Mail 22nd June 2017

Don’t fret about wrinkles! It’s large pores you need to worry about.


Forget wrinkles. It's your pores that'll age you

Article Type: Press, Online

Publication: Daily Mail

Published: 22/Jun/2017

Don’t fret about wrinkles! It’s large pores you need to worry about. From laser treatments to pore-filling primers, Dr Totton talks me through some of the problem-pore solutions.

At the grand old age of 39, I have discovered something new about myself: I have simply massive pores.

A face scan using a high-tech complexion analysis system, Visia, suggested I have bigger pores than 97 per cent of the population. The Grand Canyons of the skin world. For years, I obsessed over spots, then wrinkles, but thanks to HD TV and Instagram, pores are the beauty world’s new fixation.

Research by L’Oreal suggests they worry a third of women more than wrinkles, with sales of products such as pore-minimising strips rising by up to 70 per cent in the past year. I wonder how I didn’t notice them before. Now, they are all I can see. I’ve taken to squeezing the contents until my skin is a red mess.

Enlarged pores are common, according to aesthetician Dr Leah Totton, who runs Dr Leah cosmetic clinics. ‘It’s an issue many women complain about, especially as they get older,’ she says. ‘Pores are openings on skin, where sebum is released to keep skin moisturised.

‘Pore size is usually genetically pre-determined — but if you have oily skin, it’s likely your pores will be bigger as more sebum is transported.

‘As you age, collagen around pores breaks down, so they flop open more — and stay open. Picking at skin can damage pores and permanently widen them. Squeezing is the worst thing you can do.’ Oops.

So, what should I do? From laser treatments to pore-filling primers, Dr Totton talks me through some of the problem-pore solutions ...

USE GOOD SUNSCREEN

Sun damage can break down collagen and expand pores — but finding the right sunscreen can be tricky.

I like Obagi’s Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (£54.95, skinoracle.com) and the lightweight Rita Rakus Protect (£37, drritarakus.com).