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Large pores

Who doesn’t want silky and smooth skin that has zero visible pores, just like a doll! Over half of asian women are struggling with their large pores, and trying any possible ways to minimise them. In fact, it is hardly possible to reverse them by only applying skincare products. Good news is, anesthetic treatment makes minimising pores way beyond possible but easily achievable.

What is large pores

The pore is an opening of the hair follicle, which is the shared opening of both the hair follicle and the sebaceous gland. Apart from being a channel where hair grows, the other function of pores is excreting sebaceous secretions (sebum). A single pore larger than 0.02m㎡ is considered as a large pore, usually accompanied by depressed and uneven skin surface around the pores.

The accumulation of dead skin cells and keratin on top of the skin will make the skin become thicker and rougher, and the pores become larger. Water and nutrients are kept away from the skin as the dead cells block the absorption. The skin becomes dull and dry, secretes more sebum production, and the pores will appear larger. Also, when we get older, the skin gradually loses collagen, its elasticity and the support around the hair follicles, causing the pores to appear larger. On the other hand, when your skin looks oily but feels dry, it will also make the pores larger.

Causes

In general, large pores can be caused by high sebum secretion, skin aging, photoaging, natural pore size, gender, age, sun damage, irritation, acne, seborrheic dermatitis, etc. The gene also determines larger pores.

1. High Sebum Secretion:

Sebaceous glands (oil glands) on our skin secrete sebum, our body oil, to the pore to naturally moisturise our skin. However, sebum secretion is sensitive to external and internal factors such as weather, temperature, hormonal level, dietary, sleeping quality and mood. No matter the reason that triggers a high sebum secretion, a large amount of sebum will be secreted from the sebaceous gland and released to the pores. The excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells gathering in the pores will then cause pores to appear larger than usual.

2. Aging:

As we grow older, it is a natural process that our skin ages, loses collagen and elasticity which causes our skin to stretch and sag, making our pores look larger.

3. Enlarged Hair Follicles:

Pores are the openings at the top of hair follicles. An expanding hair follicle will stretch and enlarge the corresponding pore. Besides, recovery from severe acne may form small scars at the follicle sheath, and the follicle sheath may be blocked under the stimulation of androgen, resulting in large hair follicles and pores.

4. Prolonged smoking habit

Smoking cigarettes will cause blood vessels to constrict, which slow down the blood circulation throughout the body. Constricted blood vessels will limit the amount of nutrients your cells receive, causing skin dryness, early signs of aging, drooping skin and large pores.

5. Inadequate protection from sun

The UV radiation from the sun penetrates into the dermis causing damage to collagen fibres and loss of collagen. Therefore, not protecting your skin from the sun properly will enlarge the pore size.

6. Clogged pores:

Our skin constantly produces new skin cells to replace dead skin cells. Clogged pores are the result of the dead skin cells being trapped in the pores rather than coming off into the environment. The clogged pores full of dead cells, debris and sebum are blocked and get larger in size.

7. Other reasons:

Squeezing acne and pores will cause irritation and stimulate the pore to overly accumulate sebum. Also, the force from squeezing will stretch and damage the epidermis and dermis, which may leave depression and scars and enlarge the pore. Hair follicles located at pores that are filled up with debris and oil are prone to inflammation.

Symptoms

The skin that has large skin pores shows uneven and rough skin surface. There are four types of large pores: keratin type, oily skin type, dry skin type and aging skin type.

● Enlarged Pores – Keratin skin type:

When keratin builds up and blocks the pore, sebum will be trapped in the pore causing the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. The blackheads are small black dots located at the pores while whiteheads are small white bumps located at the pores.

● Enlarged pores – oily skin type:

Over secretion of sebum makes the pores appear larger and greasy than normal. The skin at the T zone (forehead and nose) secretes more oil than other facial areas. Oily skin tends to leave the skin yellowish, dull, greasy and U-shaped large pores.

● Enlarged pores – dry skin type:

Oval shape pores usually occur on people with dry or dehydrated skin, taking a long haul flight will dry out the skin causing the pore to appear larger and more obvious. Dry skin tends to have more texture than other skin types.

● Enlarged pores – aging skin type:

Y-shaped (water droplet shape) pores usually occur on people with aging skin. Due to the loss of collagen fibres and skin elasticity, the support around the pore has been destructed and weaker. Adjacent pores collapse together and form a pattern of lines.

Affected people

  • People with oily skin compared to dry skin/combination skin are more prone to have problems with large pores as they have a higher secretion of sebum.
  • People with signs of skin aging.
  • People who do not take precautions in the sun. People who are chronically exposed to sun.
  • People who have high or relatively high levels of androgen. People who are diabetic.
  • People who drink and smoke for a long time.
  • People who frequently squeeze their pores or acne.
  • People with skin that easily forms scars.
  • People who do not remove their makeup or clean their face properly. People who use poor quality skincare products. People who do not have a proper daily facial routine.
  • People who have unhealthy lifestyle and diet such as staying up late, eating food with high content of fat or sugar or spicy food.

