Pores, no more: Minimising to photoshopped skin


Flawless skin with Laser Genesis.

Pores, those holes that effect your skin texture, overall appearance of skin and smooth application of makeup.

Let’s take a few steps back, what are pores? A pore is a small opening in the skin which allows oil and sweat to reach the surface. We have two different types of pores: oil and sweat pores.

The cause of enlarged pores is when your oil glands make too much oil. This excess oil mixes with dead skin cells in the pore, causing it to clog. The clog stops the oil from flowing freely, which causes the pore itself to enlarge.

The pore enlarges to provide extra room for the oil to flow out, the oil still may become trapped by the dead skin, this is most common around the nose.

Homecare is vital and we share all of our favourite products our blog post, Shrinking: Products designed to target pores.
Treatments are equally if not more important than homecare if you are looking to target large pores.

One of the key treatments Face Plus Medispa prescribe to target pore size is Laser Genesis. Laser Genesis is a revolutionary non-ablative laser with zero down time, requires no numbing and is very safe.

Most patients describe the laser feeling as though they have the warm rays of the sun glowing on their face, without the UV rays, of course!

The Laser Genesis light goes through the epidermis, without affecting it in anyway.
The laser rejuvenates the skin by:
– Shrinking the blood vessels that are making the skin red
– Breaking up the fibrotic and bound down acne scars
– Inducing new collagen to grown to smooth even skin texture and wrinkles
Laser Genesis gently heats the middle layer of the skin. When the collagen secreting cells in that layer reach a certain temperature, they start creating new collagen. Following a few treatments patients will see pores start to fill in and skin tone begin to even out.

Results from a single treatment of Laser Genesis will be visible for some in a matter of days, the best results are seen when a series of Laser Genesis treatments are received 4 to 6 weeks apart. You can find out more about the treatment here.

Following a full round of treatments patients will see new healthy skin with smaller pores, even skin tone and texture, reduction in visible capillaries, minimised fine wrinkles and glow.

Patients report a flawless complexion, almost like photoshopped skin!

If redness and enlarged pores are your key concern skin needling is also a high beneficial way to target both concerns. You can find out more about the needling treatment here.

For a consultation with one of our experienced dermal therapists:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]


Shrinking: Products designed to target pores

When the appropriate homecare products are used in conjunction with in clinic treatments your pores will shrink in fear!

There are a few in clinic treatments that are suitable for minimising pores, check out our “Pore, no more” blog.

There are an endless number of products available on the market that claim to assist with pore size. The first step is to identify the reason why your skin maybe experiencing large pores.

This is why it is important to receive a thorough skin consultation followed by a treatment place and homecare package, read about our skin consultation process here.

There are a few tips that are relevant to all who are looking to minimise pore size:
1. Exfoliate your skin!! In winter we recommend you exfoliate your skin 3 times a week and during summer 2 times.

Need to know why and with what? Read here

2.  Find a toner matched to your needs. Toners are an integral part of shrinking pores as they tighten your pores following your cleanse process.

Over the counter toners interrupt the PH levels in your skin and can often cause more damage to the skin. The Dr Spiller, Cucumber Toner is usually our go to, read more here 
The Dr Spiller, Cucumber Toner, $68

We are going to are going to breakdown the product recommendations into two sections:

A) Oil based: you’re probably thinking “What?? Oil based? I have large pores because I produce too much oil!!”. You’re likely too dry and you’re not using the products so the pores are being clogged up by dead skin cells and leading to an over production of oil.

B) Acid based: The skin must be appropriately prepared before proceeding with acid based products. These range of products may be too strong for some skin types.

All products recommended can only be prescribes by a skincare professional.
1. A) Oil based recommendations:
Dr Spiller, Vitamin A Night, $183

Dr Spiller, Vitamin A Day, $167

The two Dr Spiller, Vitamin A products are designed for dry to combination skin. It is designed to restore and normalise the moisture balance and visibly improve the skin’s resilience resulting in a smoother complexion.

1. Dr Spiller, Royal Jelly Cream, $94

The royal Jelly cream is a light cream that has been designed for young problematic complexions prone to breakouts and open pores. More details about this product can be found here.

1. B) Acid based recommendations:
Ultra MD, Ultimate A2 Anti-ageing Serum, $179

Containing two of the most potent prescription Vitamin A available, this product is designed to support the skin’s cell regeneration cycle, the serum will help dramatically transform the skin.

1. Ultra MD, Ultimate A Refining Serum, $155

This product has been developed to support the skin’s production of collagen and elastin. The Ultimate A Refining Serum has been clinically tested and shown to refine and improve the appearance of skin clarity, texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and other imperfections.

To find the perfect products tailored to your needs visit one of our beautiful clinics for a thorough skin assessment, treatment plan and homecare package.

For a, thorough skin assessment:  
Call: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]


My pore friend: Hide pores with makeup

We don’t recommend covering pores with makeup as a long-term solution.

