Large pores or open pores are a common skin problem that does not always require immediate medical assistance but is more of an aesthetical issue.
Large pores mainly appear on the cheeks, nose, and forehead areas. It depends on a person’s skin type and condition that these pores may or may not be visible.
Why Pores Becomes Large and visible?
Every person has pores in his/her skin because our skin has hair and its roots create pores in the skin, but enlarged pores are mainly observed in oily skin type people because of the following reason.
There is a gland known as the sebaceous gland which is situated beneath the skin and is responsible to generate sebum or oil.
Sebum or oil has been generated by the sebaceous gland to moisturize the skin.
This sebum first appears in the pores and then it travels further to come on the skin.
Our pores become enlarged when either this sebum gets stuck inside the pores or the sebaceous gland produces more oil than required.
Also, if oil remains stuck in pores for a longer time, it can cause other skin problems such as acne, pimples, blackheads, etc.
Moreover, certain other criteria also lead to open pores such as aging and sun damage.
How To Reduce Large Pores?
The best way to reduce large pores is by removing the oil residing in them. To do so, you can use a deep facial cleanser, an ice pack, and then a clay mask.
But there is one catch, most of the face washes that come in the market for acne-prone skin are very harsh and alkaline.
They temporarily remove oil from the skin but make the skin dry which triggers the sebaceous gland to produce even more oil.
Such hyperactive sebaceous gland leads to visibly larger pores.
This is why I recommend opting for natural remedies to reduce the appearance of large pores and make skin even and smooth.
In this article, I am going to share with you some of the simple home remedies to reduce the appearance of large pores.
Disclaimer: Remedies in this article are made up of natural ingredients which may or may not be suitable for your skin. Therefore, I recommend taking a patch test beforehand. Furthermore, every person’s skin is different and reacts differently to the treatment, hence the result may take less or more time.
Now that you know all about enlarged pores, now let’s move on to the home remedies to reduce large pores on the skin.
Home Remedies To Cure Open Pores
1. Aloe vera:
Aloe vera shrinks down the pores and makes the skin cleaner and softer. It also nourishes the skin and kills any bacterias developed inside the pores. Regular application of aloe vera gel not only reduces the appearance of enlarged pores but also makes your skin acne and pimple-free.
Massage aloe vera gel during bedtime and wash in the morning.
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2. Egg white
Egg white is used to tighten the skin and is the holy grail remedy for aging skin. As we have discussed above the large pores can also appear because of aging, egg mask tighten the skin and make the pores look smaller.
Apply egg white directly on the skin and wash after 10 minutes. Repeat once a week to get the best results.
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3. Lemon tighten skin and unclog pores
Lemon juice tightens the skin and unclogs the pores at the same time. However, you should never use lemon juice directly on the face as it can irritate your skin.
Mix lemon juice in another fluid such as rose water or glycerine and apply it to the skin and rinse after 15 minutes.
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Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that kill bacteria and cure inflammations. Thus, reduces open pores. Mix a small amount of turmeric in milk and apply it on the face, then rinse after 15 minutes.
It is a natural astringent which reduces the size of pores when applied directly to the skin. Simply, cut the tomato in half and massage it over open pores, then leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with plain water.
6. Clay mask
While any clay mask will work to shrink down the pores, bentonite clay has special astringent properties that tighten the skin and minimize the appearance of pores.
Apply the bentonite clay mask on the face and rinse after 10 minutes.
7. Green tea
Green tea is infused with various skin-soothing properties especially EGCG ( Epigallocatechin) which breaks down the cycle of oil built up and acne formation.
You can use green tea by making ice cubes from it and massaging on your skin or you can utilize a used green tea bag on open pores by placing it on the affected area for 10 minutes.
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8. Rose water
We all know that rose water is a natural toner that cleanses the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores.
Just put some rose water on a cotton pad and apply it evenly on cleansed skin. Follow by moisturizer.
Make sure to use 100% pure rosewater which is not adulterated by other harmful chemicals. One of the best and cheap rosewater available in India is Diya Patanjali Gulabjal.
120 ml of Patanjali Gulab Jal retails for only 35 rs, and when you see its ingredients list, you will find that it contains nothing but only pure rosewater
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9. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many miraculous abilities to shrink down the open pores by balancing the pH of the skin. The pH of healthy skin ranges between 4.8-6.0 which is slightly acidic.
When external conditions disturb the pH level and make it alkaline, various problems emerge such as acne, breakouts, etc. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH of the skin and allows pores to shrink down.
Dilute 1 tablespoon of ACV in water and use it to wash your face.
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Papaya is another ingredient that deeply cleans the clogged pores, making them look smaller.
Mash some ripe papaya in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of honey to it. Apply it on your face and rinse after 10 minutes.
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Cucumber is a boon for oily skin as it soothes the skin and cures inflammation. It hydrates the skin and shrinks down the open pores.
Simply cut a slice of a cucumber and place it on the open pores for 10 minutes.
Besan is a holy grain item for oily skin people. It not only gently exfoliates the skin but also cleans it deeply from within without striping out the essential oil from the skin.
Besan can be used as a face mask by adding a pinch of turmeric and rose water. Apply the paste on the face and wash after 5-6 minutes by massaging in a circular motion.