Effective tips to naturally shrink large skin pores

Large skin pores are unsightly and annoying to many. This article explains tips and natural remedies to shrink open pores naturally. By following a strict skincare regimen, we can keep skin pores clear and naturally diminish their appearance.


Our skin has tiny openings that release sweat and oil from beneath on the surface. These openings are known as skin pores. They help the skin to breathe. They are usually connected with hair follicles. Usually, skin pores remain in their normal size. However, in certain cases, their size increases when these pores get clogged with sebum or dirt. In such cases, they can be seen by naked eyes. There are many causes which can clog skin pores and increase their size such as acne, blackheads, sun damage etc. Usually, those who have oily skin have large skin pores due to the excessive production of sebum. By keeping the skin pores clean by regularly following a strict skincare regimen, we can naturally reduce their size and appearance. Also, we need not spend lots of money to purchase expensive skincare products. We can minimize the size of skin pores by using natural ingredients available in our homes. Below-mentioned natural tips will help diminish the size of skin pores effectively.

Why shrink open pores?

Open pores or large skin pores are unsightly. Do understand that having large skin pores is not a health condition. However, it does not esthetically appear good. It is the reason that many of us look for remedies to minimize their appearance. Also, if large pores are not taken care of, they can become clogged. Clogging can complicate things and cause many skin conditions such as blackheads and acne.


There are lots of causes and factors behind large skin pores. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • Excessive production of sebum,
  • Excessive use of comedogenic makeup,
  • Too much stress,
  • Genetics,
  • Acne,
  • Squeezing blackheads,
  • Poor skincare,
  • Increase in volume of the hair follicle,
  • Sun damage,
  • Environmental damage,
  • Skin type (Common in oily and combination skin type),
  • Ageing

Simple tips to naturally shrink large skin pores

  • Do not step out in the sun without wearing broad-spectrum SPF incorporated sunscreen lotion. Also, use an umbrella, hat and scarf for better protection.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Avoid excessive consumption of too many oily and processed foods that can risk clogging of enlarged pores.
  • Drink adequate amount of water every day and keep skin and body well hydrated which will keep skin smooth and supple and pores clear. Eat fruits, vegetables and sprouts which are water-rich.
  • Exercise regularly. It flushes out toxins in the form of sweat from the skin surface. It will not only promote good overall health but also keeps skin healthy.
  • Never go to bed without getting rid of makeup from the skin. Use a makeup removal cream or dab some olive oil on a cotton ball and use it.
  • Use makeup as minimal as possible. If cannot be avoided, at least purchase non-comedogenic makeup products which will prevent clogging of skin pores.
  • Avoid touching face with hands, especially if they are unclean. Excess contact increases the transfer of germs and dirt from hands to face which in turn increases the risk of clogging of pores.
  • Do not squeeze blackheads and acne. Not only will it worsen the situation by spreading the infection to surroundings but will also clog the pores and make them look larger.
  • Regularly clean, exfoliate and tone the skin. Following a strict skincare regimen will ensure the pores remain clear. Clean pores naturally get reduced in size.
  • Use products that are oil and grease-free. Ensure that moisturizer is not heavy in oils. Skincare products with too much oil in them can further increase the size of pores and clog them.

