Usually, pores are genetically determined, but other factors can affect the visibility of our pores. For instance, an overproduction of sebum can make pores appear larger. “If oil, toxins, dirt, and makeup collect in the pore, this can weigh it down and stretch it, making our pores appear much bigger than they are on the surface of the skin,” explains Nina.

Aging skin is another culprit. “The skin around the pore can become less elastic as we age, making it appear larger,” says Nina.

Likewise, the sun dehydrates your skin, explains Nina, which makes the oil glands over-grown, “this, in turn, makes pores look bigger,” she notes.

As for other factors, inadequate skin cleansing, occlusive (or overly thick) makeup, and non-medical grade skin care (which may use ingredients that block pores) can also contribute

“No! It’s a myth! Pores do not open and close like doors,” says Nina. Why? They’re simply openings in our skin and, crucially, they don’t have muscles attached to them so they can’t pull and contract.

Instead, cold water can make blood vessels constrict, making pores appear smaller for the short time they’re cool, while hot water and steam can loosen up the sebum and debris inside the pore, enabling it to be squeezed out more easily (though we know we’re not supposed to). So, “they can temporarily appear to close with cold and open with heat but for a very short time, they then they go back to normal size,” says Nina.

That’s negative, which means we’re stuck with what we’re given. “Unfortunately, once pores have stretched, they cannot go back to their original size,” says Nina. However, the good news is, we can make them appear smaller. “Large pores can continue enlarging if you allow them to stretch out and become clogged with whiteheads, blackheads, sebum, and dirt,”

Home Remedies to Minimize Open Pores Naturally

A 2015 study concluded that the size of skin pores is purely an aesthetic consideration . It can also be said that pore-closing products are nothing but a myth. The only step you can take is to remove all the nasty things accumulated in the pores and keep them unclogged. Here are 10 simple home remedies to minimize open pores naturally:


1. Steaming

Give yourself a steamy facial twice a week. You might argue that this opens up pores even more and makes you sweat. Well, the idea is to open them up and clean them out thoroughly by eliminating all oil, dirt, and grime settled inside. You can also add some skin-friendly herbs or essential oils (clove essential oil, cinnamon bark essential oil, etc.) to the steam to reap the maximum benefits. Once done with steaming, wash off your face with a mild cleanser and cold water. Then, apply rose water or any toner of your choice to seal the pores and prevent new bacteria from entering. This will remove the discoloration caused by clogged pores and minimize their sizes to make them less visible.

Lemon juice has excellent astringent properties, which help tighten the

skin by uncloggingthe pores and shrinking them over time. The citric

acid content of lemon juice loosens as wellas breaks the chemical bond

between the impurities and the skin, thus clearing out poresnaturally .

 It also regulates the production of sebum in the skin. Being a natural

source of vitamin C, it whitens the skin and gives it a healthy glow too.

Simply cut the lemon into half,dilute its juice with some water, and

apply it to your face with a cotton ball. Leave it onfor10 minutes and

then, wash off with lukewarm water.

Apart from lemon, the other two ingredients used in this scrub are also effective in reducing pore size. Honey is a natural astringent that shrinks large open pores, especially in areas like the nose, cheeks, etc. while the antioxidant properties of the ingredient make the skin look healthy and youthful. On the other hand, sugar exfoliates the skin by sloughing dead cell build-ups off the pores. Before starting, you must cleanse your face well. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of brown or white sugar until it forms a grainy paste of medium consistency. Massage it well into the damp face for 5 minutes and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Finish it up with a toner and moisturizer.



Papaya is not only an amazing exfoliator but it also unclogs the pores and

eliminates blackheads by purifying the skin deeply . The fruit is also

known for its potentantioxidants that help in toning and tightening the skin.

So, the next time you cutpapaya, save a few pieces for your face. You can

mash them into a paste and applythe mask to your face. Leave it on for

10 minutes and then, wash it off with cold water.


When it comes to minimizing pores by drying the sebum underneath and pulling impurities out of them, clay masks work wonders. They may even reduce inflammation and the appearance of acne lesions by 54% when combined with jojoba oil .  Multani mitti or fuller’s earth is known to be the most effective clay mask for minimizing open pores and hence, is widely utilized in spas and skin clinics . After cleansing and scrubbing the face, apply the cool mask of Multani mitti mixed with rose water all over it. Leave it on until dries completely and you feel that your pores are tightening. Then, wash it off with cold water. Repeat this twice or thrice every week for visible reduction of pores.


This is probably the easiest and the most cost-effective method you

can ever try to reduce the appearanceof your pores instantly. All you

need to do is run an ice cube all over your face and massage your skin

with it for a few minutes. Then, allow it to dry naturally. Ice cube works

like magic in shrinking poresbecause of its cold temperature. Along the

same lines, splash your face with really cold water wheneveryour pores

seem too big or your face gets oily. This is an easy and sure-fire way to

constrict pores.



In worldwide cooking practice, cornflour is used to thicken gravies as it helps absorb water. The same property of cornflour may help it absorb excess oil from the skin and shrink the pores. Combine 1 teaspoon of cornflour with a few drops of honey and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply it all over the cleansed face. With this mask on, your skin will feel tighter, which is a sign that your pores are shrinking. Wash it away with plain water after 15-30 minutes and follow up with a mild non-drying toner and moisturizer.




Egg white tightens and tones the skin naturally. This makes the pores appear smaller by shrinking them in size as well as treats virulent forms of acne successfully . Just crack open an egg and separate the white parts from the yolk. Apply the egg white to the cleansed face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. Make sure that you apply your go-to moisturizer afterward to help the skin feel hydrated.

 5. Clay Mask5
6. Ice Cube Massage
7. Cornflour Mask
8. Egg White Mask

In-Office Methods To Help Reduce Pore-Size

1. Chemical Peels

Your dermatologist may recommend a chemical peel based on your skin type and how deep and large your pores appear.

If your large pores are the result of oily skin, peels with hyaluronic acid are recommended. These peels work as exfoliators. They speed-up the process of exfoliation and improve elasticity.

2. Microneedling

This process uses tiny needles to stimulate collagen production in the skin. It improves texture and makes the skin look firm. Microneedling can be used to tighten large pores.

Like every other in-office procedure, microneedling comes with its own set of side-effects.

These include temporary swelling, redness, and bleeding.

3. Laser Resurfacing

Certain laser treatments help in reducing pore size.  Laser therapy rejuvenates the skin, resulting in a smooth texture and even tone.

Before going for laser therapy, talk to your dermatologist. He will recommend it based on your skin type and medical history.




Preventive Skincare for Open Pores

So, how to stop your skin pores from getting larger? Just follow some tried-and-tested preventive measures. Here we go:

  • Wash your face twice daily with a gel-based cleanser that contains glycolic acid. It will keep oiliness at bay, prevent large pores, and treat acne effectively. 

  • Apply topical retinoids once every day as they have been found to reduce the appearance of large pores to some extent .

  • Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times every week with a gentle facial scrub containing either AHAs or BHAs  to get rid of toxins, dirt, oil, and dead cells trapped in your pores.

  • Use only water-based, non-comedogenic skincare products to avoid extra oil getting into your pores and making them appear larger.