Enlarged pores on the face is a beauty concern for many.

It can make your skin appear unhealthy, dull, saggy, and tired. It can even contribute to a variety of skin problems like acne and blackheads. And if you have oily skin, you are bound for deep troubles.


Inflammation caused by excess sebum, a natural oil secreted by the sebaceous glands of the skin, is the primary cause behind large pores which can tend to get clogged making matters worse.

large pores

Dirt, impurities, and blackheads tend to make pores appear more pronounced and look even larger.

Sun exposure can also lead to large open pores as UV rays can damage collagen, which reduces the elasticity of walls of the pore canals on your skin.


While there is a wide array of commercial products available in the market that promise to deal with these troubles, you must understand that pores are a natural part of your skin and by no means can they be eliminated.

So, before you go shopping, why not try some easy, natural, inexpensive yet effective home remedies to reduce the prominence of large open pores on your skin naturally.

Method 1: Using Egg White

Things you’ll need:

egg white mask for large pores

  • Eggs – 2
  • Lemon – 1
  • Oatmeal – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Break eggs into a bowl

break eggs for large pores

Egg whites are an amazing ingredient that draws out excess oil from greasy skin. It helps tighten the skin by tightening open pores.

  • Break 2 eggs into a bowl.
  • Remove the yolks from the eggs.

Step 2. Squeeze in a lemon

lemon for large pores

Lemon acts as a natural astringent for the skin and contains vitamin C that helps tighten pores and lighten your complexion.

  • Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the egg whites.

Step 3. Whisk the mixture

egg and lemon for large pores

Whisk the ingredients thoroughly until you observe a white foamy texture on the mixture.


Step 4. Add oatmeal and mix

oatmeal for large pores

Oatmeal is an amazing exfoliating agent that helps remove dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal to the mixture.
  • Mix the ingredients together thoroughly
  • Apply evenly on your face.
  • Allow it to dry for about 30 minutes.
  • Finish with a gentle scrubbing and rinsing with water.

Use this remedy twice a week for best results.

egg white, lemon and oatmeal for large pores

Method 2: Using Ice

Things you’ll need:

ice for large pores

  • Ice cubes
  • Cotton cloth/towel

Wrap up ice and apply

wrap ice for large pores

Ice cubes help stimulate blood circulation in the facial muscles, thus giving you healthier skin. It also helps tighten the skin by shrinking the pores.

  • Wrap up some ice cubes in a towel or cotton cloth. Grab the ends together to form a compress.
  • Apply this compress on your face. Do not hold the ice compress on the same spot for more than 2 to 3 minutes. Keep moving it to different areas.

Do this 2 or 3 times every day for quick results.

apply ice for large pores

Method 3: Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is a gentle exfoliating agent that helps eliminate excess oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin and reduce the size of larger pores.

Plus, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of baking soda help treat skin troubles like pimples and acne.

Moreover, baking soda can help in restoring the pH balance of your skin.

Things you’ll need:

baking soda for large pores

  • Baking soda – 2 tablespoons
  • Water

Mix baking soda and water and apply

mix baking soda and water for large pores

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough lukewarm water in a bowl to form a paste.
  • Spread the paste evenly onto your skin.
  • Massage gently in circular motions for a few seconds.
  • Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a clean, dry towel
  • Finish by moisturizing your skin with an oil-free moisturizer as needed.

Follow this remedy every day for a week to get effective results.

baking soda for large pores

Method 4: Using a Sugar-Lemon Scrub

A homemade sugar-lemon scrub is an effective remedy for treating and exfoliating your skin.


This helps by removing dirt, impurities, and excess oil from your face, while also allowing your pores to close.

Things you’ll need:

sugar and lemon for large pores

  • Granulated sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon – ½
  • Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Organic honey – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Whisk oil and lemon together

oil and lemon for large pores

Lemon is a natural astringent and a source of vitamin C that helps draw out toxins while lightening your skin tone. It also contains enzymes that help firm up and tighten your facial skin.

Olive oil is an exceptional source of vitamin E that helps soothe, heal, and moisturize your skin.

