Pores are a natural conduit which help supply the skin with nutrient-rich natural oils so as to keep it hydrated and supple. They perform several important functions like eliminating toxins from the body, helping the skin breathe and controlling body temperature.
However, these pores can become clogged due to dirt and excess sebum. This gives them a dilated or even sometimes a flared appearance. These clogged pores can often result into acne and blackheads. People with oily skin unfortunately are more susceptible to clogged pores because their skin secretes more oil resulting in higher chances of this oil catching dirt and clogging up the pores.
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Prolonged sun exposure, aging, stress, genetics and a poor skincare routine serve to exacerbate and make the situation worse. It is therefore imperative to have a handy set of home remedies to help in tightening and unclogging the pores. We list them below.
Ice works as a simple and highly effective home remedy because of the tightening effect it has on the skin. When used correctly it helps improve circulation and promote a healthier skin.
Wrap a few ice cubes in a wash cloth and hold it on your skin for 15-30 seconds. Do this a few times on a daily basis. You can reduce the frequency as you see improvements.
- Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth)
Multani mitti is a natural remedy to visible and clogged pores as it helps absorb excess oil and dirt from the skin. Additionally, it reduces scars and benefits sun-damaged skin.
Use our recipe for Luxe Saffron Cleanser, which uses Multani mitti, Saffron, Suhaga and Rose water.
Yogurt contains lactic acid that gently removes excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells, thereby minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.
Apply a thin layer of plain yogurt directly on the face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and wash off with cold water. Repeat 3-4 times a week for atleast a month.
- Sugar Scrub Recipe
Homemade sugar scrubs are of great help as they gently exfoliate the skin and remove excess oil and impurities.
Take 1 tablespoon of Olive oil, 2 tablespoons of Sugar, and 4-5 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice, mix them well. Gently massage it to your skin for 30 seconds, then wash it off with cool water. Use this simple recipe once a week for visible improvements in the skin tone and texture.
- Lemon Juice, Rose Water and Cucumber Toner
Lemon juice is perhaps one of the best natural remedies for reducing visible pores, as it contains enzymes which firm up and tighten the facial skin.
Mix 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup of rose water, and 1/2 cup of cucumber juice. Apply a liberal amount on your skin, use a cotton pad for this purpose. Keep it on for 10 minutes and then wash off with cold water. This not only helps cleanse and tighten the pores but also helps lighten the skin tone.
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