Open or large pores on the skin are a beauty concern for many and can also contribute to problems like acne and blackheads, especially for people with oily skin.
Excess sebum, along with dirt and bacteria, tends to clog the pores. To make matters worse, blackheads tend to make pores more visible and look even larger.
Prolonged sun exposure can contribute to open pores because it damages the collagen, thereby reducing the elasticity of the walls of the pore canals.
Similarly, open pores worsen with increasing age as the skin loses elasticity. Genetics, stress, and a poor skin care routine also contribute to open pores.
Though there are several cosmetic products in the market to deal with this problem, remember that pores are a natural part of your skin and cannot be completely eliminated. Before you go shopping, you can try some inexpensive, easy and natural home remedies to minimize the appearance of open pores.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for open pores.
Ice has a skin tightening effect that makes it a simple and effective home remedy. Before applying makeup, you can use it to minimise the enlarged pores. It also improves circulation and helps you in getting a healthier skin.
Just wrap few ice cubes in a clean washcloth and put it on your skin for about 15-30 seconds.
Repeat this few times daily. You can also wash your face with ice cold water once a day.
Tip: To get more benefits, while putting water for the cubes, infuse cucumber juice, rose water, green tea or apple juice in the water.
Almonds have skin restorative properties. It minimizes open pores and makes your skin smooth and clear.
Take 5-6 almonds and crush them.
Add few drops of lemon juice.
Make a paste and apply it for 20 minutes.
Then wash the face with cold water.
Tip: Mix grounded almonds’ powder and orange peel powder and make a scrub. Massage your face in circular motions. You can also 2 tsp of sweet almond oil to mashed banana and apply it on your face for 20 minutes.
Steaming is the best way to unclog the pores. Remember to wash your face with a mild cleanser before starting the process. Then, splash some cold water to close the pores.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
It is a natural skin toner and astringent. It not only tightens your skin and reduces pores, but also restore the pH balance of the skin. Also, it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that treat acne breakouts.
Mix apple cider vinegar with equal amount of water.
Soak a cotton ball in the solution and gently apply it to your face.
Leave it for few minutes and then wash it off.
Tip: Use this every night after cleansing your face. Then apply a light moisturizer.
Honey is great for skin because of its antibacterial, medicinal and healing properties. It is rich in potassium that kills the bacteria responsible for clogging the pores.
Make a combo of honey and yogurt and apply it on your pores.
After a few minutes, rinse it off.
6. Egg Whites
These are used to shrink the enlarged pores. They tighten and tone the skin. They draw out excess oil from the greasy skin.
Whisk an egg white and spread it on your face.
Let it dry and then rinse it off. You can also add lemon juice and oatmeal.
Leave it for 30 minutes.
Scrub it off and wash your face.
Repeat this twice a week.
Tip: For better results, cover your skin with tissue paper after applying the egg white and then once the mixture has dried, peel if off.