Treatment

When you come to Ai Beauty clinic wishing to treat your large pores, firstly face-to-face consultation and skin evaluation will be carried out to collect data about your skin condition for a comprehensive analysis of your skin. The analysis report will indicate the cause of your large pores. Then, a treatment plan customised for your condition will be recommended for a desirable outcome.

A. Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling

What is Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling:

Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling is an innovative technology integrating matrix application, microneedling, and radio frequency technology. During the treatment, a device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the skin. The RF energy is then delivered via the small needles into the dermis to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved skin texture and firmness, as well as skin resurfacing.

How does it work:

A sterile treatment tip with a matrix of non-insulated, 24k gold-plated microneedles is used to mechanically and biologically stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. During the treatment, microneedles will be precisely inserted into the skin, and 1 million Hz frequency energy will be transmitted from the microneedles to the skin. The energy will penetrate the epidermis and reach the dermis layer, heating up the collagen fibres at the dermis to 55℃-65℃. The high temperature will damage the sebaceous glands and kill acne-causing bacteria, which can help reduce the pore size, inhibit the development of acne, control oil secretion and improve acne problem.

Procedure:

1. VISIA examination: Access skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Develop unique treatment plan based on client’s condition and desired results.

3. Apply anesthetic: Apply anesthetic externally. Clean and disinfect the treatment areas.

4. Pre-treatment preparation: Draw markings on the face to define treatment areas. Confirm the package of the new tip of the applicator has not been opened.

5. During the treatment: Perform the treatment as planned, precisely adjust the RF energy output and depth.

6. Post-treatment repair: Medical-grade facial repair mask + QDEL phototherapy mask to nourish and repair the skin.

7. Post-treatment care.

Duration: 1-1.5 hrs

Who is it for:

  • People who have large pores after recovering from a severe acne outbreak;
  • People who have a serious condition of large pores;
  • People who have large pore caused by aging or photoaging;
  • People who have problems with large pores alongside with acne pits or/and acne scars;  
  • People with large pores problem that does not improve by entrance level aesthetic treatments such as mesotherapy or Photorejuvenation;
Ai Beauty Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling:

AI BEAUTY is the first clinic in Europe to introduce the most advanced ENDYMED Radiofrequency Microneedle equipment, which is operated by a professional team composed of doctors and nurses who worked in NHS hospitals. Here is where you will receive a safe and effective RF Microneedling treatment.

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B. PicoSure Laser Pigmentation Treatment

What is PicoSure

PicoSure is a picosecond laser treatment that can safely and effectively remove tattoos and pigmentation. It has been certified by the FDA and approved for use in treatment of pigmented skin problems and pigmentation. A specific wavelength of light (755nm) is used to remove melanin. This treatment is 7 times more effective than traditional laser, and less high thermal damage and less rebound. The specific lens will deliver specific wavelength energy into cells to breakdown melanin, stimulate growth of collagen and elastic fibers, and effectively improve the elasticity of aging cells.

How does PicoSure work:

The PicoSure Laser device is equipped with unique FOCUS lens. The FOCUS lens will redistribute 70% of the emitted laser energy and concentrate the energy into the skin, which will break down the melanin at the epidermis. The energy will also create a shock-wave hitting the deep dermis layer and damage the collagen, which will stimulate the repair and regrowth of collagen. Therefore, PicoSure treatment is not limited to improving pigmentation, but also smoothing lines, reducing pore size and restoring a youthful look.

Procedure:

1. VISIA examination: Access skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2.Face-to-face consultation: Develop unique treatment plan based on individual’s skin condition and desired results.

3. PATCH TEST: Perform a PATCH TEST 24 hrs prior the treatment. Proceed with the treatment when no allergy or abnormal sign is shown.

4. Pre-treatment preparation: Clean, disinfect and apply anesthetics at the treatment areas. Put on safety goggles.

5. During the treatment: Deliver wavelength pulse at the pigmentation areas, repeat steps at the severe pigmented areas. Cooling effect from cold air outlet.

6. Post-treatment: Apply aloe vera gel to soothe and calm down the treatment areas.

7. Post-treatment caring.

Duration: 1-1.5 hrs

Who is it for:

  • People who have or are developing severe problems with large pores;
  • People who have large pores caused by improper sun protection or improper anti-aging skin care;
  • People with large pores and stubborn pigmentation;
  • People who want to improve their skin condition, but do not rush to get instant results.
Ai Beauty PicoSure Laser Pigmentation Treatment:

The only Picosure laser equipment equipped with both “755 nm wavelength” and “skin cleansing” functions. Ai Beauty has built a strategic cooperation with Cynosure (the head office of PicoSure) and is the one of the best medical aesthetic clinics equipped with PicoSure.

