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Coarse skin texture can be characterised by uneven tone, enlarged pores and lack of radiance. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, regular exfoliation is vital to prevent your skin developing a coarse texture. As we age, the natural renewal process of the skin slows down, making exfoliation even more important to keep skin looking its best. Regular exfoliation is also vital to ensuring you’re gaining the maximum benefits from other products in your skincare regimen, as your other products will penetrate into the skin better.  

The cause

What causes coarse texture & enlarged pores? 

Skin cells regenerate deep within the epidermis – as new cells are formed, old skin cells migrate to the surface. Unless they are sloughed away, these old skin cells will build up on the surface of the skin in uneven patches, causing the skin to look dry and dull. The build up of dead skin cells can also lead to blocked pores and excess oil, resulting in blemishes and acne.

Enlarged pores can be caused by several factors and occur when oil and dirt collect in your skin, causing it to swell, making pores to appear larger than normal. Pores can also look enlarged due to the loss of elasticity in the skin as we age. Sun damage can contribute to this as it causes the skin to thicken and skin cells to collect around the edges of the pores, and stretches them.

Genetics may also play a part in the size of your pores, which means you’re more likely to have larger pores if your parents do and in general, males tend to have larger pores than females. 

Our Approach

How to soften coarse texture and enlarged pores

  • Exfoliation (chemical or physical) helps to remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin to reveal brighter and more refined skin underneath.
  • Exfoliation also removes surface oil and dirt built up inside your pores, which can’t be removed by cleansing. Removing this build up can help to visibly diminish the size of your pores. 
  • Book in for a consultation at your local Ultraceuticals clinic. A skin technician will thoroughly examine your skin and create a customised homecare and treatment plan to achieve your skincare goals. 
  • Protect your skin from environmental exposure every day with a UV Protective Moisturiser.

Manual Vs Chemical exfoliation

Physical exfoliates are products which contain ‘beads’ or particles that buff away dead skin cells as they move against the skin while applying to your face.

Chemical exfoliation uses enzymes or alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as lactic and salicylic acid to break down the bonds between the skin cells. The type of exfoliation that will work best for you depends on your skin type and your personal preference.

How does chemical exfoliation work?

Chemical Exfoliation

  1. AHAs (Citric & Lactic Acid) exfoliate the skin by softening the skin's intercellular bonds that bind dead cells together within compact layer of the skin. 
  2. BHA (Salicylic Acid) work to dissolve dead skin cells, clarify the complexion and decongest skin on the surface (desquamating layer).

Key Ingredient Spotlight

Ultra Even Skintone Serum Range

Each product in the Ultra Even Skintone Range contains varying levels of powerful ingredients, including alpha and beta hydroxy acids, bearberry extract, and Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) to dramatically resurface and brighten the skin tone, resulting in a more refined and clearer complexion.

Both AHAs and BHA are well documented for their outstanding exfoliating and skin hydrating abilities. The use of AHAs in skin care dates back to ancient Egyptian times with Cleopatra bathing in milk to soften her skin and the ancient Romans were also reported to use wine grapes for the same purpose. Modern cosmetic products utilise commercially fermented or synthetic sources.

To help refine skin texture, citric (found in lemons and oranges) and lactic acids (found in sour milk) exfoliate the skin by softening the intercellular bonds that bind dead cells together. Studies have also shown that AHAs are also powerful moisturisers. Salicylic acid (a BHA found in Willow Bark) works to dissolve dead skin cells, clarify the complexion and decongest skin. 

Niacinamide and Bearberry Extract are well-known skin brightening ingredients that work synergistically with AHAs and BHA to further enhance skin luminosity and radiance. 

Ultra Smoothing Pore Refiner

In 2018, we introduced Ultra Smoothing Pore Refiner,  a serum designed to visibly reduce the appearance of large pores, smooths skin's texture and improves overall skin luminosity and radiance. Discover more about Ultra Smoothing Pore Refiner here.

  • Baseline Even Skintone Serum - Real Visible Results - Before
    ZoomAfter 3 months Even Skintone Serum - Real Visible Results - After
  • Baseline Even Skintone Serum - Real Visible Results - Before 2
    ZoomAfter 3 months Even Skintone Serum - Real Visible Results - After 2

real visible results

Eight healthy panellists, between the ages of 30-50 years old with a mix of normal, combination of dry skin types were selected. They applied Even Skintone Serum once a day for three months to clean and dry skin.

All panellists used Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 during the day and didn’t apply any additional treatment products during the trial period. Amongst panellists who applied Ultra Evenskin Tone, more than 80% experienced visible improvements to their overall skin tone, refinement or the reduction of enlarged pores. 

Panellist FP (TOP) is shown here before & after applying the product for three months. The skin is visibly refined and an overall improvement in skintone has left her with smooth, clear skin.

Panellist TH (BOTTOM) is shown here before & after applying the product for three months. The skin texture is refined and improved in overall skintone leaving him with smooth, clear skin. The number and the size of the enlarged pores has significantly reduced. 

Results may vary depending on individual skin concerns. 

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