How to Naturally Close Pores

It is important to exfoliate to clean the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.  This prevents dirt from blocking the pores creating acne or blackheads.

Several different factors can cause pores to look open and unattractive. This can be from a lack of good exfoliation treatments, bad skin care, heredity, sun damage, appearance of blackheads, unbalanced diet, etc. The following article will explain how you can naturally close pores to get more beautiful-looking skin.

Even though TV models, movie stars, and commercials seem to portray people with porcelain skin, totally blemish free, most people “in the flesh” tend to have wide open pores that are sometimes impossible to cover or minimize. At least that is what we used to believe.  There are different natural remedies that can help close our pores and enhance the beauty of our skin in general.

Beauty routine for enlarged pores

Follow the steps in this routine to gradually eliminate the appearance of open and enlarged pores.

Exfoliate twice a week

This will get rid of dead skin cells, as well as any dirt that obstructs the pores causing acne and blackheads.  Use a cotton cloth dampened with warm water and softly rub the skin.

Young woman wearing green facial mask, close-up of eye

Young woman wearing green facial mask, close-up of eye

Do a steam bath once a week

This will help open your pores to eliminate residue, impurities, and oil.  They will then return to their normal size. Boil water in a saucepan and when it begins to bubble, put your face close to it, and cover your head with a towel in the same way you would if you were sick. Rinse with warm water and carefully dry your face.

Apply a facial mask

Once you have finished your steam bath, the pores will be very open which will yield better results with the following steps. Clay masks are highly recommended because they eliminate acne and absorb excess oil, and also reduce the size of pores.

Thinning your face

Wash your face every morning

When you wake up, the first thing you should do is wash your face with warm water and apply a homemade facial mask. You can make this by mixing half a cup of water, 1/4 cup of milk, two spoonfuls of baking soda, and an egg white. This will deeply clean your pores and eliminate surface bacteria that can obstruct the pores. Gently rub and rinse with warm water.

Hydrate with aloe vera

This plant has many healing properties that can care for your skin. Aloe vera can help tone your face, control imperfections, and protect your skin from external agents. You can have an aloe vera plant at home, cut a leaf, and get the gel from the inside. Apply this to your face and allow it to dry before rinsing.

Washing your face

Home remedies for open pores

Almond mask

Crush 1/3 cup of almonds into a fine powder. Mix it with some water to form a paste. Place on the skin, starting at the nose and spreading out to the rest of the face. Allow it to work for a half hour and then wash your face with warm water. Repeat this several times a week.


This is an old home remedy to clear skin but it also serves to naturally close pores. For an entire week, wash your face before going to bed and apply a little buttermilk by wetting a piece of cotton. Allow it to work for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Vegetable milk

Papaya skin

Rub the inside of the papaya skin on clean skin. Allow it to work for 15 to 20 minutes before removing with warm water. This home remedy can also eliminate some freckles.


You can make it yourself by mixing eggs, lemon juice, and oil or you can buy it at the store. You just have to apply a spoonful to your face and leave it for 20 minutes (it is also good to add shine to your hair). Your skin will be much softer. It is not a good idea to use this if you have oily skin.

Light mayonaisse

Orange juice

This is an affordable option to diminish the unappealing appearance of open pores. The nitric acid from this fruit serves as an exfoliant that cleans the pores. Vitamin C firms the skin. Squeeze the orange and soak the cotton with the juice, which you should apply to the skin. Another option is cutting the orange in half and rubbing it on the skin. Either way, allow it to sit for five minutes and then rinse with cold water. Don’t do this during the day or before you plan on going out since it can create a spotted appearance on the skin. It is better to do this at night.

Oatmeal mask

Place a cup of oatmeal in a food processor or blender. Grind it until it is a powder. Add it to a cup of warm water and mix until it forms a paste. Apply it to the face and leave it until it dries completely.  Rinse the skin with warm water.


Ice cubes

Take some ice cubes and put them directly on your face, for no more than 30 seconds so that the skin does not burn. You will immediately feel a tensing effect. This is perfect after bathing.

Baking soda

Make a paste by mixing equal amounts of baking soda and warm water. Massage around the face in circular motions for 30 seconds and rinse with cold water. Repeat for an entire week and then only three times a week.

Baking soda