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C. M22 laser treatment

What is M22:

M22 is an innovative photoelectric skin revitalisation instrument jointly developed by Lumenis, Stanford University and Harvard University. It innovatively combines the world leading technologies (OPT technology and fractional non-ablative technology – RESURFX) to effectively treat pigmented lesions, acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, swelling lines, skin reconstruction (including reducing pores size, hair removal, skin rejuvenation, skin whitening, moisturizing, etc.), facial lifting, and wrinkle removal. M22 has obtained the US FDA and the EU CE certification and is the cutting-edge technology that delivers top skin rejuvenation treatment.

How does M22 work:

M22 IPL treatment adopts the core OPT technology and the only true fractional non-ablative technology, RESURFX. The emitted intense pulsed light will stimulate a structural change of collagen fibres and elastic fibres at the dermis, which will promote the regeneration of collagen to restore skin’s elasticity, remove fine lines, reduce pores size and smoothen the skin texture.

Procedure:

1. VISIA examination: Access skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Customise unique treatment plan based on individual’s skin condition and desired results.

3. Pre-treatment preparation: Clean and disinfect the treatment areas. Put on safety goggles and apply treatment gel.

4. Treatment: Full face treatment, repeat steps at servere areas.

5. Post-treatment: Remove the gel, clean the face and apply a medical grade repair mask to calm the face.

6. Post-treatment caring.

Duration: 45-60 mins

Who is M22 for:

  • People with large pores;
  • People with rough skin, textured skin, sensitive skin or skin redness along with large pores;
  • People who want to improve their skin condition, but do not rush to get instant results.
  • People who want to have regular skin conditioning to maintain a youthful appearance.
Ai Beauty Skin Photorejuvenation Treatment:

M22 is the best photorejuvenation equipement in the market. As a strategic partner of Lumenis in the UK, AI BEAUTY is authorized to become the designated medical beauty institution for the use of M22 Photorejuvenation equipment.

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D. Acid Peel

What is acid peel:

Acid peel is a skin resurfacing procedure involving application of acidic solution on the skin. The acidic solution dissolves the oil particles among cells on the outermost layer of the epidermis and promotes the removal of the outermost layer. It stimulates the renewal of skin cells, promotes the replacement of elastic fibers in the dermis, and maintains the healthy state of the skin. It also helps with skin whitening, removing acne marks, reducing pores size and fine lines, removing blackheads, and curing acne and chloasma.

How does acid peel work:

Acid peel/AHA peel solution can loosen the physical attachment among stratum corneum cells by dissolving the oil particles between their cellular gaps, which will peel off the excessively accumulated keratin, unblock the clogged hair follicles and prevent the development of clogging opening at hair follicles. In addition, it stimulates the regeneration ability of epidermal cells and promotes dermal collagen fiber proliferation and its structural rearrangement, which will help to effectively improve skin texture (especially chicken skin), minimise large pores (by inhibiting oil secretion) and brighten skin tone.

Procedure:

1. VISIA examination: Access skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Provide suitable acid peel treatment plan based on client’s needs and goals.

3. Pre-treatment: Clean and disinfect the treatment areas.

4. Treatment: Apply an acidic solution on the face, waiting 1-5 mins.

5. End of treatment: Apply a neutraliser solution on face to terminate the acidic reaction and peeling reaction to avoid over peeling.

6. Cleaning. Post-treatment care.

Duration: 45-60 mins

Who is it for:

  • People with large pores caused by accumulation of keratin. People with keratin skin type;
  • People with large pores caused by over secretion of sebum. People with combination or oily skin types.
  • People who have problems with large pores and whiteheads;
Ai Beauty Acid Peel:

The acidic solution used in the Ai Beauty for acid peel treatment is the Milk Peel solution developed by the leading skin rejuvenation French brand Dermaceutic. Their Milk Peel solution is a complex acid which appears clean and transparent. The acid concentration and content ingredients are clearly labelled. Ai Beauty is committed to sourcing guaranteed products and services to clients for safe and effective treatments.

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E. Mesotherapy

What is Mesotherapy:

Our skin is facing all kinds of damages everyday, like photodamage, pollution and the natural aging process. Mesotherapy can be a regular skin rejuvenation treatment that helps maintain our skin in a good condition in the long run. It is a non-surgical treatment that injects solution with various vital nutrients to our skin directly, which has a significantly higher absorption of nutrients than using skincare products. According to the skin condition, the injection content can also be tailored to meet one’s need for the maximum desired outcome.

