Large pores, along with blackheads, are probably the most stubborn / hard to treat skin care problems. The problem of open or large pores is more common among people with oily skin texture. Excess production of sebum will gradually distend or stretch the delicate walls of the pore canal and lead to the formation of open / enlarged pores. The natural ageing process and too much exposure to sunlight can further aggravate the problem of open pores. There is a glut of cosmetic products and procedures, which are specifically designed to reduce the size of skin pores. However, there are numerous home remedies which offer safe and natural options to mitigate the problem of large open pores.
5 Must Try Home Remedies for Open Pores
Brown Sugar Scrub
Sugar has vast caches of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is an Alpha- hydroxy acid, and like all AHA’s, glycolic acid plays a pivotal role in maintaining healthy skin. Glycolic acid, which is an important ingredient in many expensive cosmetic skin care products, helps to reduce pore size by melting hardened sebum and other impurities which clog the pores and gradually increase their size.
To prepare a brown sugar skin scrub, mix one heaped teaspoon of organic brown sugar with one tablespoon of organic honey. Mix the ingredients to form a grainy blend. Work the brown sugar scrub into the skin using your finger tips. Leave the brown sugar scrub on your skin for five to ten minutes and then wash it off with icy cold water.
Fuller’s earth is one of the best natural remedies to shrink open pores and enhance skin tone. Fuller’s earth absorbs the excess sebum. Reducing the sebum production can to a large extent reduce the pore size. Furthermore, natural clays like Fuller’s earth can help to detoxify and cleanse skin pores. Masks prepared from Fuller’s earth can tighten skin pores and is one of the best anti-ageing skin care products.
Mix one heaped teaspoon of Fuller’s earth with one tablespoon of rose water and half a teaspoon of organic honey. Mix the ingredients to form a thick blend. Add one drop of pure tea tree oil to the mixture. Apply the Fuller’s earth mask on your face and leave it on for a couple of minutes (till the clay becomes dry). Wash your face with cold water and pat skin dry.
The problem of enlarged pores can make a person appear older than his or her actual age. Papaya mask can help to tighten facial skin pores, as this tropical fruit has high concentration of vitamin A. Furthermore, masks prepared using raw papaya can help to remove trapped dirt and other impurities which can enlarge facial pores.
Scoop out the flesh of a raw papaya. Blitz the raw papaya pulp in a food processor to form a smooth paste. Add a quarter teaspoon of mineral rich rock salt to the papaya pulp. Apply the papaya and sea salt face mask. Now scrub your facial skin gently with your fingertips. Allow the face mask to dry out completely and then wash it off with cool water.
Apply Cider Vinegar
The natural astringent properties of apple cider vinegar help to reduce pore size. Besides reducing the size of facial pores, apple cider vinegar also helps to restore the natural pH balance of the skin. To prepare this home remedy, simply dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a quarter cup of water. Dip a clean cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar solution. Apply the apple cider vinegar liberally on the open pores. Allow the skin to absorb the diluted apple cider vinegar for a couple of minutes. Finally, wash your face with icy cold water.
Fresh orange juice (not commercial orange juice) contains a plethora of skin beneficial nutrients. Orange juice helps to remove trapped dirt and other impurities from facial skin pores. Fresh undiluted orange juice also helps to tighten skin pores and it gives facial skin a more youthful appearance.
Dip a cotton ball in a bowl containing freshly squeezed orange juice. Daub the orange juice generously on the facial skin. Allow the skin to soak up the orange juice for a few minutes. Wipe your skin with a wet face cloth.