5 best remedies to minimize and shrink skin pores

5 best remedies to minimize and shrink skin pores.

Do you have large, oily and open pores and are you looking for ways to minimize and reduce them? We have 5 tried and tested methods to shrink your pores naturally at home with ingredients you will probably already have at home.

Skin pores help our skin breathe and are tiny open pits in the skin where our hair follicles grow. Unfortunately, at times they tend to seem larger and more pronounced. They aid in balancing the skin’s sebum production levels (the oil levels). When they become more enlarged, they look more pronounced and tend to make our face look duller.

Why do some people’s pores look larger?

People with oily skin tend to have more visible pores due to excess sebum that their skin produces. Open pores tend to pick up more dirt and can cause acne, pimples and blackheads, so the skin cleansing routine is important.

Our pores seem visibly larger when they accumulate more oil and debris. People also can have more open pores due to environmental pollution, stress, unhealthy diet and lifestyle factors such as stress, In addition to genetics.

5 best remedies to minimize and shrink skin pores

However, there are many skin pore minimizing products on the market that may help. Alternatively, you can make your own blends using natural ingredients at home and try the methods which suit your skin best and even save some money in the process. There are many ways to minimize pores, but these are the best tried and tested methods of minimizing facial pores.

What are open pores?

Open pores are pores which may look larger due to excess sebum production, there are a few ways you can naturally get rid of large, open pores and make them less visible. These methods are cheaper and even better than some of the best pore minimizer products. They are completely natural, with no chemicals and take only minutes to prepare!

Here are 5 of the best ways to minimize pores naturally at home

face mask pores

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar for reducing the appearance of skin pores

You will need:

1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

1 tablespoon of water

Cotton wool ball


Mix the ingredients together. Dip the cotton ball into the water and apply to face. Let it air dry naturally.

This can be done daily as a toner. Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses the skin and also tightens and shrinks your pores. It is suitable for normal-oily skin types.Mashed Papaya to minimize skin pores

2. Mashed papaya to shrink facial pores

You will need:

A few pieces of fresh ripe papaya, mashed


Apply the mashed papaya to the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with water.

Papaya helps to tone the skin colour and blemishes and tightens the skin pores. It also works as a purifier and cleanses the skin and helps remove impurities and unclogs the pores. Papaya is suitable for all skin types and is naturally moisturising.

  1. Baking Soda to reduce skin pores

You will need:

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of warm water


Mix together to form a paste. Apply to skin and massage into pores for 20-30 seconds. Rinse off with water. This can be done once or twice a week, but not daily as it is quite strong.

Baking soda is naturally antibacterial and helps remove dirt and impurities and dead skin cells. It also regulates the skin’s natural pH balance.

yogurt pores face

  1. Turmeric and Gram Flour (Besan)

You will need:

1 tablespoon of gram flour

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1 tablespoon of yoghurt.

A few drops of olive oil



Mix all ingredients into a paste. Apply to your face for 20-25 minutes and leave to dry. Rinse off with water, pat dry then moisturise.

Gram flour is a traditional Indian face mask method. It exfoliates the skin and also minimizes the appearance of pores.

  1. Natural Kaolin or Bentonite clay to reduce the appearance of skin pores

You will need:

2 tablespoons of clay powder

1-2 tablespoons of rose water


Mix the ingredients into a paste.

Apply to face and leave for 10—15 minutes. Rinse with water, then pat dry,

Powder clays such as kaolin and bentonite naturally tighten the skin to reduce the appearance of pores and absorb dirt and impurities. Rose water is a natural astringent and is also good to use as a skin softener.

This is suitable for normal to oily skin.

You can buy Kaolin clay here and bentonite clay here.

Why are pores around the nose larger than other parts of the face?

nose sauna pores


The pores on and around your nose area look larger as it’s a place you accumulate more oil and dirt. People with oilier skin tend to have larger pores, so skin cleansing is important. Skin ageing and sun damage are also causes of enlarged pores.



Can our diet help skin pores?

Good nutrients always help our skin and people with glowing skin tend to eat a healthier, balanced diet.

Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins in your body.

healthy food diet skin pores

Drink fresh green juices and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, although tend to stick to more green vegetables and too much fruit with fructose isn’t too healthy as can spike blood sugar levels.

Do a facial sauna regularly to cleanse pores naturally, and don’t forget to rinse your face with cold water after, to close the pores. Many people forget that they need to close their pores after a facial steam to close their pores, otherwise they end up allowing debris back into their open pores. Read our  blog on the ‘Top 6 benefits of why you should use a facial sauna.’

Read our blog ‘The best optimal skincare routine in 8 steps’  to keep your skin radiant and glowing.

If you fancy buying a ready-made pore refining product why not try the fantastic Facethory AHA Kaolin and Pink Clay Face mask with fantastic natural pore-refining ingredients.




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    1. Papaya is great for evening out skin tone, the alpha-hydroxy acids in papaya work as a very good exfoliator and also helps dissolve dead skin cells. Papaya is a fabulous skin softener too and it won’t dry your skin. Many companies use it in skincare products as a natural skin lightener too.

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