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17 Amazing Ways to Shrink Ugly Pores Naturally

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You wake up feeling refreshed and thinking of this perfect date night you’re looking forward to with your boyfriend. Part of your morning routine is to brush your pearly whites, fix your hair, and cleanse your skin, right?

After a good cleansing, you notice the infamous large pores on your cheeks and nose! They look like little pot-holes. You start to freak out and don’t know what to do! Now your confidence has dropped tremendously.


You have a date night with your man and you want to look fabulous all night long. Now you’re thinking, what if he sees all these large open pores on your skin? Will I be able to get rid of this quickly? Where did they come from? Can I cover it with makeup?

Look here for the perfect dress for your date night!

Can you shrink your pores?

Although we cannot completely shrink our pores, there is a way to get your natural skin to look flawless! That means you won’t have to use a ton of makeup to attempt to cover large pores on your skin. You would only clog them with more junk! Your skin can look amazing every day!

I can’t wait to share these simple hacks to help you look and feel beautiful 24/7.

First, you will have to understand more about your pores so that you can know how to properly treat your skin. Once you know more about how to minimize your facial pores then you can confidently flaunt your first impression(your face) with pride! Are you ready to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing? Let’s dig into the good stuff!

Why are my pores so big?

When we were younger our skin had more elasticity, keeping our skin tightened! But as we grow older, things change! Our bodies start to change. Age, dirt, oil, sweat, sun damage and acne are a few of the reasons why we experience large facial pores. People with oily skin are most likely to have large pores as well.

When our pores are clogged, oil glands still pump our sebum, trapping it underneath the clog(dirt, oil, etc.) Because of this, the edge of the pore is stretched, causing it to be visible on your face, even after the clog is gone.

How do I stop my pores from clogging?

There are many ways to keep your pores clear of clogs. Some may be simple and others are not so simple. Here are a few tips to keeping your pores clog-free so that they can breathe.

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Simples ways to clear up the clogs…

  • Have a daily skin care routine for morning and night
  • Exfoliate regularly(maybe 2-3 times a week)
  • Use pore clearing products. Be choosy!
  • Get extractions! You can do it yourself or have it done by someone you trust.
  • Eat healthy foods. Fast foods will affect your skin!
  • Drink plenty of water daily!
  • Protect your skin from the sun.

Today, we are going to talk about several natural ways you can shrink your pores at home using items you probably have right now!

17 Natural Ways to Minimize Your Pores

Banana Peel

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1 banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon witch hazel(optional)

Rub inside of a banana peel on the skin, in a circular motion, for 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water. You can do this twice a week. Source found here.

Benefits: Bananas contain lutein which gives skin nourishment. Potassium helps to achieve flawless looking skin.

Aloe Vera Gel

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Using a pure aloe plant, squeeze out the gel and apply it to your face as a mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes or overnight. See the difference in your pore size when you wake up.

Rinse well with cool water and pat dry. Use this method 2-3 times a week.

Benefits: Moisturizes skin, astringent to tighten pores, removes toxins, and reduces swelling from acne

Charcoal Mask

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1 tablespoon activated charcoal, 1-2 tablespoon rose water,
½ tablespoon bentonite clay

Mix to make a paste. Rub onto your face and neck in a circular motion then let dry. Rinse well with water. You can use this method once a week.

Benefits: Absorbs oil, clears blackheads and dirt from pores


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1 teaspoon turmeric powder and few drops of water

Apply a thin layer, leave on for 10mins and rinse with cool water. Use this once a week.

Benefits: Kills bacteria and reduces skin inflammation and minimizes the appearance of large pores

Rice Water

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Part 1 -> 1 cup of water, ½ cup of rice(plain)

Part 2 -> ½ cup rice water, ½ tsp tea tree essential oil, ½ tsp mint oil, cotton ball

Boil rice and water(part 1) together until you get fermented water. Let cool then strain the water. Continue to part 2 and apply the mixture to your face using a cotton ball. Let sit for 10-15mins. Rinse well with lukewarm water. This can be used up to twice a day.

