Congested Pores

Congested Pores

Congested Pores

Congested And Enlarged Pores: What Are They?

Every person’s skin is covered in tiny hairs and each hair follicle has a pore at the top of it. The hair follicle has a gland inside that produces oil, called the sebaceous gland. When the sebaceous gland releases oil, the oil rises to the top of the skin and collects in the pore. The primary causes of enlarged pores are excessive sebum (oily skin), decreased elasticity around the pore, and increased hair follicle volume which clogs the follicle. When oil collects in the pore and combines with dirt and makeup, the pore can become blocked and stretched out. Congested Pores occur as a result of the compromised flow of sebum, due to increased viscosity (thickness), as well as prolonged obstruction of the pore due to inflammation.

What Causes Congested And Enlarged Pores?

Because pores are tiny points that accommodate heavy traffic so that what’s inside can flow out, as necessary, they’re highly susceptible to congestion; especially when skin sebum is especially high viscosity (thick), or inflammation is present. Although pore size is influenced by genetics, compatible skincare, environment, stress management, and an inflammation-reducing diet support the clarity of pores by keeping excess build-up at bay, and sebum consistency moderate. Large pores may also develop due to ongoing congestion.

Who Can Experience Congested And Enlarged Pores?

Anyone can develop pore congestion, although clients prone to inflammation and/or excess oil production are more likely to develop congestion. They are also more likely to develop blackheads and whiteheads that result when pore congestion persists, raising the risk of enlarged pores.

What Are The Most Effective Treatments?

  • We Recommend:
    • Complexion Rehab
    • Radiance + Refresh
    • Radiance Micropeel
    • Antioxidants: Vitamin C, Alpha Arbutin, Astaxanthin
    • Regenerative Ingredients: Backuchiol, Vitamin A, E
    • Hydrators: Hyaluronic Acid and Tremella Mushroom
  • The Benefits:
    • Complexion Rehab: An important starting point in the treatment of both Congestion + Enlarged Pores, in that it establishes a baseline of skin wellness. Creating a healthy foundation is our first priority because anything we build on that will be more stable and yield much better, longer-lasting results. In order to evacuate congestion, detoxification is required, as well as refining the outermost layer of skin build-up and reducing deeper inflammation. Because the laser wavelengths used during Complexion Rehab have such a wide range of treatment efficacy, it’s proven to be the most efficient option for addressing congestion, effectively.
    • Radiance + Refresh: In cases where progressed inflammation is a primary concern, as, in cases of inflamed acne, Radiance + Refresh is a gentle way to bridge the gap and clear congestion without aggravating inflammation. 
    • Ablative Services: Once congestion is resolved, and we gain a better idea of what condition pores are in, we can assess size and texture, and treat that with ablative services, like Radiance Micropeel to refine and smooth. 
    • Regenerative Ingredients: Antioxidants and active hydrators can aid in minimizing congestion: Hyaluronic Acid and Tremella Mushroom have been shown to be highly effective hydrators. Antioxidants and regenerative ingredients will enhance skin efficiency, detoxify, and promote an environment in which healthy cellular turnover can occur, shedding and regenerating skin so pores can breathe and flow.

Complimentary Consults

Perhaps the most important phase of our journey together is your complimentary consultation. This is your opportunity to see what our passion for the details of your skin will look like with Illuminate as your skincare guide can look like! During this 30-45 minutes of shared exchange, we will get to know your skin in real-time, develop an appreciation for the way you care for your skin, and hopefully answer any questions you have! We are here to help you develop or expand upon your individual skincare philosophy, including best practices, care, and services! 


Illuminate Skin Therapies offers a variety of skincare solutions to address a number of challenging skin conditions. Here you can explore the skin health challenges and the effective and enhancing services we provide and the options available to achieve your most radiant and vital complexion.

Complexion Rehab
Complexion Rehab

Type of Treatment: Laser: Lifestyle-Friendly, Non-Ablative (No Downtime) $99/session Complexion Rehab is an adaptable, 8-week program that uses strategic laser therapy and the nourishing support of organic, plant-based skincare to enhan

Radiance + Refresh
Radiance + Refresh

Type of Treatment: Laser + Dermal Infusion: An Illuminate Signature adaptation, not offered anywhere else $189/session Flawlessly adapted to your skin-specifics, Radiance + Refresh detoxifies and illuminates with skin-specific Wavelengt

Radiance Micropeel
Radiance Micropeel

Type of Treatment: Laser: Ablative (Downtime-3-5 days development) $349/session As we age, cell turnover declines and radiant skin beneath is covered by degenerated tissue build-up. Illuminate’s polishing peels are administered us

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Full Service Skin Care Tailored For You

Illuminate Skin Therapies is committed to providing elevated and accessible skincare solutions to serve Calgary and the area. Our beautiful, welcoming, and relaxing skin wellness centre boasts state-of-the-art technologies, private consultation spaces, and a retail space of top-of-the-line skin care products to support our clients on their journey to vital, glowing skin. Book your Complimentary Consultation today.

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