Clogged pores are one of the chief concerns bringing both men and women to Austin Clinic and The Sanctuary. It’s a common skin complaint, especially at this time of year and after all the 50+ we’ve been layering on. Are seasonal breakouts putting an unwelcome bump in your summer skin beauty? We can help with that.
Why We Love Pores at Austin Clinic
Pores are your skin’s natural cleaning team, but they’re not perfect. The glands underneath your skin push up dead cells through the pores. Before long, your face appears shiny as the glands excrete oil to help push away the dead skin. Clogged pores are fertile ground for infection. These infections are more commonly known as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and acne.
However, this process is not perfect. Pores can become clogged and need to be cleaned regularly, just like the drain in your kitchen sink. Adding to the problem are external stressors including air pollution, make-up, and poorly manufactured moisturisers. If your skin is sprouting unwelcome bumps, you need to think more about how you’re treating the microbiome in your skin.
Skin Microbes: The Good, the Bad, and the Pore-Clogging
Each area of your body has a unique microbiome, consisting of primarily beneficial bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Your skin’s microbiome serves as a barrier against pathogens and also helps to regulate skin inflammation (aka acne). A compromised skin barrier sets the stage for the bacteria-clogged pores to develop into acne, eczema, and even rosacea.
Skin becomes drier with age due to an increase in pH and changes in the skin’s moisture barrier. It is further damaged by UV rays from the sun and even the formation of free radicals that are part of the body’s normal metabolic processes. “Summer sun is a good reason to come in for your annual skin health check,” Dr Kaley Heyworth, our skin cancer expert, reminds everyone.
“Scrubbing your skin with stringent or abrasive cleansers can destroy good bacteria and damage your skin barrier,” warns Dr Austin. “We believe Austin Skin’s own gentle cleanse is a superior choice and is appropriate for all skin types.”
In-Clinic Treatments to Unclog Facial Pores
SkinPen Treatments – Both clogged and enlarged pores will benefit from just a single microneedling Skin Pen treatment. The treatment is non-invasive and requires zero downtime.
HydraFacial – Our 3-step HydraFacial Deluxe treatment creates gentle suction over your skin, extracting dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from clogged pores.
Microdermabrasion – Today’s microdermabrasion treatments are painless and effective, promoting cellular renewal through effective exfoliation. In addition to buffing away the outer layer of skin, it suctions out accumulated impurities that clog pores and create breakouts. It is also a preventative solution to skin bumps, as it loosens and removes excess oil around the pores.
Mesotherapy – This beauty treatment is commonly known as bio-rejuvenation. It rejuvenates skin with a series of transdermal injections that contain a multivitamin solution and natural plant extracts. The micro-channels created with mesotherapy allow these nutrients, vitamins, and healing proteins to penetrate the surface of the skin for optimal absorption. The process facilitates tissue regeneration and reduces the production of oil and sebum. This keeps newly unclogged pores clearer for longer.
Safely Unclogging Pores at Home
The best way to a clear complexion and pores free from build-up is with a good at-home cleansing routine. Our experts can guide you to non-comedogenic skin care products formulated to keep skin healthy and beautiful. (You can’t have one without the other.) The Austin Skin product catalogue is filled with skin-loving cleansers, exfoliants, and everything you need to keep your pores clear and your complexion glowing. If you need help making a selection or would like to book a treatment appointment online, we would love to hear from you.