Enlarged pores are concern for many women of all ages and skin types, especially for those with oily and combination skin. If you don’t take care of your skin properly these pores will become larger and larger and may be easily clogged which usually leads to blackheads, pimples, discolorations, excessive sebum production. If you don’t treat the large pores at early stage the pores can look worse than they actually are. Enlarged pores usually appear on the T-zone – forehead, chin and especially around the nose and a concern mainly during puberty.
Causes of Large Pores
There are two main factors that contribute to large pores: genetics and age. People who have skin that is naturally thick and oily tend to have larger pores. As people get older, too, sun damage and decreased skin elasticity can cause pores to dilate. The skin thickens, causing tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pores and make them look larger. Blackheads are also a big contributor to large pores. When the pore becomes clogged by dirt and bacteria, oil within the pore begins to accumulate, causing the pore’s diameter to expand.
A potent astringent, lemon juice tones your skin and reduces the appearance of large pores. In her book “Natural Beauty Secrets From India,” Roshni Dayal recommends soaking a clean cotton pad in lemon juice and dabbing it onto your face to shrink pores. Leave the juice on for about five minutes, and rinse with cool water. Follow with an application of oil-free moisturizer to prevent dryness. Individuals prone to dry skin should avoid lemon juice or dilute one part juice in two parts rosewater before applying.
Applying almond meal to your skin helps refine pores and diminishes their appearance, explains Lydia Wilen in “Healing Remedies.” Make your own almond meal by pulsing 1/3 cup almonds in a blender until you achieve a powdered consistency, or purchase almond meal at well-stocked supermarkets and natural health stores. Combine two parts almond meal to one part water to create a thick paste, and spread gently over enlarged pores in an even layer. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes, rinse with tepid water and pat your skin dry. Repeat the treatment two to three times a week for the best results.
Jude C. Todd, author of “Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies,” suggests applying a compress made with astringent herbs to help reduce the appearance of large pores on the face. Put 1 tbsp. dried herbs or 2 tbsp. fresh herbs into a heat-proof container, and pour 1 cup boiling water over them. Cover and steep until the liquid reaches room temperature, about an hour. Strain the herbs from the water, and soak a cotton cloth in the liquid. Apply to the face, and leave on for about 15 minutes. Repeat once or twice daily. Parsley, burdock, thyme and lemon balm are astringent herbs that work well for treating large pores.