If you have whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples, you can blame clogged pores, the tiny little ducts in your skin.
Keeping your pores unblocked is easier said than done, but we make it fast and simple at Gago Wellness in Brighton, Michigan. We use BroadBand Light™ therapy (BBL) to obliterate the junk that clogs pores and leads to blemishes. Here’s how it works.
What is a pore?
You have two main types of pores: oil pores and sweat pores.
Sweat pores are so tiny, they’re practically invisible. They’re located all over your body, allowing you to sweat and regulate your temperature.
Oil pores are the tricky ones. These openings may be so small you can’t see them easily or so big they’re distracting. Oil pores are ducts or channels connected to your sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (oil). The number, size, and location of your oil pores are primarily an act of genetics. When oil pores get clogged, acne sets in.
Enlarged pores vs. clogged pores
You can have enlarged pores without having clogged pores, but the two often go hand in hand. Sun damage, age, certain skin care products, and hair follicles can increase the size of your oil pores and make them more vulnerable to clogging. But even tiny pores can become clogged.
What clogs pores?
Pores are designed to release oil and sweat, but often, the reverse happens. Instead of sending out waste, waste falls into the holes and fills them up.
The most common pore-cloggers are:
- Dry, dead skin cells
- Lotions and cosmetics
Teens are most susceptible to clogged pores because the hormone surge that comes with puberty dramatically increases the amount of oil their sebaceous glands produce. Excess oil overwhelms and clogs the pores.
How to prevent clogged pores
You can give your pores a fighting chance by diligently caring for your skin. Our master aestheticians at Gago Wellness can guide you toward the proper skincare routine and products based on your unique skin condition. In general, avoid touching your face throughout the day, and avoid oily products.
Exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells that clog pores. The method and frequency of exfoliation matter, so talk to our team about what’s right for you.
If you can’t keep your pores clear — we can.
Talk to our aestheticians about BBL and peels to treat acne.
We offer BBL technology, a safe and painless laser light therapy that penetrates the surface of your skin and targets the problems below. The broad spectrum of wavelengths stimulates several beneficial changes in your skin:
- Reduces effects of sun damage
- Tightens skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes scar tissue
- Fades age spots and freckles
- Reduces ruddy complexions and rosacea symptoms
BBL also improves your pore health by:
- Slowing down your overactive oil glands
- Killing bacteria that cause acne without antibiotics
- Reducing the size of your pores
Clogged pores can be stubborn, and it’s hard to clear them and keep them clear on your own. Fortunately, you don’t have to. To schedule a BBL treatment at Gago Wellness, call us, or request an appointment online today. Your pores will thank you.