Benefits: Helps clear skin, add hydration and shrink pores

Multani Mitti(Fuller’s Earth)

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2 tbsp Multani Mitti, 1 – 1 ½ tbsp rose water, ½ tbsp lemon juice, (optional add-ins) 1 tbsp oatmeal

Mix ingredients well to create a thin paste. Apply to your face and neck, let dry for about 5-10 minutes. Try not to let it sit too long to avoid drying out your skin. Rinse with cool water. Source found here.

Benefits: Removes excess oil and dirt from the skin, unclogs the pores. Minimizes the appearance of large pores.

Mint Leaves

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2tbsp crushed mint leaves and leave it to sit in apple cider vinegar for one week. Strain out the mint(after the week is over). Add one cup of water and use it as a regular toner.

Benefits: Removes blackheads and whiteheads, reduce pore size, and it’s a natural astringent


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½ cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 1 cup gelatin

Apply to your face and neck, let dry for 10-15mins then rinse well with water. Use this method 1-2 times a week. Source found here.

Benefits: Hydrates dry skin, reduces large pores appearance, tones and leaves skin feeling like silk.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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One part water and one part apple cider vinegar. Wipe with a cotton ball after you have cleansed your skin in the morning and at night.

Benefits: I couldn’t leave this off this list! I love this stuff to death! Not only is it good to keep your body alkalized but it is a great toner for your skin. Toners help to shrink pores drastically!


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¼ cup of raw papaya, 1 tsp pineapple juice(optional)

Apply to your face like a mask and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm or cool water. Papaya mask can be used weekly.

Benefits: Hydrates skin, evens skin tone, shrinks large pores


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Dilute lemon juice with water(equal parts like ½ lemon and ½ water) or you can use lemon juice only. Rub on to your face and neck and rinse after 15mins. You can do this 2-3 times a week.

Benefits: It has lots of benefits but not recommended for dry skin. It is a natural astringent, tightens skin and clears out impurities.


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Use the pulp from inside the tomato or cut a tomato in half and rub onto your face. Leave on 10-15mins and rinse well. It’s safe to use this method daily.

Benefits: Natural astringent like lemons. Great way to shrink pores.


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1tbp honey and 1 tbsp sugar
1tbsp, few drops of olive oil, 1tbsp sugar

Apply to your face like a mask and let it sit for 5-10mins, rinse well. Use an oil-free moisturizer(like this one) afterward.

Benefits: Has antibacterial and antioxidant properties according to “Huda Beauty” and honey won’t clog your pores. Hallelujah!

Egg White

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One egg white, ¼ cup of aloe gel, few drops of lemon juice(optional)

Let this fully dry on your skin and rinse well with cool water. You can do this once a week.

Benefits: Good base for toning, skin tightening, extract oils and impurities. It also gives a dewy look and healthy skin.

Tea Tree Oil

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3 drops of tea tree oil, 1 tsp jojoba oil, ½ chopped tomato

Mix well together until you have a paste. Wear the mask for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Start small and use this about 1-2 times a week. Not recommended for sensitive skin.

Benefits: Dries out blackheads, fights against bacteria and unclogs pores.

Rose Water

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You can make your rose water(follow youtube videos) yourself or you can purchase 100% pure rose water.

Put some into a spray bottle and spritz onto your cleansed skin. You do not have to rinse this off. Not recommended for sensitive skin or if you have rosacea!

Benefits: Anti-aging properties, controls excess oil, hydrates, cleans pores and tones the skin.


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Mash a few pieces of pineapple or simply use the juice and rub on your skin. Let it sit for 5-10mins, rinse well.

Benefits: Reduces wrinkles, clears pores, gets rid of blackheads, shrinks pores and brightens skin.

Where do I start now?

Create a simple morning and night skincare routine. Pick any of these DIYs from the list above and try a new one every week until you have found the one that’s perfect for you! Work these natural home remedies into your daily skin care routine and be patient! You won’t ever have to worry about how your skin will look on date night again because now you can predict it will be beautiful with the many options available.

Have you tried any of these natural home remedies to shrink your pores? If not, which one are you curious to try today?

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