Open or large pores on the skin, especially the face and nose, is an aesthetic concern for many people. Also, open pores increase your susceptibility to acne, skin irritations, and blackheads especially if you have an oily skin.
Factors that could increase your chances of having open pores include; stress, genetics, age, prolonged sun exposure and poor skin hygiene and skin care.
There are several natural ways to close open and large pores. However, before you start any natural skin treatment bear the following in mind;
- Strive to keep your hands clean, by washing them, when applying any natural remedy.
- Avoid touching your face often. Give the natural remedy some time to set.
- Avoid applying the natural remedies often as this could overtly dry and irritate the skin.
- If possible, select wholesome and fresh ingredients, fruits and virgin oils for your natural treatment.
Below are 35 home remedies and natural ways to close open or large pores in order to have a smooth skin;
Cucumber is an excellent remedy for open pores in your skin. Its silica content tightens the pores making your skin look smooth and supple. Cucumber also nourishes the skin to make it more youthful. Mix some cucumber juice and lemon juice to make a mask. Rub this mask over the open pores with the help of a cotton ball. Let it stay on your skin for 15-20 minutes and wash with cold water thereafter.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is known to keep your skin clean and well nourished. The gel cleans away the excess oil and dirt that tend to clog the pores. It also helps in reducing pore size and provides a smooth skin with regular use. Extract some aloe vera gel from fresh aloe leaves and use it to massage your skin for 5-7 minutes. Leave it on your skin for another 10 minutes and wash with cold water thereafter.
3. Banana Peel
Banana peel is crammed with lutein, an antioxidant, that helps in nourishing the skin. It also contains potassium which is great for a smooth and flawless skin. Just use the peel to rub against your skin in a gentle circular motion. Let your skin absorb the beneficial nutrients for 15 minutes. Then, wash with water and pat dry. For faster results, try this remedy every alternate day.
4. Olive Oil
Olive oil is not only great for reducing enlarged pores but is an excellent moisturizer for the skin. The anti-inflammatory property of the oil is due to the phenolic compounds present in it. Olive oil also boosts the skin with antioxidants and makes the skin problem-free. Just dab some extra virgin olive oil, and massage, on your skin. Use a circular motion to let the oil completely absorb into your skin. Use lukewarm water to rinse it off your skin after about 15 minutes.
5. Fruit Pulp
Fruits are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that nourish the skin, reduce pore size and provide a long-lasting radiance. Take the pulp of strawberry, papaya, watermelon, grapes, pineapple, and orange and mix well. Spread this pulp on your skin and leave it for some time. Then, wash off with water for a soft, smooth and supple skin.
6. Sugar Scrub
A sugar scrub can be easily made at home using natural ingredients to keep your skin pores clean. The scrub helps in removing excess oil from the skin to make it breathe. Mix one tablespoon each of brown sugar, honey and lemon juice. Wash your skin with water and use the scrub to exfoliate all the impurities. Wash off with warm water to attain a youthful and radiant skin.
Yogurt has a high amount of lactic acid that works well in tightening the skin. Lactic acid also exfoliates the skin in a mild way to remove the dead skin cells. Yogurt is also helpful in reducing blemishes from the skin. Take one tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt and apply it evenly on your face and neck. Allow it to sit on your skin for 15-20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water thereafter. Doing this two times every week will provide you tightened and beautiful skin.
8. Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti)
Fuller’s earth is a clay that has an excellent property to absorb oil and dirt from open pores as well as exfoliate the dead skin cells. When used on a regular basis, it tightens your skin pores. Fuller’s earth is also useful in reducing sun damage on the skin. Take two tablespoons of this ingredient and add rose water to make a thick paste. Apply this paste to your face and neck with the help of a brush. After 20 minutes, scrub it off and wash your face with cold water.
Turmeric reduces skin inflammation by killing the bacteria thriving in the pores. It also reduces swelling around the pores and minimizes its size. Take 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder and mix it with water to form a paste. Apply it to your skin and leave it for 10-12 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water thereafter.
10. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has a similar consistency as that of the skin’s natural oil. It deep cleans the pores by dissolving the impurities and dirt within the pores. You may use the oil to gently massage on your face and neck area before going to bed and leave it overnight. It will reduce pore size, smoothen out the skin and reduce dryness in an excellent way.
11. Baking Soda
If you have acne or pimples on your skin, this remedy is going to work in a fantastic way to help you get rid of skin problems. Baking soda acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent that helps in soothing irritated skin. It also balances the skin’s pH and exfoliates the skin in a gentle way to get rid of dead skin cells and other deposited impurities. Mix some baking soda with warm water to make a thick paste. Apply it immediately to your face while massaging it in a circular motion. Wash your skin thoroughly with cool water thereafter.
12. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil tones the skin and minimizes the pore size. The antimicrobial properties present in the oil reduces acne and pimples in a natural way. Make a handy spray by mixing a little tea tree oil in a cup of water. Fill a spray bottle with the solution and store it in the refrigerator. Spritz the cool homemade toner after washing your face for a cleansing and tightening effect.
Lemon act as a great astringent which helps in tightening open pores. It also unclogs the pores and reduces the chances of acne and pimples. The acidic nature of lemon helps in removing excess oil and impurities from the skin’s surface and pores. Dilute some lemon juice with equal amounts of water. Now dip a cotton ball in it and dab the moist cotton ball gently on your face, especially near the pores. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash off thereafter. Using lemon juice on a regular basis also helps in getting rid of blackheads from your skin.
Honey has a high medicinal value which is beneficial for the skin. This natural ingredient acts as an antibacterial agent that helps in killing the bacteria thriving in the pores of the skin. As it keeps your pores clean, it also helps in minimizing their size in an effective way. Take some honey in a bowl and apply it on your face, especially around the nose where the pores are usually enlarged. Use a clean brush to evenly apply the honey. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse your face thoroughly with cool water thereafter.
Tomatoes are great for the skin and can help you shrink your pore size in an easy way due to one of its active ingredients called lycopene. Also, the acidic nature of tomatoes balances the natural oils of the skin and maintains its tightness. Extract the pulp of a tomato and mix it with a little honey. Mix well and spread this mixture on your face with the help of a soft brush. Let it dry completely. Wash your face, thereafter, and notice the texture difference of your skin.
16. Argan Oil
Argan oil helps in dealing with many skin issues including large pores. It has a high amount of vitamin E and fatty acids that have a smoothening effect on the skin. Use warm argan oil to massage your skin and leave it on your skin for some time. Rinse off any excess oil with lukewarm water and enjoy a well-hydrated younger looking skin.
Oatmeal works as an exfoliator and helps in absorbing the excess oils that tend to clog the pores and enlarge them. Oat also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritated and dry skins. To reduce the pore size, mix two tablespoon oatmeal with equal amounts of milk powder and five tablespoons of honey. Apply it to your skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash it while scrubbing your face.
18. Milk Of Magnesia
Apply some milk of magnesia directly on your skin. It will draw oils and impurities from your skin and shrink the pore size in an incredible way. Leave the milk of magnesia on your skin until it dries or for 15-20 minutes and wash off with cold water thereafter.
Sandalwood is suitable for all skin types and helps in shrinking pore size. Mix a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and an equal amount of turmeric powder together. Also, add a little almond oil to it. Apply this mask to your face and leave it for 20-25 minutes. Wash off with normal water and pat dry.
20. Raw Milk
Apart from cleansing the skin, raw milk helps in tightening the pores in a natural way. Just apply raw milk, with the help of a cotton ball, on your skin and let it sit on your skin until dry. Then, Wash it off with cool water to experience a tightening effect instantly.
21. Ice Cubes
Take a clean washcloth and wrap some ice cubes in it. Hold it on your skin near the enlarged pores for a few seconds. This will increase the blood circulation of the skin and instantly shrink the pores. You may also freeze water mixed with cucumber juice, green tea, and rose water to make ice cubes and apply directly to the skin for increased benefits.
22. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is another natural ingredient with astringent properties. It does not dry out your skin but makes your skin appear well nourished and supple while reducing pore size. Witch hazel also helps in keeping your skin clean and free from oil, dirt, and impurities that tend to clog pores. Take a teaspoon of witch hazel oil and dip a cotton ball in it. Now apply it all over your face. Once it is completely dry, you may wash your face.
23. Egg Whites
Egg whites are one of the best home remedies to shrink large pores in your chin and nose. It also removes impurities from the surface of the skin and draws out excess oil from the pores. Take the white of an egg and whisk it. Apply it to your face using a soft brush. Let it completely dry. You may also cover your face with small pieces of tissue paper just after applying the whisked egg. As it dries, you can peel off the paper for a fresh looking skin.
24. Cosmetic Clay
Cosmetic clay like bentonite or kaolin works in a similar way as fuller’s earth. Hence, any of these can be used to shrink enlarged pores. Cosmetic clay draws excess oil and dirt from the pores to keep it clean and reduce its size. Mix 2 teaspoon of the clay with milk or rose water to make a thick paste. Spread this mask on your face and leave it to dry. Wash it off with water thereafter.
25. Gram Flour
The gram flour, also know as besan or chickpea flour, helps in exfoliating the skin and tightening open pores in an effective way. Mix equal parts of gram flour, turmeric powder and yogurt with a little olive oil. Then, use this mask on your face and let it stay for 25 minutes. Rinse with water while moving your fingertips in gentle and circular motion.
Alum can also reduce open pores from your face in a mild way. Take some warm water and add a pinch of alum in it. Mix well and dab this solution on your pores with the help of a cotton ball. You will notice your pores shrinking naturally.
Chamomile is another great ingredient for shrinking the skin pores. Mix it with the pulp of tomato and apply it on your skin. Leave it until it dries off and wash your face using cold water thereafter.
Rosewater is an excellent remedy for skin problems including enlarged pores. It helps in balancing the natural oils of the skin while soothing excessively dry skin. It also cleanses the skin and purifies it. The anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater help in soothing inflammation. It acts as a natural astringent to reduce pore size. Apply rose water on a cotton ball and dab on your face for a smooth, refreshing and radiant skin.
Catechu prevents enlargements of the pores and keeps your skin looking flawless. If you have a dry skin, mix catechu with milk but if you have an oily skin mix it with rose water. Also, add sandalwood powder to make a fine paste. Apply it to your skin and let it stay for 12-15 minutes. Wash off, as usual, with cold water.
Steam helps in unclogging the pores and getting rid of impurities, oils, and dirt that make them large. Clean your face thoroughly and use steam to get rid of the clogged pores. Once your pores get cleaned, wash your face with cold water to instantly reduce the pores’ appearance.
Crush enough almonds to apply on your skin to reduce the pore size. Let it sit on your skin for at least 2 minutes. Wash it with cold water, thereafter, and moisturize your skin.
Mint also helps in shrinking the open and enlarged pores present on the skin. Mix 2 teaspoons of mint juice with equal amounts of watermelon juice and use a cotton ball, dipped in it, to dab the solution on your skin. Let it stay for a few minutes and wash it with water. With regular use, you will notice reduced pore size and a smooth skin.
Fenugreek is also an effective remedy for minimizing open pores. Take equal amount of fenugreek powder, ginger paste and cucumber paste and mix well. Spread this mask on your entire face and let it do its work for 10-20 minutes. Wash your face thoroughly with plain water thereafter. Fenugreek would help in shrinking the pores for a long time.
Buttermilk has astringent properties that help in reducing the enlarged pore size in an effective way. Using it regularly will smoothen out the skin and reduce skin problems. Just take a half cup of the buttermilk and add a pinch of salt to it. Mix well to dissolve the salt in it. Apply the solution on your face using a cotton ball. Then leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off, thereafter, with lukewarm water followed by cold water to see the difference.
35. Lettuce Leaves
Extract some juice of lettuce leaves and mix it with a little lemon juice. Apply it on your skin with the help of a cotton ball. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash your face with water thereafter. Using lettuce juice on a regular basis will minimize the pore size. Lettuce juice is also beneficial in keeping pimples and acne at a bay.
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