9 ways to naturally make your pores smaller
Large pores can be a nuisance for many people. When the sebaceous glands become clogged up, the pores in your skin tend to get bigger. Enlarged pores may leave your complexion looking blotchy and make you appear older than you actually are. This is a problem that affects many young people and is usually down to genetics. But sometimes an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, alcohol consumption or poor diet), hormonal changes (e.g. during pregnancy) or environmental factors (e.g. UV rays) can be a cause of enlarged pores.
Instead of putting up with this skin problem, you can do something about it. We've come up with 9 ways to beat enlarged pores using household items. Give them a try...
1. Almond mask
Almonds are packed full of vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, the fatty acids contained within almonds help to strengthen the skin's protective layer, prevent acne and provide moisture to the pores.
To make your own mask, first fill a cup with a handful of almonds and grind them into a fine powder using a pestle. Add three tablespoons of water to the ground almonds and mix everything into a thick paste. Massage the paste onto your entire face in a circular motion. After leaving the mask on for 20 minutes, wash it off using lukewarm water. Repeat these steps twice a week.
2. Baking soda
Take on your enlarged pores with baking soda. This very useful white powder also works for acne, as it has an anti-bacterial effect and minimizes inflammation.
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with two tablespoons of water and massage the mixture onto your face. Wash it off with cold water 20 minutes later.
3. Honey mask
Honey also has an anti-bacterial effect and prevents inflammation. That's why it's great way to clean your skin and combat enlarged pores.
Mix two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of oatmeal. Apply the mask in circular motions from your nose to the cheeks, chin and then forehead. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash it off. You're done!
4. Egg, lemon and oat peeling
This mask helps to bring your skin's sebum production down to a normal level. The egg white keeps your skin taut and strong, while the lemon juice dries out the zits and removes any excess sebum.
Beat an egg white until it is foamy and mix in two tablespoons of lemon juice. Next, add two tablespoons of oatmeal and give everything a good stir. Once you've applied the peeling mask to your face, wash it off with warm water.
5. Whey mask
The lactic acid removes the dead skin cells, while the proteins and anti-oxidants slow down the skin's aging process.
Apply whey to your entire face. After 20 minutes, wash the mask off and you should immediately see that your pores appear less visible.
6. Medicinal clay mask
Medicinal clay is an anti-inflammatory and combines with any excess sebum, meaning zits and acne don't stand a chance.
Mix medicinal clay with some honey and water. Apply the paste to your face and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash it away with cold water.
7. Tomato mask
Tomatoes are rich in calcium which has a purifying effect on your skin. The tomato juice soothes any inflammations and helps to reduce any redness.
After washing your face, simply apply some tomato juice to your face using a cotton swab.
8. Papaya mask
The tropical fruit is abundant in minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Papaya also contains lots of vitamins, helping to combat blackheads and zits.
Rub the inside of a papaya on your face and wash your face after 15 minutes.
9. Cucumber mask
Cucumbers contain a lot moisture and enzymes which help stimulate skin cell regeneration. A cucumber mask is also good for redness, dryness and greasy skin.
Peel and cucumber and slice it fine. Mix the cucumber slices with two tablespoons of cornstarch. Apply the cucumber mask to your face and leave it for 15 minutes. After washing away the mask, apply a moisturizer.
General tip: To prevent your pores from become enlarged, you should also wash your skin with a mild gel cleanser twice a day and then apply a moisturizer. If these methods don't do enough to help, it may be worth opting for laser treatment or chemical peeling. These two types of treatment increase the production of new skin cells and can improve your skin's appearance.