Large pores can be a cause of great concern for many of us. Dirt and grime can easily clog the pores and cause skin eruptions, apart from the fact that they can be quite unsightly as well.
Whilst they cannot be reduced in any way, there are several home remedies that help in reducing the appearance of large pores and preventing skin infections and eruptions. Here are a few remedies that can help you deal with this embarrassing condition.
Ice cubes are excellent for shrinking the pores and they are an instant remedy that can be used before you use your makeup. This will help in leaving the skin smooth looking and also prevent the makeup from entering the pores and cause problems like acne and infections.
Take an ice cube and after washing your face thoroughly, rub it all over your face and neck for a few minutes. Ice cubes will constrict the blood vessels and pores and will give an even looking and less porous skin before you apply makeup. This can be done every time after you wash and clean your face so that dirt and grime do not enter the large pores.
Steaming is a great way to clean the dirt and the debris that have accumulated in the pores. Once the pores are thoroughly cleaned, they appear smaller and chances of infections and acne formations too are reduced. Use a pot for boiling water and cover your face and the neck of the pot with a thick towel.
Allow the steam to penetrate the skin where the large pores are present. Steam for at least fifteen minutes. After this, you can scrub with a sugar scrub or wipe with a hot towel for removing the dirt.
Take half of a lemon or lime and one small sized orange. Add 3/4th cup of rubbing alcohol to this. Blend in a mixer until it is pulverized. Strain and transfer to an airtight container. This toner can be used every day after cleansing your face and before application of makeup to minimize the pores.
Apple cider vinegar is another natural toner with astringent qualities that can be used for closing large pres. Apply a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar after cleansing your face and wiping it thoroughly. Allow it to air dry before applying makeup.
The cooling properties of cucumber are wonderful for enlarged pores as cucumber can shrink the pores when applied cooled. Grate a cucumber and mix it with eight ounces of rose water and one tablespoon of benzoin tincture. This can be refrigerated in an airtight bottle.
After cleansing your face and other areas with large pores, apply this solution and leave it on to dry. The cooling action will shrink the pores immediately. A mask can be prepared by mashing cucumber and adding one teaspoon of rose water and the juice of a lemon. Apply on the face and rinse off after 15 minutes.
Egg white has a toning effect on the skin and helps in shrinking the pores. Break and egg and separate the egg white from the yolk. Beat it to form a froth and apply it on the areas of the skin with large pores. Allow the egg white mask to dry and then rinse it off. This will help in shrinking the pores.
A mask can be prepared by mashing ripe papayas and applying on the face. This is a natural toning and complexion enhancing agent. Allow the paste to dry before rinsing it off. Continue application every day to keep your skin well toned and bright as well.
Tomatoes have skin lightening and astringent properties that help in closing large pores and also exfoliating dead skin cells from the surface. Take a tomato and cut it into half. Apply the juice on the large pores and leave it on to air dry. Wash off afterwards. Repeat every day for bright and blemish free skin.
Buttermilk has lactic acid, which is a skin exfoliant, and hence great for treating dead skin cells and grime that could be trapped inside large pores. Take buttermilk and add some salt to this. Mix to form a paste and rub on the affected area for a few minutes. Leave it on for fifteen minutes after this. Rinse off with water. This will help in keeping the skin free of dirt and excess oils.
Honey is a natural moisturizer and toner helps in tightening large pores. Take some honey and sugar and rub in circular motion around the skin that has large pores. Leave it on for drying and wash off after this. Honey helps in removing excess oils from the skin and leaves your skin wonderfully toned and smooth with just enough moisture to keep it glowing and smooth.
Rich in vitamin E, oatmeal can be mixed with buttermilk to enrich the skin and also close the pores after cleaning them thoroughly off the dirt and grime. Take 1/4th cup of buttermilk and add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal to this. Stir well and leave this mixture overnight for fermenting. Strain and apply the fermented solution on the face. This is a great astringent for treating all skin problems and also closing large pores.
Almonds are also rich in vitamin E which is a skin tonic that can help the skin thrive in its nourishment. Take a handful of almonds and soak them overnight.
In the morning, make them into a smooth paste and apply on the skin with large pores. Leave until dry and rinse off with cool water. This will help in keeping the pores close and leaving the skin smooth and gleaming.
Gramflour is a good toning agent for the skin. Take some gram flour and add some lemon juice and some curd to this. Mix well and apply on the areas where you have large pores. Allow the mixture to dry on your skin. Doing this every day will help in reducing the size of the pores and also in improving your overall complexion a well. This can also be done along with oatmeal as well to enjoy the benefits of the same.