Your body is covered in pores and they can stretch and appear larger when they are full of gunk and grime. Not only does this give your skin a sort of pitted appearance, but wide open pores are also more susceptible to becoming clogged, which leads to breakouts and blemishes. So what’s a girl to do? Try one of these easy home remedies for shrinking pores and keeping your skin healthy and your complexion clear and lovely. Of course, it’s also a good idea to talk things over with your dermatologist.
1. Rub Your Pores with an Ice Cube
Sounds easy enough, right? The idea that you use ice to reduce swelling when you sprain your ankle is the same reason why it will shrink pores. The coldness of the ice helps your blood vessels contract, which pulls your pores in and makes them appear smaller. If you can’t handle the ice on its own, try placing a cube or two in a cloth and gently running it over the affected areas.
2. Exfoliate with Baking Soda
Exfolation helps remove the top layers of skin, which are likely packed with dead skin cells and built up product. When you clear that junk from your pores, you help them look smaller. Baking soda makes a great exfoliator. Simply combine it with warm water to create a paste. Gently massage the mixture into your skin and then rinse with warm water.
3. Tone with Apple Cider Vinegar
Using a toning product can help make your pores look smaller and less noticeable. Apple cider vinegar is the perfect product to try because it kills germs and cleans your skin at the same time. Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to your skin using a cotton ball. Allow it to soak in for a couple of minutes, then rinse well.
4. Save Some Yogurt for Your Face
You’ve likely heard all about the health benefits of eating yogurt. It helps with digestion and is full of protein. Turns out yogurt is also great for your skin, when applied topically. Spread a thin layer of plain yogurt on your face, allowing it to work its magic for about 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Repeat once a week for smaller pores and a better looking complexion.
5. Try Egg Whites to Shrink Your Pores
Egg whites work by tightening and toning your skin, helping make pores look smaller and less noticeable. All you have to do is whisk the egg whites and smear them on your face. Once the mixture dries completely, you can rinse it off. You might also consider adding a few drops of lemon juice, which can enhance the benefits.
6. You Will Love What Sugar Can do for Your Skin
Eating too much of the sweet stuff can wreak total havoc on your skin, but applying it to your pores can do wonders for you. Sugar is a natural exfoliant that helps clear out your pores, helping them tighten up and keeping them clean at the same time. Combine a tablespoon of olive oil with two tablespoons of plain white sugar and gently massage it into your skin, then rinse and you’re good to go.
7. Apply a Clay Mask While You Watch Television
A clay mask can do many wonderful things for your skin. In addition to pulling out oil and toxins, the clay also cleans your pores and helps make them look smaller. You can find great clay masks at any drugstore. Follow package directions for the best benefit.
8. Almonds Work inside and out
Not only are almonds healthy for you when you eat them, you can also take a few (5 or 6) and crush them up real good. Add a few drops of lemon juice until it forms a paste. Apply to your open pores, let sit 20 minutes, and rinse with cold water.
9. TomatoEs and Oatmeal Work
Tomatoes are a natural astringent that dramatically shrinks pore size as well as cleans them out while they're open. Oatmeal has exfoliating properties because of its rough texture. Mix a paste of these two ingredients and apply. Wash off after 30 minutes for drastically smaller pores.
10. Mint and Watermelon
While this sounds like a delicious new mojito flavor, it's also a great pore closing mask. Mix watermelon juice and mint juice together, when you apply this combo to large pores they automatically contract and appear smaller.
Which of these ideas will you try first? What else do you do to mask large pores?