How does it work:

Mesotherapy involves the injection of hyaluronic acid or/and multiple nutrients to the dermis. Dermis cells absorb the nutrients via osmotic absorption, which will activate cellular activity, promote the proliferation of collagen and elastic fibroblasts, resulting in smoothing depressed scars, improving pigmentation, deep hydrating and smoothing wrinkles. Leaving you a thoroughly improved skin texture, healthier skin condition and a perfect silky skin.

Procedure:

1. VISIA skin evaluation: Evaluate skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Tailored a suitable mesotherapy treatment plan based on client’s conditions and desired results.

3. Pre-treatment preparation: Apply anesthetics. Clean and disinfect the whole face.

4. Treatment: Administer injection solution by qualified practitioner. Repeat injection or scatter injection in severe areas.

5. Post-treatment care: Medical-grade facial repair mask and QDEL phototherapy mask to nourish and repair the skin.

5. Post-treatment precautions.

Duration: 60 mins

Who is it for:

  • People with large pores caused by dry/dehydrated skin;
  • People with large pores and oily skin caused by oil-water imbalance;
  • People who have unstable skin or rough skin want to regularly condition their skin;
  • People with large pores and have skin rejuvenation needs;
Ai Beauty Mesotherapy:

With rich clinical experience of treating asian clients under the treatment standards for asian anesthetic and asian skin type, injections are administered by British GMC/NMC registered medical staff, you can get a unique and customised skin rejuvenation solution.

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F. Hydrafacial

What is Hydrafacial:

Hydrafacial is a skin cleansing device developed by an American skincare company, Hydrafacial. This FDA, CE and CSA approved device was designed to promote the health of skin and to restore skin barrier rapidly. It utilizes a patented 4-in-1 VORTEX two-way vacuum system in the addition of a serum solution to deeply clean the skin and restore a nutritious healthy skin. Hydrafacial treatment can fundamentally improve skin conditions (including blackheads, skin dryness, fine lines, sensitive skin, yellowish skin tone, large pores, acne and photoaging) in 30 mins without causing pain and downtime, helping to restore a healthy and strong skin.

How does it work:

Hydrafacial treatment combines the usage of an exclusive formula essence and the patented VORTEX two-way vacuum technology to exfoliate the skin, rapidly open up the pores, clear the congestion, non-invasively clear out blackheads, whiteheads, debris and dirt, gently remove old dead skin cells. While vacuuming and cleansing the skin, the essence that is made with nourishing ingredients will be absorbed into the skin, which can accelerate cellular metabolism, restore the skin’s oil-water balance, resulting in a cleaner and healthy skin. In only 30 mins, hydrafacial treatment will cleanse, extract, and hydrate your skin in 3 steps. According to your skin condition, location and desired results, a unique plan can be tailored for your need.

Procedure:

1. VISIA skin evaluation: Evaluate skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Tailored a suitable hydrafacial treatment plan based on client’s conditions and desired results.

3. Pre-treatment preparation: Remove makeup and cleanse the face.

4. Hydrafacial 3 steps: ①Cleanse+Peel ②Extract+ Exfoliate ③Nourish+Protect

5. Post-treatment care: QDEL phototherapy mask to nourish and repair the skin.

6. Post-treatment precautions.

Duration: 45-60 mins

Who is it for:

  • People who have large pores caused by keratin congestion. People who want to deep cleanse the pores;
  • People who have large pores caused by oily skin or combination oily skin;
  • People who have rough skin texture or do not cleanse their face properly. People who need a deep cleanse of their face;
  • People who have large pores and damaged skin barrier;
  • People who want to combine hydrafacial treatment with other skincare treatments to improve skin condition and texture;
Ai Beauty Hydrafacial:

A high-end skincare treatment that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. Providing a high flexibility on the types of treatment tips and the content of essence and a high compatibility with other skincare treatments (e.g. photoelectric, microneedling), regardless what skin conditions or desired results you have, hydrafacial can be tailored for everyone.

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Remove Large pores, come to Ai Beauty Clinic,
for safe and professional medical treatment.

Ai Beauty Clinic is a CQC accredited clinic based in London, and also is strongly supported by Cynosure(the owner of Ulthreapy) and Cynosure (the owner of PicoSure).

With rich experience of treating clients of various conditions, led by a famous British medical chief trainer, practiced by doctors and nurses who are GMC/NMC-registered and worked in NHS national hospitals, Ai Beauty provides certified and safe medical beauty treatments.

Ai Beauty always puts safety first. Not only are all medical staff insured by independent medical policy, each client who comes to Ai Beauty Clinic is also insured by £5 millions medical insurance. This full insurance coverage allows clients to have a concern-free treatment experience.

Ai Beauty Clinic has served over 15,000 clients from all around the world, been covered by some famous media such as European Times and CW Television, and established trust and an excellent reputation among them.