Price Range:

Rs 1,000 - Rs 2,000

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