Natural Homemade Remedies for Enlarged Pores

If you worry about how the skin on your face looks and you feel you have a lot of imperfections in addition to large pores, it's best to visit a dermatologist and follow their advice.
Natural Homemade Remedies for Enlarged Pores
Maricela Jiménez López

Written and verified by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 25 July, 2022

Having large pores and having blemishes every five minutes isn’t fun for anyone. For that reason, many people look for ways to fight this problem. Keep reading to discover the best natural remedies for enlarged pores

Large pores can become clogged easily, especially by dirt and sweat, and they later develop into pimples and comedones.

Although it’s true that the best thing to do would be to visit a dermatologist to receive treatment according to your specific skin type, some people decide to try some homemade recipes.

Natural homemade remedies for large pores

Although there’s no scientific evidence that says the following remedies are efficient when it comes to clearing your skin, or specifically, reduce the appearance of large pores, there are people who decide to try them.

It’s important to clarify that natural remedies aren’t 100% safe or efficient simply because they’re made with natural ingredients. So, if you do decide to use one of them, bear in mind that there’s a certain risk of suffering from an adverse reaction, especially if you suffer from some kind of skin disorder like atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.

Tomato pulp

tomatoes and make up brush and spoon into a mask based on tomato pulp
Tomatoes cant close pores. However, due to their water and antioxidant content, they help to improve how the appearance of the skin and, in turn, the pores.

According to some beliefs, the tomato is a food with antioxidant and astringent properties that can help to reduce the appearance of large pores and impurities.

Egg white for enlarged pores

People tend to say that you can apply egg whites to the skin as a mask to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce the number of impurities. When it comes to taking it off, it adheres to the skin and helps to “pull out” some of the blackheads.

  • Beat the egg white well
  • Apply the mask using a brush. Let it dry completely and then, with care, remove it.
  • Wash your face with warm water and neutral soap.

Salt and cream

Many people believe that exfoliating the skin regularly can help to clean the skin and reduce the number of imperfections on your skin. However, you should take care with this because not all skin types should be exfoliated as often nor with the same methods.

If your dermatologist authorizes it, try the following mixture of salt and cream. Apparently, it’s a remedy that can help to minimize large pores.

  • Mix a tablespoon of cream with a teaspoon of salt. Apply to the affected areas in gentle circular motions.
  • Let it work for 20 minutes, then rinse clean with warm water.

Papaya peel

Some people say that papaya peel is rich in nutrients and compounds that are beneficial to skin health.

To take advantage of this, rub the inside of the peel on the areas of your face that have more open pores. Let it work for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Honey for enlarged pores

honey in a wooden bowl in the sun

Honey has many medicinal benefits, but when it comes to caring for your skin, the antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties stand out.

For that reason, people say applying a little honey to a clean face as a mask can help reduce a number of imperfections without drying or damaging your skin!


Many people believe that preparing a homemade tonic with celery can combat imperfections and improve the appearance of your skin. However, there’s no evidence of this being effective.

If you decide to try this remedy, you should consult your doctor first and always do a patch test on your forearm, to see how your skin reacts. Don’t apply it to large ar. eas of skin on the first try.

Aloe vera

woman applying aloe vera to her face sitting on her bed smiling

This plant is rich in nutrients and possesses diverse properties. Additionally, many people believe that it can help complement your skincare routine and also improve your appearance in a short time.

To enjoy its properties, you just have to apply a little aloe vera gel over your face. Leave it all night and the following day, wash it off with an abundance of fresh water.

To show off your beautiful skin, always take care of it

To ensure your skin looks healthy and pretty, it’s best to visit a dermatologist to see what types of products you should use daily, which elements you should avoid, and which treatment options are the best for your specific case.

It’s possible that a professional will recommend specific products, or even suggest laser treatment. It all depends on the case.

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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.