8 Ways To Shrink And Minimize Your Skin Pores

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Acne, pimples, and dark-heads can all be avoided by simply trying to keep your skin healthy. Clogged pores can affect the skin even after a pimple has healed.

Acne can cause the skin to stretch. If it is recurring then it will leave scars on the face. The skin can produce too much heat. It can lead to swelling in the pores.

Dark-heads makes you look unattractive.

This article provides you with insight on how to shrink and minimize skin pores. It also tells you how to keep your skin healthy.

What are pores?

Pores are tiny openings on our skin. They are essential to our skin as they help release toxins from our body.They also support the hair follicles. Each opening contains a sebaceous gland which releases oil called sebum.This helps the skin stay hydrated and lubricated.

People who have oily skin tend to have larger pores. But it can be because of some other reasons too.

How do we get large pores?

Large pores depend on several factors.

1. Genetics

If your parents have large pores then you will tend to have large pores. This trait can be passed on.

2. Age

When you grow older your skin loses its elasticity. The renewal of skin cell stops. The skin tightness is lost and large pores can be seen.

3. Gender

Men tend to have larger pores than women. But during hormonal changes, menstruation, women can experience this often.

4. Unhygienic condition

If the face is not washed regularly, the dust/dead skin cells and oil can clog the pore. This can stretch and enlarge it.

5. External factors

The exposure to the sun can cause pores to enlarge. The pollution in the environment can also affect the skin resulting in large pores. And applying make-up can clog the pores. The pores keep producing oil and the skin swells. This can result in acne.

All these factors can lead to an unhealthy build up in the pores. And that can result in blackheads, pimple, acne and leave you with marks on the face.

Follow the next steps to shrink your large pores.

How to minimize pores?

  1. Natural homemade remedies

  2. Dermatologist recommended medicines

Natural homemade remedies

Large pores can be annoying and look ugly. They can create a lot of problems for your skin too. Here are simple natural homemade remedies that can make your pores look smaller .


  1. Aloevera gel

Aloevera has cleansing properties. It can clear the dirt and the oil from the skin. Once the skin is clear the pore size will reduce.

  • Apply

Take fresh Aloevera gel and rub it gently on your face. Keep it on for at least 15 minutes then rinse with cold water.

You have to apply it daily.

  1. Ice

Ice is the simplest of home remedies. Ice can reduce the pores by tightening the skin around it.

  • Apply

Wrap a few ice cubes in a cloth piece and rub gently on the face for 10-15 minutes. Do this at least 3-4 times a day. Once you see an improvement you can reduce the number.

Ice can help with circulation and freshening of the skin.

You can apply ice before putting your make-up. This won’t allow the make-up to go inside the pore.

For more benefits, cucumber juice, apple juice, and rose water can be added.

  1. Gramflour (Besan)

Gramflour (Besan) helps remove the dead skin cells. It also helps shrink the pores.

  • Apply

Make a fine paste of gramflour mixed with turmeric powder, yogurt and few drops of olive oil.

Apply it to the skin and leave it 15-20 minutes.

Rinse it with cold water. Recommended twice a week.

  1. MultaniMitti (Fuller’s Earth)

Multanimitti or the fuller’s earth is an excellent way of unclogging the pores. It can absorb oil easily. It also has cleansing properties and can remove impurities.

Multanimitti has whitening properties too. It will make your skin glow.

  • Apply

Make a paste of Multanimitti with rose water. Apply and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.

Recommended twice a week.

  1. Yogurt

Lactic acid in yogurt tightens the skin around the pores. It can get rid of dead skin cells and blemishes too. Yogurt has cooling effects on the skin.

  • Apply

Apply plain yogurt pack on the face. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Recommended twice a week.

There are plenty of homemade remedies but I have listed the most common and easily available at hand.

Toners, moisturizers, and sunscreen can be used too. But make sure that you wash your face with cold water so that the pores are closed. And then you can apply.

Dermatologist recommended medicines

The dermatologists also provide several methods for minimize the open pores.

They are listed below.

  1. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic can seep into the opening of sebaceous ducts (oil glands) and remove keratin plug (the dead cells). This help in reducing your open pores.

Many toners and face packs are available in the market with salicylic acid. Use those only.

  1. Retinoid cream

Retinoid cream helps in reducing oil secretions and open pores. It helps in unclogging dead skin cells.

If you want to apply some medicines, apply retinoid first. When it unclogs the pores, you can apply the medicine for faster penetration and better effect.

  1. Laser treatment

Laser treatment can be effective in reducing open pores. These lasers induce collagen remodelling. Collagen is a protein found in our body. It is there in the skin too. The laser treatment remodels our skin and reduces bigger pits and craters on the skin.


Use the above-mentioned treatments only after consulting a dermatologist. These methods are not always effective and research are still being conduct to improve them.

Misconceptions about pores

  • Pores open and close

This is the biggest misconception you have. Pores do not open and close. Their size depends on your genes.

  • Pores shrink

You cannot reduce the size of your pores permanently. The sebum that is deposited in the pore can be removed. This will make the pore, less visible on your face. Yes, it will be less noticeable but won’t shrink.


It is most important to keep your skin healthy. The pores help your skin breathe and throw out toxins. These methods will help you do exactly that.

If you have any severe skin problems please consult a dermatologist for proper treatment. Otherwise, the home remedies have been found quite effective.

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