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it.
  • Whisk the ingredients together so that the lemon juice is thoroughly mixed with the oil.

Step 2. Blend in honey and sugar

blend honey and sugar for large pores

Sugar is a natural exfoliator and a natural source of glycolic acid that helps clean your pores, remove dead skin cells, balance your skin tone, and improve the overall texture of your skin.

Honey is a natural antioxidant and a natural humectant that helps lock in water, helping to hydrate and moisturize skin.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to the oil and lemon mixture.
  • Mix all the ingredients together. You may use a blender for better binding of the ingredients.
  • Apply the mixture to the face.
  • Allow the scrub to sit and dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Massage gently in circular motions and rinse it off with water.

Follow this remedy twice every week for excellent results.

sugar scrub for large pores

Method 5: Using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural astringent and skin toner that helps cleanse your skin, breaking down thick oils trapped in from clogged pores and clearing away blackheads and whiteheads.

It also helps tighten your skin, restore the skin’s natural pH balance, and relax large pores. Plus, the antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties of ACV can help in treating skin troubles like acne and pimples.

Things you’ll need:

ACV for large pores

  • Apple cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  • Water – 2 tablespoons
  • Cotton balls

Dilute ACV in water and apply

dilute ACV in water for large pores

  • Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the solution.
  • Rub the solution gently on the large pores of the skin.
  • Allow it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cold water.
  • Finish with moisturizing your skin with oil-free moisturizer as needed.

Use this remedy every night after cleansing your face.

Do this every day for 2 weeks to observe amazing results.

ACv for large pores

Method 6: Using Steam

steam for large pores

Steaming is another effective way of unclogging large pores in the skin.

While steaming, the high temperature helps open up clogged pores, to release trapped toxins and impurities.

  • Start by cleaning your face with a mild cleanser and some cold water.
  • Boil a small pot of water.
  • When the water starts boiling, transfer it to a heat-safe bowl.
  • Hold your face over the bowl and drape a towel over your head and shoulders so that the steam from the water is directed toward your face.
  • Let the steam bathe your face for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Splash cold water on your face to rinse away dead skin cells.
  • Pat dry using a clean, dry towel.
  • Finish by applying moisturizer on your skin as needed.

Follow the remedy at least once a week for deep cleansing of your larger pores.

Optionally, you can add green tea, peppermint tea, or any other herbal tea or tea tree essential oil for added the benefits of aromatherapy.

Method 7: Using Fuller’s Earth

Fuller’s earth is an amazing natural remedy to shrink open pores and enhance your skin tone. It helps in the absorption of excess sebum in the skin, which in turn helps reduce the apparent size of pores.

Moreover, it helps in detoxifying and cleansing your pores and tightening your skin.

Things you’ll need:

fuller's earth for large pores

  • Fuller’s earth
  • Rosewater

Blend fuller's earth and rose water and apply

fuller's earth for open pores

  • Combine fuller’s earth with enough rose water to form a smooth paste.
  • Apply this mask evenly all over your face.
  • Leave it on for about 25 minutes or until it completely dries.
  • Rub gently and rinse off using cold water.
  • Finish by moisturizing your skin as needed.

Follow the remedy once or twice every week for effective results.

fuller's earth for open pores

Additional Tips

  • Give your skin a chance to breathe and recover from wearing makeup at least one day a week, or for several weeks when trying to recover the natural balance of your complexion.
  • Do not use thick or heavy makeup as this may seep deeper into your pores, thus blocking them.
  • Clean off all your makeup at night before going to bed.
  • Avoid using skin-care products that are too emollient (thick, greasy lotions), as they cause your oil glands to secrete more oil or conversely dry them out completely.
  • Do not use bar soap as they contain harsh chemicals and ingredients that can end up clogging your pores.
  • Dehydrated skin can produce more oil resulting in clogged pores, acne breakouts, and blackheads.
  • Moisturizing your face is an important step to get rid of enlarged pores. However, use water-based, oil-free moisturizers for your skin.

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