5 Homemade Masks to Reduce Enlarged Pores

As well as helping reduce enlarged pores, these masks also help to unblock them, so you can avoid the appearance of blackheads, pimples, and acne.
5 Homemade Masks to Reduce Enlarged Pores
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Did you know that you can use homemade masks to help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores?

Pores protect you against aggressive agents in your environment and help regulate body temperature. However, in some areas, they’re more noticeable than in others.

Generally, their size varies depending on genetics, the activity of sebaceous glands, and hormonal changes.

This is often why pores tend to dilate, especially in the “T zone” of the face, back and arms. In other words, this dilation increases the appearance of blackheads and acne.

Fortunately, to avoid these imperfections, we can prepare some homemade masks from natural ingredients to help us to reduce their size effectively.

In this article, we want to share five natural face masks to help reduce enlarged pores. So, don’t hesitate to add them to your regular beauty routine.

Try them out!

1. Tomato and lemon to reduce enlarged pores


Tomatoes contain natural acids and polyphenols that, if used on skin, help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.

Combined with lemon juice, it allows us to remove excess grease and other waste that often causes blackheads and pimples.


  • 1 ripe tomato
  • The juice of ½ lemon


  • Crush a ripe tomato and mix it with the juice of half a lemon.

How to apply

  • At night, after removing makeup, rub the mask all over your face, focusing on the areas with enlarged pores.
  • Next, leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse.
  • Use it 2 or 3 times a week.
  • Most importantly, avoid using it during the day.

2. Almond flour and honey

Because of its exfoliating and repairing properties, this almond and honey mask helps to clean clogged pores while regenerating cells.

Likewise, its fatty acids, amino acids, and enzymes stimulate the sebaceous glands, reducing excess sebum and also dryness.


  • 1 tbsp. of almond flour (10 g)
  • 2 tbsps. of honey (50 g)


  • Mix the almond flour with a couple of tablespoons of honey.

How to apply

  • Rub the product over the areas you wish to treat and perform gentle circular massages for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Finally, repeat 3 times a week.

3. Natural yogurt and calendula oil

natural yogurt face mask to help get rid of enlarged pores

The lactic acid in natural yogurt helps restore the natural pH of the skin, sealing the enlarged pores and reducing acne.

Its effects are combined with the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory power of calendula oil, a product that protects against infections.


  • 3 tbsps. of plain yogurt (60 g)
  • 1 tsp. of calendula oil (5 g)


  • Pour the plain yogurt into a bowl and mix with the calendula oil.

How to apply

  • Spread the mask over the desired areas and let it act for 40 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Use it 3 times a week.

4. Egg white and lemon juice

The amino acids in egg whites combined with the vitamins and minerals of lemon juice allow us to obtain a regenerating and exfoliating treatment, ideal for cleaning clogged, dilated and enlarged pores.

Its regular application keeps the skin free of dead cells and excess sebum.


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice (10 ml)


  • Beat an egg white and mix with a tablespoon of lemon juice.

How to apply

  • After cleaning your face, leaving it free of makeup, spread the treatment to cover your face completely.
  • Leave the mask on for 40 minutes and remove it with plenty of warm water.
  • Use it only at night, twice a week.

5. Coconut milk and rose water

coconut milk

Coconut milk is an ingredient rich in amino acids and antioxidants which help cellular regeneration of the skin.

Its mixture with rose water results in an astringent and moisturizing tonic, ideal for cleaning pores and regulating the activity of the sebaceous glands.


  • 5 tbsps. of coconut milk (50 ml)
  • 3 tbsps. of rose water (30 ml)


  • Put the ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get a smooth mixture.

How to apply

  • Rub the mixture all over your face and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water, or remove the excess with a damp cloth.
  • Repeat this 2 or 3 times a week.

Do you have pimples or blackheads? Do your pores look open? If so, we encourage you to try any of the masks mentioned above and treat your skin without spending too much.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.