Everybody wants smooth and radiant skin. Enlarged pores get in the way of that. Genetic and environmental factors, aging, and inadequate skin care can all work together to cause large unsightly pores.
Dermatologists use a number of treatments to help reduce the size of enlarged pores. Unfortunately, these medical procedures are deemed “cosmetic” by health insurance companies and almost always are not covered. There are, however, several affordable natural remedies that you can employ at home to cleanse and reduce the size of your pores.
Following smart skin care tips can help reduce the appearance of large pores. Regular cleaning removes the excess oils that clog pores, causing them to enlarge. Using a face wash containing Vitamin C not only will remove dirt and oil but also will increase elastin and collagen and thereby shrink the pores.
Natural Home Remedies To Shrink Pores
Over the centuries, people have developed several home remedies to shrink pores and make skin look more vibrant.
Almond Paste – Soak the almonds in hot water overnight. Add granulated sugar, powdered sugar, corn syrup and water. Crush almonds into a paste and apply to the face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply an astringent like witch hazel.
Salt And Buttermilk – Mix ¼ cup of buttermilk and ½ cup sea salt in a bowl until you have a paste. Apply to the face for at least 15 minutes but no more than 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and dry your face. Rich in lactic acid, buttermilk acts to tighten the skin. Salt is a natural exfoliant that removes dirt, oil, and dead dry skin cells.
Rose Water, Cucumbers, And Lemon Juice – Mix one cup of rose water, ½ cup of cucumber juice, and 1 tbs. lemon juice. Apply to the face regularly, and your pores will shrink over time.
Egg Whites And Lemon Juice – Egg whites tighten the skin and shrink pores. Beat the white of one egg and add 1 tsp. lemon juice. Apply evenly to the face and let dry. Wash off with lukewarm water, and then finish with a splash of cold water.
There are many food products in your kitchen that will also help with enlarged pores. Tomato pulp and apricot can be blended into a paste. Crush lettuce leaves to extract the juice, add 1 tsp. lemon juice, and apply to the face for 20 minutes. Orange, papaya, peach, and pineapple juices all have astringent qualities.
Natural Clay Masks
Clay masks are very effective at reducing pores by penetrating deep into the skin, removing oils and impurities, and adding vital nutrients back into the skin. Any color clay will do. Mix 1 tbsp. of clay and 1 tsp. distilled water. Green tea with its antioxidant properties can be substituted for water. Mix to a uniform consistency, apply to the face, let dry for 20 minutes, and then rinse