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Pores. The tiny outlets on our face we completely forget about until our genes or neglect catches up with us and they are stretched and visible a mile away. Although pore size has a lot of to do with genetics, we can assist with shrinking over-stretched pores using natural ingredients that doesn’t take forever to see results.
What causes large pores?
Genetics can play a large role in the size of your pores. Outside of that, congestion is another reason pores can become stretched. Because, pores are tiny holes in our face, it catches a lot of “debris” and if it’s not cleansed properly, debris can stretch our pores to be way more visible.
How to fix it?
There are two steps to treating larges pores naturally: removing whatever is making it larger and shrinking your pores back to normal size. To cleanse and remove unwanted particles from your pores, you will need a strong cleanser possibly paired with exfoliation of some type (facial brush or scrub). After cleansing, its imperative to use something to tighten the surface of your skin to keep impurities out. Astringents and toners play a major role is maintaining the surface of your skin, thus they are perfect for fixing stretched pores. Consistency will be the major key in shrinking your large pores.
1. Ice Cubes
Ice is an immediate toner you can apply to your skin for 5-10 minutes and see results immediately. Try freezing tomato and lemon juice together and apply to your face once or twice a day after you’ve cleansed your skin. Lemon is a known natural astringent and tomato is excellent in healing the surface of your skin.
2. Facial Scrub
A few drops of lemon, some olive oil or honey, and sugar mixed together can be the perfect weekly facial scrub to exfoliate and shrink pores. Sugar works hard to clean your skin’s surface while other ingredients heals and nourishes your skin.
Rose water, cucumber juice, and apple cider vinegar are the perfect mix to “tone” your skin after a good cleanse. Cucumber has silca that improve skin texture and ACV immediately tightens your skin preventing pores becoming clogged again. (here is the rose water I use)
Applying vitamin C on your skin will increase collagen production, reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and prevent dirt buildup, which in turn help decrease the size of your pores. Vitamin C should be applied sparingly on your face preferably at night after cleansing and toning your skin.
5. Face Mask
Mix one tablespoon of turmeric and sandalwood powder with 3-5 drops of almond oil until a paste like consistency. Apply to affected areas and let sit for 20 minutes or until dry and wash off with cool water.
What methods have you tried?