Oily Shine & Large Pores

Oily shine is caused by excessive output of sebum (oil) in areas with abundant oil glands. Oily shine usually appears around mid-morning and gets worse throughout the day. In hot, humid weather, the sebum “floats” on a layer of perspiration, making oily shine more pronounced.

The appearance of large pores is usually caused by overactive sebaceous (oil) glands. This causes the pores to expand to accommodate the excess sebum production. When pores become clogged with cellular debris causing blackheads, they can appear even larger.

Although there is nothing you can do to “shrink” pores, topical Niacinamide can help to inhibit oil flow, decreasing their appearance. Alpha + beta hydroxy acids and Vitamin A analogues (such as retinol and retinaldehyde) help minimise large pores by keeping them clear of debris.

It’s a common belief that moisturisers are an essential step in any skincare routine. In fact, moisturisers are not suitable for everyone. People with naturally oily skin should actually avoid moisturisers, as these products are designed to supplement the skin’s lipid (oil) layer, something you don’t need when your skin is already oily! If you have “combination skin”, apply moisturiser only to the areas where you are genuinely dry, and avoid the areas that are prone to oiliness.

Cosmetic Toners are traditionally associated with shrinking pores, but there is nothing scientifically proven to reduce the size of a pore. The tight feeling that toners cause is actually related to the depletion of the skin’s essential oils by astringent ingredients such as alcohol.

Treatment advice

Fractional CO2™ laser or Fraxel laser to reduce the unsightly pores and associated sun damage. Dr. Belinda Welsh can offer Fraxel at the Skin and Cancer Foundation in Carlton.

Roaccutane (isotretionin) low dose can also be a very effective management option in certain cases.

To get started

Please feel free to make a booking with our skin therapist to discuss a skin care regime and  treatments which can be tailored to your skin type.