A lot of people get confused when it comes to understanding the difference between large pores and acne scars. They often tend to take the wrong treatment and end up getting frustrated as the treatment does not prove to be effective for the actual problem. Read further to learn about the difference between large pores and acne scars.
Large Pores and Acne Scars
Enlarged pores are generally present on the skin which has increased the size of oil glands and oil production. The size of the oil glands and oil production varies from person to person as it is controlled by hormones, especially estrogen. However, they can be present anywhere, but, they are generally present near the nose, face, facial skin etc. They are created in two ways:
1. Through aggressive squeezing of whiteheads and blackheads (squeezing stretches the pores).
2. Excessive sebum production (excessive sebum forces the pores to expand in order to release the oils).
Acne scars, on the other hand, are the scars left behind by acne. When the breakout penetrates deeply into the skin, it damages the tissue beneath it and thus, scars are formed. There are different types of acne scars. You can read about them in detail here.
Acne scars are of three types:
1. Post-inflammatory erythema
2. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
3. Atrophic scars (rolling, box, pitted scars)
They are caused when the collagen breaks down and the blood capillaries are dilated.
Large pores and acne scars are interrelated. One important fact is that enlarged pores can cause acne but acne cannot cause enlarged pores, it can only leave behind scars. They change the texture of the skin permanently leaving behind what is known as ‘acne scarring’. People with pimples are already irritated with their acne and, the scars make them feel as if they are being punished for something.
Prevent Acne Scars
So, the chart flows like:
If you want to safeguard your skin, you should first remove the blackheads or make sure that your pores remain clean. To clean the pores or contract them, you should apply the mixture of camphor, sage and jojoba oil. You can also mix it with your moisturizer and apply it to the affected areas. Jojoba oils help in reducing the blackheads and regulates the sebum production. Cleaning your face regularly and following your exfoliation schedule will help in reducing your pore size as well. Once you have controlled your pores, your skin will be less prone to acne which will never cause acne scars and therefore, your skin will remain plain.