One of the major problems afflicting many women is having large pores dotted all over the face. It feels awful to see such imperfections on your face. Adding to the woes is the pollution and grime that gets collected in them. After that, they evolve into pimples or worse, acne. While we blame it on our genes and oily skin, there are some ways in which we can deal with large pores using simple home remedies.
Before we learn about that, we should understand what pores are and what causes them.
What are Pores?
Pores are small openings in the skin surface through which gas, liquids, and other microscopic materials pass. These small openings are present in all skin types. However some have larger and more visible pores than others.
What causes large pores?
This can be caused by genetics. How we look is largely based on genetics and our skin type is based on genetics too. Another cause is due to our environment. Those living in humid areas, in the tropics or in warm countries, usually have large pores. This is because the heat expands our skin and in turn, expands our pores.
Another cause for large pores is the build up of oil, sweat, and dirt. Small pores can grow larger if not properly cleansed and this can lead to build up of all those nasty things, and eventually leading to skin problems such as acne and blackheads. This is also why large pores goes hand in hand with pimples and oily skin.
Having large pores sound like a lot of trouble and many women seek products that close pores. Unfortunately, those products are a myth. Once you have them, they’re there for life. What you can do is to minimize the pores and properly cleanse them so they won’t turn into worse skin problems. Here, we will be going through different ways on how to minimize pores.
Home Remedies to Shrink Open Pores Naturally
The first step towards minimizing pore size is to remove all the bacteria and oil that is accumulated in the pores. Here’s 10 ways to minimize open pores. Read more.
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. Wash off your cleanser with cold water then apply 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 will be less visible. This method will also help minimize pore size and get rid of acne.
2. Honey, sugar and lemon scrub:
This scrub will again help in clearing the build-up inside the pores. Before starting, you must cleanse your face. To make the scrub, mix 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of brown or white sugar until it forms a paste. Massage it well on damp face for 5 minutes. Then leave it on for 30 minutes then rinse with cold water. This will clean up the pores and give you clear skin. It will also help remove blackheads. The lemon will help control oil production while the honey will act as a moisturizer. Finish up with a toner and moisturizer.
3. Papaya mask:
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. Papaya is also known for its whitening effect and contains potent antioxidants.
4. Lemon juice:
Lemon juice naturally helps shrink pores. It is also a natural source of vitamin C which helps whiten the skin and give it a healthy glow. Simply cut the lemon in half then apply on your face using cotton. Leave it on for ten minutes then wash off. This can also help regulate the sebum produced by the skin- one of the major causes of clogged pores.
5. Clay mask:
Multani mitti or fuller’s earth is known for minimizing pore size and is widely utilized by spas and skin clinics. After cleansing and scrubbing your face, apply the cool mask of multani mitti mixed with rose water on the face. Leave it until it dries. While wearing the clay mask, you will feel your pores tightening. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry. Repeat this every week for visible reduction of pores.
6. Ice magic:
This is probably the easiest and most cost-effective method. 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 because of its cold temperature. 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 or your face is getting oily. This is an easy and a sure-fire way to constrict pores.
7. 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 teaspoon of corn flour with a few drops of honey and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply all over cleansed face. With this mask on, you will feel your skin is getting tightened, which is a sign that your pores are shrinking. Wash the mask off after 15-30 minutes and follow up with a mild non-drying toner and moisturizer.
8. Egg white:
Egg white naturally tightens skin. This helps in shrinking pores and makes them appear smaller. Simply crack an egg open, then separate egg white from yolk. Apply the egg white on cleansed face and leave it for ten minutes before washing it off. Make sure to apply moisturizer afterwards. For any treatment or facial mask that tightens skin, a good moisturizer is essential to help your skin feel hydrated after the tight feeling.
9. Oatmeal scrub:
Oatmeal is a wonderful skin exfoliator. It also helps in shrinking pores. Moreover, it’s readily available in grocery stores and is very affordable. Simply mix a teaspoon of oatmeal powder with enough water or rose water to make a thick paste and scrub your face with it. Leave the mixture on the face for ten minutes before rinsing with cold water.
The lactic acid in yoghurt helps reduce pore size. Yoghurt, being easily available in all our homes, is a quick fix solution for large pores. Massage two teaspoons of yoghurt into the skin and leave it for ten minutes. First wash with warm water, to get rid of the oiliness, then follow with cold water to close the pores and seal in the moisture.
Follow the beauty regimen above and achieve healthy skin after a few months. Just because you have large pores, doesn’t mean you can’t be beautiful.