10 ways to minimize open pores

One of the major problems afflicting many women is large pores on the face. Adding to the woes is the pollution and grime that gets collected in them. While we blame it on our genes and oily skin, there are some ways in which we can deal with large pores with some simple home remedies. While it will not totally eliminate open pores, it will certainly reduce the size of the pores. The first step towards minimizing pore size is to remove all the bacteria and oil that is accumulated in the pores.


Face Steaming

Steam your face well twice a week. You might argue that this opens up pores even more. The idea is, to open them up and clean them thoroughly after steaming. That way, all the dirt and oil settled inside your pores will be gone. Then apply some rose water or any toner of your choice to seal the pores. This way, the discoloration caused by clogged pores will be removed and your pores won’t be evidently visible.

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Honey, sugar and lemon scrub:

honey lemon face mask

This scrub will again help in clearing up the build-up inside the pores. Mix 1 tsp of honey and lemon juice with a tsp of brown or white sugar. Scrub it well on damp face. This will clean up the pores and give you clear skin. The lemon will help control oil production while the honey will act as a moisturizer. Now use a toner after rinsing your face with cold water.

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Papaya mask:

Papaya Health Benefits

Papaya is an amazing exfoliator. The next time you cut up a papaya, save a few pieces for your face. Mash them into a paste. Apply the mask on your face and leave for ten minutes. Wash it off with cold water. This not only exfoliates, but also helps in getting rid of blackheads.

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Lemon juice:

lemon juice

Lemon juice naturally helps shrink pores. Simply apply the juice of half a lime on your face with some cotton and leave for ten minutes. This will also regulate the sebum that is produced by the skin- one of the major causes of clogged pores.

Clay mask:

Multani Mitti

Multani mitti or fuller’s earth is known for its property of minimizing the pore size. After cleansing your scrubbing your face, apply the cool mask of multani mitti mixed with some rose water on the face. Leave it until it dries. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry. Repeat this every week for a visible reduction of pores.

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Ice magic:

If you want instant reduction of pores in record time, simply run an ice cube along your face. Ice cube works magic and shrinks pores immediately. Allow it to naturally dry and then start applying your daily makeup.

Along the same lines, splash your face with really cold water whenever you feel that your pores seem too big. This is an easy and a sure-fire way to constrict pores.

Corn flour:

Corn flour helps absorb water and is used to thicken gravies. We use the same property of corn flour to absorb excess oil and help shrink pores. Simply mix 1 tsp of corn flour with a few drops of honey and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply all over the face to get super tight skin.

Egg white:

Egg whites for Puffy eyes

Egg white naturally dries out skin. This helps in shrinking pores and makes them appear smaller. Simply apply some egg white on the face and leave it for ten minutes before washing.

Oatmeal scrub:

oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal is a wonderful skin exfoliator. It also helps in shrinking pores. Simply mix a tsp of oatmeal powder with some water or rose water and scrub your face with it. Leave the mixture on the face for ten minutes before rinsing with cold water.


Honey yoghurt mask

The lactic acid in yoghurt helps reduce pore size. Yoghurt being easily available in all our homes makes for a quick fix solution for large pores. Massage two tsp of yoghurt into the skin and leave it for ten minutes. First wash with warm water, to get rid of the oiliness followed by cold water.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.