The large visible pores can be pretty obvious and can make anyone feel insecure about their appearance. Unfortunately, permanent reduction in the size of the pores is something that is not easily achievable. Any dermatologist will confirm that it is impossible to permanently reduce the size of the large pores. But they can be reduced temporarily with homemade masks against large pores and can be visually minimized with makeup so the skin won’t have that ‘orange peel’ look and it will become smoother.
Reducing the size of the pores can turn into an obsession because we constantly try to minimize them, but you need to know that the pores are completely normal part of the skin and the perfect people who never had some visible pores and imperfections just don’t exist.
Causes of large pores
The size of the pores is genetically predetermined. Also, the type of skin plays a major role. Dry skin is characterized by small pores that often are not really visible, while one of the characteristics of oily skin are the large pores.
The size of the pores is affected by several other factors. Skin damage from UV rays and reduced level of collagen, which maintains the elasticity of the skin. The amount of collagen decreases as a consequence of aging, and older women often complain of having large pores.
Visible large pores can also occur due to a mechanical trauma to the skin caused by squeezing pimples and blackheads. Pimples and large pores almost always go together, because the blackheads are expanding the pores and make them larger in size.
Homemade treatments for large pores
Large pores will look smaller if they are clean and if your face is clean from the dead skin cells. You need to exfoliate your face regularly – at least once or twice a week with a gentle scrub. People with sensitive skin shouldn’t use face scrubs too often, once a week is just fine. If you have oily skin that is not very easily irritated, you can use a gentle face scrub 2-3 times a week. Sometimes store bought face scrubs can be a bit harsh and full with chemicals with can cause irritation, and excessive irritation of the skin with rough scrub may lead to increased secretion of natural oils that will only worsen the condition. So here are a few homemade face scrubs against large pores that are gentle, natural and very inexpensive.
Homemade face scrub for large pores with baking soda
Take 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with one teaspoon of water or until you get a thick paste. Apply the mixture on your face and massage your skin for 20-30 seconds, then rinse with cold water. This homemade scrub for large pores is not really harsh if you have oily or normal skin, but avoid it if you have sensitive skin because it may cause some irritation.
Homemade face scrub for large pores with sugar and lemon juice
Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar (you can use white or brown sugar), one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and few drops of lemon. Apply the mixture on your face and massage your skin for 20-30 seconds. Rinse with cold water. This homemade scrub for large pores is suitable foe every skin type.
Homemade face scrub for large pores with oatmeal and honey
Mix one 2 tablespoons of oatmeal (steel cut oatmeal works best, if you have rolled oats, place them in a ziploc bag and crush them a little) and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply the scrub on your face and massage your skin gently for 30-40 seconds and rinse with cold water. This homemade face scrub for large pores is very gentle and it is suitable for every skin type.
After removing the dead skin cells with a gentle homemade face scrub for large pores, wash your face with your favorite cleanser and try some of these effective homemade face masks for large pores to get a maximum effect and a full home spa treatment.
Homemade face mask for large pores with egg white and lemon juice
You will need: 1 egg white and 10-15 drops of lemon juice. Beat the egg white until it’s foamy and add the lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. After 10 minutes when the mask starts to dry, you’ll feel that it makes your skin tighter and smoother. Rinse the face with cold water. If you use this homemade face mask for large pores, you’ll see the results from the first use. You’ll notice that your pores are significantly smaller and your skin is smooth and tight. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week.
Homemade face mask for large pores with egg white and cornstarch
Beat 1 egg white until foamy and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix well and apply the mixture on your face. Leave the homemade face mask for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. This homemade face masks for large pores will shrink the pores and clean the blackheads. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week.
Homemade face mask for large pores with yogurt and aspirin
Beat one egg white until foamy and add one teaspoon of thick plain yogurt and 2 crushed aspirins. Mix well and apply the mixture on your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or until the face mask dries and becomes flaky. Rinse the face mask with cold water. This homemade face mask for large pores is not very suitable for sensitive skin, but does wonders for oily and acne prone skin.
Cosmetic and makeup solutions for large pores
1. Reducing the visibility of large pores and removing the dead skin cells can be done with the use of cosmetic products which contain AHA acids (alpha-hydroxy acids).
2. If you have large pores and acne, use products with salicylic acid.
3. Use face powder with matte finish. When the skin is shiny, the large pores are more obvious. Covering them using the matte face powder will give you more smooth look and your pores will look visibly smaller.
4. And of course, a very important thing is to use sunscreen. Protect your skin daily with skin care products that have at least SPF 15.