Large Skin Pores
Your skin is fully covered in pores. These tiny holes are on the skin of your face, arms, legs, and everywhere else on your body.
Pores serve a vital function. They allow sweat and oil to escape through your skin, allow you to cool and keep your skin healthy.
Pores are also openings of the hair follicles. Even though pores are very important, some people don't like their appearance, especially on areas of the body where they are very much noticeable, specifically on the nose and forehead.
There’s no method — and no reason — to close the pores on your face completely. But there are certain methods to make them appear less noticeable on your skin.
Though there are a few products on the market that may help you deal with this problem, using a natural pore cleanser can ensure that your skin is not getting exposed to certain harsh chemicals, which can make your enlarged pores seem even larger.
8 Remedies to Treat Large Skin Pores
So, here are a few home remedies that you can try to shrink your large pores:
- Ice cubes
Applying ice cubes to the skin is one of the most effective methods to get rid of large pores. Ice has a tightening effect on the skin and that helps to shrink the large pores. This simple remedy is a great hack to apply ice on your face before using makeup. It also improves your skin health by increasing the blood circulation in your face.
For this, put some ice cubes in a washcloth and apply them to your skin for a few seconds. You can also wash your face with ice-cold water if you don't want to use ice.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural skin toner which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which help treat acne breakouts. More significantly, it restores the pH balance of the skin and tightens the skin by minimising the large pores.
Mix a tsp of apple cider vinegar with two tsp of water. Soak a cotton ball in the mix and apply it properly to your face. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes before you rinse it off. Make sure you moisturize your skin as usual.
- Egg whites
Egg whites can help you in toning and tightening your skin, which in turn will shrink the large pores and also help to get rid of excessive oil. To make this super easy peel-off mask, separate the egg white from the yolk and whisk it well. Spread it all over your face evenly covering your face with pieces of tissue, letting the egg whites act like glue. After some time when it is completely dry, peel the tissue paper off. If you want you can also rinse it off with water. Do this two times a week.
- Sugar scrub
Sugar is an amazing exfoliation for the skin, removing excess oil from the pores. In fact, using a sugar scrub can minimise the pore size.
Just cut a lemon in half, and put some sugar on it. Rub it on your full face and let the juice with sugar crystals stay on your skin for 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
- Baking soda
Baking soda aids in balancing the pH levels of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help in reducing acne and pimples.
Just add two tbsp of baking soda to two tbsp of lukewarm water and apply the mixture to your face by massaging it in circular motions. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse it with cold water. Do this 3-4 times a week to get the desired results.
- Multani mitti
Multani Mitti (Fuller's earth) exfoliates the skin and absorbs excessive oil from the skin easily. Mix it with a tsp of rose water and apply the paste evenly on your face. When it dries completely, rub it in a circular motion with a little water to scrub everything off. Rinse your face properly with cold water after scrubbing it.
- Tomato scrub
Due to its astringent properties, tomato eradicates excess oil, tightens the skin, and minimises the size of large pores. Rich in lycopene and antioxidants—tomatoes can really slow down the ageing process of the skin.
A tbsp of tomato juice mixed with 3-4 drops of lemon juice is needed to make the masque. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for approx 20 minutes and wash it off with cool water.
- Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel aids in moisturizing the skin, along with unclogging and shrinking large pores. Apply some fresh aloe vera gel to your pores and massage for a few minutes. Leave it for approx 10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Do it daily for the best and quick results.
How to Prevent Open Pores?
Although you can't alter your genes or your age, you can adopt a good skincare routine that minimises the appearance of open pores.
- Keep your skin clean with daily exfoliation.
- Wear sunscreen daily to have sun protection.
- Make sure the products you use are non-comedogenic and won't clog your pores.
- Even if your skin is oily, always moisturise it with the moisturiser made for oily skin.
- Use collagen-boosting products that contain antioxidants.
There are a lot of products and home remedies regarding how to minimize large visible pores that claim to help you with your pores to appear smaller. The key to finding what works for you may depend on what causes your pores to appear enlarged.
Some treatments might work better than others, so experiment a bit till you find what works for your skin.
Remember that having pores and producing sweat are perfectly natural processes and necessary for your body to function.