We need our pores. You wouldn’t be able to sweat and eliminate excess oils otherwise. So, if you’re not happy with yours, you can’t just make them disappear. Also, people with oily and mixed skin types are more likely to have visible pores. You can, however, make them smaller and less eye-catching. There are natural remedies to minimize and shrink your pores. Don’t try them all at once or you might exhaust your skin further. Start with one, and see how it goes. If you’re not pleased with the results, you can then give another one a go.
Before you Start with The Treatment to Shrink your Pores
Keep your hands clean and wash them before touching your face.
Touch and pick your face as little as possible or you’ll additionally burden it with natural oils and dirt from your palms.
Use good quality ingredients to give your skin the maximum level of nourishment and care.
Don’t overdo it or you might end up irritating your skin.
Have everything within reach for your natural treatment. Allow enough time, so you can relax and do it properly.
8 Best Natural Remedies to Shrink your Pores
Ice tightens the skin and shrinks pores. This remedy not only improves your skin’s appearance, but it also invigorates you.
Rub ice against your skin for 10 to 20 seconds. To make it less messy, you can wrap a few cubes in a clean cloth and hold it against your skin. Do this a few times daily.
Alternatively, you can wash your face with very cold water. Do this in the morning and evening, but don’t over-wash. More is not always better and too much washing can irritate the skin.
2. Plain Yogurt Mask
Natural yogurt contains probiotics and lactic bacteria, which help keep the bad bacteria that causes acne in check, therefore reducing the appearance of pore size. It’s also a good cleanser that will help clear and dissolve impurities in your pores.
Stir the yogurt well and then apply a thin layer on your face.
Leave on for a maximum of 10 minutes.
Rinse off with cool water.
Repeat this once or twice a week.
Yogurt is also one of the ingredients in my face mask recipe for glowing skin and is also one of the ingredients in my homemade facial cleansers.
3. Baking Soda Exfoliation
Baking soda will balance the pH of your skin and remove dirty particles from the surface of your face. If your skin is very sensitive, be careful when applying baking soda as it may cause irritation. Try a small area first and then proceed.
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of warm water, so you create a paste.
Apply the mixture on your face using circular motions and massage gently.
After 30 seconds, rinse the paste off with cool water.
Repeat the treatment every day for 7 days and then reduce the frequency to 3 to 5 times a week.
There are other 7 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine and you can also use it to fight cold and flu.
4. Egg Whites and Lemon Juice
Egg whites are known to tighten the skin and draw out excess oil, improving the condition of oily skin. Lemons are extremely versatile and can be used in many ways to enhance your health.
Whisk two egg whites.
Add the juice of half a lemon.
Apply the mix on your face and leave it on until it dries.
Rinse off with cool water.
Re-apply a few times a week.
You can also make a scrub by adding some oatmeal to the mix. Use an egg white and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and oatmeal each. Leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and then perform a gentle scrub.
5. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Take advantage of the ACV’s abundant health benefits. Apply this natural pH balancer and a potent anti-microbial and anti-bacterial remedy that will pick up your skin’s co Mix ACV and water in 1:1 ratio.
Apply the solution on your face using a cotton ball.
Leave for a few minutes and then rinse it off.
You can use this treatment every evening before going to bed. As ACV dries the skin, follow the soak with a gentle moisturizer.
You can find more information about the amazing health benefits of ACV and how to use it to treat skin problems in my article why you should use ACV to wash your face.
6. Cucumber juice
Cucumber is a natural astringent and shrinks open pores. It also refreshes the skin and gives it a new glow.
Extract the juice of one fresh cucumber (you can first grate it and squeeze out the juice or use a juicer).
Apply the juice on your skin with a cotton ball.
Let it work for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
Cucumber is also one of the ingredients in my recipe for soothing gel for tired eyes.
7. Clay mask
Clay is naturally occurring earthy substance has the ability to absorb impurities from fats and oils. There are several types of clay such as Fuller’s earth, green clay, white clay (kaolin) and bentonite clay, and you can read more about them in my article how to use clay for body detox and great skin.
Mix two tablespoons of clay of your choice with enough water or rose water to make a smooth mud mask.
Apply the paste on your face and leave it for 20 minutes, so it gets dry.
Scrub the mud off gently using cool water.
Repeat the mask once or twice weekly.
8. Sugar lemon scrub
This is another home scrub that will exfoliate your skin, remove dirt and make your pores smaller.
Mix two tablespoons of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Apply it on your skin and gently massage for 20 to 30 seconds.
Wash off with cool water.
Apply once or twice a week.
More Tips for Minimizing Large Pores
Eat healthy and avoid processed foods that can inflame your skin and clog pores. Embrace a diet full of fruits and veggies and give unhealthy fats and oils a wide berth.
Always remove make-up before going to bed.
Don’t use oil-based skin products. Also, go for products that are ‘non-comedogenic’ (check the label), which means they won’t clog pores. If they contain zinc and magnesium, they’ll further reduce the size of your pores as these two act in a cleansing way.
Don’t overly expose yourself to the sun. Use a good quality sunscreen and wear a hat. The sun is also one of the top 10 causes for premature aging of your face.
Enjoy a home facial steam once a week to open the pores and sweat out impurities.
You can also rejuvenate your skin using oil cleansing method.