Can I stop my pores appearing much larger as I age?

Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: Can I stop my pores appearing much larger as I age?

  • Beauty director Inge van Lotringen advised a reader on the size of their pores
  • She suggests a Skin Laundry Laser and Light Carbon Peel treatment 
  • She says the treatment stimulates collagen and suppresses sebum production
  • Inge advised also looking out for ‘carbon laser facials’ which start from £200 

Q: Can anything tackle my open pores? I’m so self-conscious of them. I’m 53 and they multiply as I age!

A: Unfortunately, as your natural collagen and elastin stores deplete, pores slacken and look bigger.

So, apart from controlling oil production and clearing out anything that plugs pores (and shows up as blackheads, which, despite what people think, can afflict you at any age), you want to recover some of your skin’s elasticity.

An anonymous reader asked beauty expert Inge van Lotringen for advice on reducing the size of their pores (file image) 

One treatment that addresses all of this is Skin Laundry Laser and Light Carbon Peel (£110, libertylondon.com). A charcoal gel is applied that attracts and absorbs the dirt, sebum and dead skin cells that clog up your pores.

Next, a laser gets passed over the skin. Attracted to anything dark, its energy generates a superficial heat reaction in the charcoal-covered skin, pulverising the grime (you’ll feel tiny, hot snaps) and also penetrating deep enough to stimulate collagen and suppress sebum production.


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This is followed by IPL (intense pulsed light treatment), another form of warm, ‘snappy’-feeling light, which kills bacteria and quells inflammation. After 30 minutes, you emerge looking brighter and, with regular treatment, pores will be refined.

Also look for ‘carbon laser facials’, which don’t include IPL, but use a stronger, faster laser, and start from roughly £200. 

Inge van Lotringen (pictured) advised the reader to try either a Skin Laundry Laser and Light Carbon Peel or ‘carbon laser facial’

Ingeborg van Lotringen is beauty director at Cosmopolitan. Email questions to [email protected]

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