Reduce open pores by natural methods

  1. Tighten skin with ice massage-
    Pore size can be reduced naturally by using a simple ingredient as an ice cube. Take an ice cube and gently massage it all over the face and neck region. Do not directly apply it to the skin. Wrap it in a clean cloth and gently massage the skin. Concentrate on areas where too much sweating takes place. Usually, the pore size of those areas is larger. Thus, hold the ice cube in T-zone for 20-30 seconds before moving it to other areas. Also, instead of using an ice cube, splash ice-cold water on the face. Ice improves blood circulation. Adequate blood flow ensures a good supply of oxygen and nutrients which in turn promote good skin health. Ice cube tightens skin and minimizes the skin pores. This natural remedy has to be followed twice daily. The frequency can be reduced when visual improvement is seen in the condition.
  2. Steam the face-
    As discussed earlier, the pore size is large, it is necessary to follow a strict skincare regimen to keep the skin pores clear. It will not only reduce the chances of clogging but also help them to naturally shrink in size. The best natural way to keep them clear and clog-free are to open them using steam. Steaming the face opens up the skin pores for a small duration. It will help to get rid of dirt and oil from them. We need to steam face twice a week to keep them clean. To offer that soothing effect, we can add essential oils, rose petals and herbs to hot water. Either take some hot water in a vessel and take a steam or indulge in hot water baths by filling the bathtubs.
  3. Minimize pores with a yoghurt mask-
    Yoghurt not only nourishes the skin and helps to get rid of skin dryness and premature signs of ageing but also can be used to keep skin pores clean and clear. Always remembers that clean pores naturally shrink in size when compared to clogged pores. Yoghurt is rich in lactic acid. Thus, when applied to the skin, lactic acid promotes the removal of grease, oil and builds up of dead skin cell layer and leaves pores clean and clog-free. Yoghurt is a natural ingredient that does too much good for skin health. Thus, it can be applied to the face daily. Apply it all over the face and neck region. Let it remain on the skin for 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
  4. Tone the skin with natural ingredients-
    Toners ensure that pores are clean and dirt free from deep inside. Instead of purchasing toners from the market, one can make use of natural ingredients to effectively tone the skin. Commercially available toners may sometime irritate skin and the ingredients may build up in pores which may further increase the pore size. Thus, use natural ingredients which are easily available at home. Rosewater is the best toner. Dab some rose water in a cotton pad and apply it all over the face. Not only will it reduce the size of skin pores but also offer the goodness of rose to promote skin health. Alternatively, apple cider vinegar can be applied by mixing it with two parts of water.
  5. Soothing aloe vera mask-
    Aloe vera is incorporated in various beauty products commercially from face washes to masks. Instead of spending money to buy them, use fresh aloe vera gel. Also, applying fresh aloe vera gel in concentrated form is much more effective in reducing pore size. Cut a small section of aloe vera leaf. Extract gel from it. Apply it evenly on face. Gently massage in a circular motion using fingers to ensure better absorption. Let the gel work on the skin for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it with water. Apply it daily. Aloe vera mask soothes and moisturizes skin and prevents skin inflammation. It naturally reduces the size of skin pores by getting rid of excess oil and dirt from deep inside.
  6. Shrink pores with vegetables-
    Extract some juice from the fresh cucumber. Apply it evenly on the face using a cotton ball. Let it remain on the skin for half an hour. Rinse with water. Cucumber juice is astringent and thus, it will help in toning skin. It will aid in getting rid of impurities from deep inside of skin pores and naturally shrink them in size. It is soothing to the skin. It nourishes the skin and makes it soft and supple. Apply cucumber juice alone or mix it with lemon juice. Alternatively, tomato can also be used. Take a small amount of tomato pulp and spread it on the face like a mask. Let the mask remain on the face for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. It balances the skin's natural oils and naturally shrinks large pores.
  7. A fruity approach-
    Ripe papaya is an excellent toner. Its application will naturally tighten and shrink large pores. Take a piece of ripe papaya and mash it. Apply it evenly on the face like a mask. Rinse it with water after 15 minutes. Repeat it thrice a week for better results. Alternatively, the mashed banana mask also offers excellent benefits. Or else take a banana peel and swipe the inside part of it on the face. Do it gently. Wait for 15 minutes before rinsing the face with water. Applying mashed banana nourishes the skin. However, potassium and lutein present in banana peel help skin cells to repair and rejuvenate. This fruity approach of applying papaya and banana peels will smooth skin and naturally reduces the appearance of skin pores.

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Author: Umesh Chandra Bhatt03 Jun 2020 Member Level: Silver   Points : 3

The author has given good details and tips to shrink the large skin pores. The use of artificial creams and oils should be avoided in this condition as it might exaggerate the problem. The natural products would be more beneficial in this condition. Observing Yoga and mental composure help in reducing the stress in our lives and to that extent these can help in curing this condition.

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