Acne, Medical Dermatology

What is the difference between acne scars & large pores?

Taking care of our skin is an essential part of staying healthy. However most of the time, we don’t exactly understand what our skin wants or needs. Therefore we unknowingly use the incorrect products and skincare regime that best suits each individual’s needs.

Aside from knowing what your skin needs, it is imperative that we also educate and drive knowledge on common misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to taking care of your skin.

One of the major uncertainties comes with understanding the difference between acne scars and large pores.

All of us have pores on our skin that help in releasing toxins from our body through perspiration and keep the skin supple and soft. Generally, people with acne-prone, oily, and combination skin experience large pores. There can be various reasons and conditions for getting large pores on the skin. Some of which are listed below –

  1. Excessive Sebum production
  2. Comedogenic skincare products
  3. Sun damage
  4. Squeezing whiteheads and blackheads
  5. Makeup application

Firstly, it’s important that we understand what acne scars are and what causes them. Acne scars are shallow and deep depressions on the skin that appear after a severe acne breakout. This type of scar is caused when the dermis is damaged during an acne infection. In response to damage, our body makes collagen fibres around the area of infection. Although new skin tissue can have imbalanced levels of collagen, that ultimately causes scars.

The confusion between large pores and acne is common because they are closely interrelated. The major difference is that large pores are caused by excessive production of sebum. Whereas acne cannot lead to large pores.

There are a few common ways to treat acne scars and large pores. Both of which help in enhancing the appearance of the skin. Two ways to treat are micro-needling and laser rejuvenation.

Contact our practice to set up a consultation to see what is the best route to address your skin concerns.