Makeup will often enlarge the pores further and if the makeup is not thoroughly removed this can have an adverse effect. We highly recommend you try these treatments and these products to actively target large pores, if it is a skin concern of yours.

Once you have a thorough skincare regime in place, primers are the best thing to smooth the surface of the skin in preparation for makeup.

Primer will visibly reduce the shine and minimise the appearance of pores. It is always important to use a primer that suits your skin i.e. liquid primers are ideal for drier skin types and a thicker gel like primer for oily skin.
Jane Iredale, Smooth Affair, Facial Primer & Brightener, $78

Jane Iredale, Smooth Affair, Facial Primer & Brightener is packed with a number of anti-ageing properties that nourish your skin. This is the perfect primer for those who need a boost of hydration.

This particular primer will increase the skin’s luminosity whilst minimising the appearance of pores. The Jane Iredale, Smooth Affair, Facial Primer & Brightener will give you a flawless, long wearing finish when applied before your foundation.

Jane Iredale, Smooth Affair, for Oily Skin, $78

As you may have discovered from the name of the product this is a go-to for anyone that has oily skin.

This primer assist with oil control and will work to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and diminish shine to create a photo finish matte look. The Smooth Affair for Oily Skin contains the revolutionary “PoreAway ™” technology, with technology like that how could you not?

Jane Iredale products in general are beneficial for those who have large pores. It is free from parabens, phenoxyethanol and is low allergenic. In essence, it will not block the pores, and it allows the skin to breathe naturally. More info on the Jane Iredale range can be found here.

Another great product available from our Bondi Beach clinic is the…
Curtis Collection By Victoria, Skin refining Face Primer, $49

Ideal for normal to oily skin types it contains dermat complex a natural bark extract used for its ethno-medicinal properties reducing pore size and shine.

Remember, clinic treatments and the right home care range is essential to target all skin concerns including enlarged pores. Over the counter products purchased at pharmacies or retail stores can and will do more harm than good.

Make time for a thorough consultation with our dermal professionals and we will have your pores looking minimised and functioning correctly.

For a, thorough skin consultation or a colour matching session with an experienced team member:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]


Oil production: Foods that lead to enlarged pores

What you eat affects many aspects of your health including your skin.

If you are an avid reader of the Face Plus Medispa blogs you will know that we strongly believe skin health and diet go hand in hand, this is often overlooked.

Your complexion becomes oily when the sebaceous glands secrete more sebum than they need to and this leads to enlarged pores.

Oily skin is difficult to control but changing your diet and reducing your consumption of unhealthy foods, you will see positive improvements to your skin.

Here are the foods you should avoid if you have oily skin:

Dairy products
Milk, butter, cheese and milk chocolate contain high levels of hormones which can lead to an increased production of oil and blocked pores. What to blocked pores leads to? Large pores!

Dairy is also lined with acne and other skin conditions.
If dairy has been your main source of calcium up your intake of leafy greens and almonds to get your recommended daily dose!

If you need a little chocolate in your like, we suggest you opt for a good quality dark chocolate, this should not have an adverse effect on your skin.

Refined carbohydrates
Refined grains lose important nutrients and fibre when they are processed. This has an impact on your blood sugar and can lead to an increased production of oil.

What are refines carbs? White bread, white rice, white pasta and cereals fall into this category. Foods you should opt for instead? Brown whole meal bread, brown rice, whole meal pasta, quinoa and oats. Look for foods that are not as processed with higher levels of fibre.

You want to keep your blood sugar levels more stable, which means your energy levels are steadier too.

Saturated fats and trans fats
Saturated fats are the most harmful fats as it can increase the level of cholesterol in your blood and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Saturated fats also increase inflammation in the skin and lead to excess oil being produced.

Saturated fats are most commonly found in deep fried foods and mass produced fast food goods. Trans fats also have negative effects on your skin. A trans fat is formed when oil goes through a hardening process called hydrogenation. Trans fats are found in processed foods.

When selecting meats opt for lean poultry, oily fish like salmon and unseasoned nuts. When cooking use healthy fats such as olive oil.

If you don’t know how bad sugar is for your skin, then you’ve been living under a rock in mars!

When the sugar spikes your blood sugar levels the body responds by producing more insulin, which encourages the glands to produce more oil and heightens the risk of developing acne and larger pores.

Limit your consumption of refined sugars and consume natural sugars in moderation. Be wary of processed foods that claim to be low in sugar as they will often contain for sodium/salt or fat to compensate!

All of the food items that we have mentioned should be avoided or consumed in moderation. In addition, we suggest your curb the sodium and alcohol as they both dehydrate the skin.

Results from diet changes won’t be visible immediately but you should start to see a different in about 4 to 6 weeks.
One thing you need more of? WATER!! Read the importance of water here and here, so important, we wrote two blogs about it!

Read our other food related blogs:
Foods MEN should avoid can be found here
Dry skin? Try these foods
Want glowing skin? Read our top five tips here
Plump up the skin and boost collagen by including these foods in your diet

To make an appointment with our wellness expert or dermal therapists:
Wellness expert, Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Dermal Therapists: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]