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Here are some excellent Pore Minimizing DIY face masks to tighten your large open pores and make them look smaller.

But before we get into the DIY recipes, let’s learn “What is a pore?, What are the types of pores present on our skin?, and  What Makes it look large? So we know what exactly our target is. And why not? After all, it is always best to know the details before you start working on anything or before you start consuming anything.  

What are Pores?

Pores are minute openings that are present throughout the surface of your skin. These pores are responsible to release sweat and oil from your body. There are 2 types of pores, Sweat pores, and Oil pores.


Sweat Pores are present on your entire body on your entire skin, including your scalp, palms, and feet. These types of pores are very minute and usually cannot be seen through naked eyes. As the name says these pores are responsible for releasing sweat from your body and are connected to your sweat glands.



These types of pores are usually connected to the oil-producing glands present on your skin except for your skin on palms and skin on feet. It is the oil pores that always appear large on the skin and gets clogged easily by Sebum, dust, and other external elements. People complaining about large pores and other pore issues are usually referring to the oil pores.

Today we will be focusing on Oil pores only, as they are the ones that make us worry all the time.

What Makes The Pores Look Large

There are many reasons as to why the pores appear large.

  1. The Pores start to appear large as you age. That is, as a person grows older their skin tends to lose its elasticity which causes the skin to stretch and sag making the pores look larger.
  2. If you ever see your pores suddenly looking large then know that it is because of the sebum accumulation in your pores. When the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum than required they tend to fit themself inside the pores as much as they can before they overflow and make your skin look oily. This usually happens on the nose, cheeks, and scalp.
  3. One more major reason, why your pores appear large is Sun Damage. Long term sun exposure without any sun protection (Sunscreen) will make your skin lose its moisture, collagen, and elasticity, resulting in dry skin. Moisture less dry skin will make your skin stretch and will also make your pores look large.

The size of your pores depends on your genes and there is no permanent solution to get rid of your pores. In fact, it is not advisable to even take medical procedures to get rid of these pores as they are very important and play a fair role in having glowing skin. Although you cannot get rid of your pores, Pore minimizing can be your solution. You surely can do things to make your pores appear small.

There are a few pore minimizing steps that every skincare enthusiast should follow consistently to help your skin have small pores, unclogged pores, and make your skin look like glass.

  1. Always wash your face twice a day with the right cleanser. 
  2. Exfoliate your skin regularly.
  3. Use clay masks to eliminate excess oil.
  4. Apply sunscreen every 3 hours.
  5. Use AHA, BHA, Retinol, and Vitamin C products in your skin care routine.
  6. Religiously follow CTM (Cleanser, toner, Moisturizer).
  7. Use warm water to cleanse your face and not hot water. Hot water will irritate your skin and make your pores appear large.
  8. Regularly steam your face and do facials.



Pore Minimizing DIY Face Masks

Here are some best Pore Minimizing homemade face masks that will work excellently on your skin and will not just minimize your pore but will also improve your skin texture making it glowing and glass like.

Fuller’s Earth and Rose Water Mask

Clay masks are the best when it comes to absorbing and removing sebum, dirt, and other bacteria on your skin. And one amazing DIY clay mask is a fullers earth- Rosewater mask. Fuller’s earth is a great pore minimizing remedy. While fullers earth removed dirt and excess sebum from your face, rose water will maintain the PH level of your skin and plays a fair role in minimizing your pores due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. 

RECIPE: Take 2 tablespoons of fullers earth and add rose water to make a thick clay like consistency. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on till it is completely dry. Wash it off with lukewarm or tepid water and splash cold water in the end. 

Egg white, Honey & Lemon Juice Mask

If you have oily, acne-prone skin with large pores then this mask is just for you. Eggs are well known as deep cleansers. While eggs deep clean your pores, the Citric acid in the lemon juice will remove the excess oil and prevent acne occurrence and Honey will moisturize your skin and reduce blemishes. 

RECIPE:  Take Egg white from one egg and add lemon juice and honey to it as required. Mix the 3 ingredients well and apply it on your face evenly avoiding the eyes and lips area using a brush. Let it dry completely. Your skin will feel tight as it dries and that’s completely fine. Wash it off with tepid water and lastly splash cold water.

Coffee, Cocoa & Yogurt Mask

This mask is best for dry skin. As I said earlier when your skin is too dry it loses its elasticity and stretches your skin making the pores appear large. Yogurt is one of the best natural moisturizers. It will keep your skin hydrated and will also aid in blemishes. Whilst Cocoa and Coffee will increase your skin’s elasticity due to its antioxidant properties making the pores appear small.

RECIPE: Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt and half tablespoon of coffee and half tablespoon cocoa powder and make a thick clay-like paste. Apply it on your face evenly and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse it with normal water and pat dry your face.


Oatmeal & Gram Flour Mask

Oatmeal is considered to be an effective ingredient when it comes to pore minimizing and pore tightening. It reduces sebum and makes your skin clean and clear. Gram Flour deep cleans the pores and brightens skin.

RECIPE: Take 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and one tablespoon of gram flour and mix it with raw milk to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on cleansed skin and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. After that rinse the mask off with normal water and pat dry your face.

Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are one of the quickest ways to reduce the appearance of pores size and an excellent pore minimizing solution.. Inflammation in the skin is one of the reasons why pores appear large. Rubbing ice cubes reduces inflammation and smothens out your skin.

RECIPE: Wrap an ice cube in a cotton cloth and rub it on your face gently in circular motion.

To gain extra benefit from this method you can make ice cubes of rice water or green tea and use it on your face as they will help with acne too.