Pores are the skin’s gateway and play an essential role in skin health.
Enlarged pores are a common concern and while we can’t completely remove pores we can help in minimising their appearance.
A pore is basically the top portion of what is known as the pilo sebaceous unit. This unit contains structures such as the hair follicle, hair, sebaceous gland, arrector pili muscle, eccrine sweat gland and apocrine sweat gland. It is a fundamental part of your skin and its health, as it secretes sebum to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair. Sebum is composed of triglycerides, wax esters, squalene and metabolites of fat cells. This wonderful concoction helps protect our skin from bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. It plays a huge part in preventing what is known in the industry as ‘epidermal water loss’, which creates dehydration and a subsequent deficiency in cell messaging and activity: in other words your skin can become dull, sallow, exhibit fine lines and become sensitized to its environment.
There are different reasons for enlarged pores. In an oily skin, the unit beneath the pore can contain a larger sebaceous gland, with more secretions creating a slightly larger opening; this is great for the skin but not appreciated aesthetically. The biggest contribution to enlarged pores is ageing and basically we lose the integrity of the skin including the area around the pore. As we accumulate sun damage it breaks down collagen and elastin fibres, the skin starts to sag and thin, and loses support. The pore looks larger because the unit underneath remains the same but the skin sags around it.
To treat enlarged pores we need to increase the thickness and quality of skin. This is done by decreasing exposure to sun through antioxidants and sunscreen, to reduce further breakdown of these collagen and elastin fibres. Diet is also a consideration in terms of antioxidant and sugar intake (carbohydrates) as this creates stiffening of these fibres.
By introducing appropriate doses of vitamin A and C to the skin topically, we can encourage the skin to increase collagen production and reduce its breakdown. Eventually the skin will thicken and ‘pad out’, reducing fine lines, scarring and pores.
Medical Grade Skincare is essential to create a healthy foundation before considering further skin treatments such as Natural Peels, Healite Therapy or IPL (all of which can be effective in reducing pore size).
We also suggest parking on Northcroft Street or Anzac Street using AT Pay & Display.
Anzac Street Carpark offers Pay & Display parking as well as monthly parking leases with casual parking from $1.
First 2 hours – $1 per hour
Hours thereafter – $2 per hour
Monday – Saturday 6pm – 8am No Charge
Sunday and Public Holidays- No Charge
Motorcycle and Mobility parking P180 – No Charge
The Central Valet drop-off point is located on the corner of Gore and Tyler Streets, opposite Takutai Square. Drive in via the entrance on Gore Street, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly valet concierge. Just leave your engine running, take your ticket and off you go. Cars dropped here will be valet parked for you at Britomart Car Park. You can retrieve your car at any time by taking your valet ticket to Britomart Car Park Reception on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane.
Valet parking is $20* for two hours (includes parking charges) $5 each additional half-hour to a daily maximum of $45 (to midnight). You just drop off your car and pick up a ticket, without the hassle of finding a parking space. It is available from 10am-8pm.