Physical reduction of skin pores is practically impossible because the size of the pores is determined by biological characteristics like heredity and genetics. However, it is possible to minimise the pores in terms of their appearance and look on the face. These pores contain sebaceous glands which produce the oil required to maintain the skin moisture. However, over-secretion of this leads to some people having oily skin. Trapped oil or sebum and dead skin cells often stretch out pores and that is why it is important to take care to reduce them. Here are the 10 Best Tips to Reduce Skin Pores on Face:

10. Ice and cold water:

Using ice against a swelling is a very common remedy to lessen it. Using the same logic, ice can be used to reduce the skin pores on face. Not only does the ice shrink pores, tightening the skin but also freshens one up in the tropical heat. Wrapping an ice cube in a relatively thin, clean cloth and pressing it against the skin for a few seconds each time can lead to reduction of the pores in the long run. You can keep doing this multiple times during the day. Alternatively, washing your face with extremely cold or chilling water twice daily can also serve the same purpose. However, if this is taken to the extreme, it can lead to dryness and so care must be taken.

ice and cold water

9. Yogurt:

Yogurt contains pro-active lactic bacteria and pro-biotics which combat acne-causing bacteria and thus, reduces the size of clogged pores keeping the face clean. Plain, fresh yogurt must be stirred well and applied on the face for at the most ten minutes. After this, it must be washed off with cold water. This can be practised about once or twice a week and will result in a visibly more glowing face.


8. Baking Soda:

Baking Soda is a reactive material which can effectively clean clogged pores and reduces the outstretched ones. Its reactive nature makes it tricky to use on sensitive skin and that is why precautions must be taken to avoid irritation. It can be tested on the inner side of the elbow before being put on the face. Equal portions of baking soda and lukewarm water can be mixed to form a paste. Use this paste to exfoliate the skin of your face by massaging it gently in circular motion. After about half to one minute, the paste can be rinsed off using cool water. This remedy can be followed daily in the first week and subsequently, the frequency can be reduced to thrice a week.

baking soda

7. Eggs:

Egg whites can do wonders for your skin pores. In order to make use of them, whisk two egg whites and mix that with the juice of half a lemon. Apply this mixture onto your face and wait for it to completely dry up. Ultimately, rinse off with cold water. This can be done two to three times a week. To make it more effective, a tablespoon of oatmeal can also be added to the mixture. This way it can be used as a scrub instead. The result is reduced skin pores!


6. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and balances the pH of the skin. Since it is a very strong agent that tightens and dries the skin, it must be diluted before application. There must be equal proportions of water and apple cider vinegar in the mixture. It can be applied on the face using cotton swabs. If you find your skin becoming too dry, it is advisable to use a moisturiser after its application.

apple cider

5. Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are one of the best ingredients to reduce skin pores. First, the cucumber must be grated to obtain its juice. Once you have the juice, cotton balls may be used to apply this to your face. According to your skin type, leave it for about fifteen to twenty minutes after which you may wash it off with cold water. It is a soothing and refreshing application.


4. Fuller’s Earth:

Fuller’s earth, also known as multani mitti, is a type of clay that has the ability to absorb all sorts of impurities from oils and fats. Fuller’s earth must be mixed with enough plain water or rose water to make a muddy paste. This must be applied on the face for about twenty minutes. Once it becomes relatively dry, use cool water to rinse or scrub it off. This mask can be applied once or twice a week, as per the need of the individual.


3. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes have astringent properties and this means that they can absorb excess skin oil, tighten pores and reduce the size of skin pores. They also slow down the aging process and heal the skin quickly. To use tomatoes to shrink skin pores, the tomato juice must be mixed with a few drops of lime juice. This mixture must be applied on the face for around fifteen minutes and then rinsed off with cool water. This also has the added benefit of lightening the blemishes and scars from acne or pimples.


2. Sugar:

Sugar, combined with a variety of other ingredients, makes for an excellent method of reducing skin pores. Sugar can be sprinkled on a wedge of lemon that can then be applied on to the face. The application must be left for about ten minutes and rinse it off with cool water. You can go a step further and mix two spoons of sugar, a spoon of olive oil and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. This mixture can be applied on to the face for about a minute before rinsing it off with cool water. Alternatively, sugar and lemon juice can be mixed with honey to make a homemade scrub. After scrubbing for a bit, it can be left for ten minutes on the face beyond which it must be washed off with plain water.

Heap Of Sugar


Steam bath is considered to be one of the best options for opening clogged pores that may be filled with impurities. For a refreshing, relaxing and nourishing steam bath, herbs and scented oils may be added to the steam bath. Relaxing scents include rosemary, basil, mint, or lavender. More easily available would be lemon peels and orange peels. You should expose your face to the steam for about ten to fifteen minutes, inhaling deeply as you do so. This will allow your skin to absorb the nourishment from the scents and herbs. The oxygen from the steam will open up the pores of your skin thoroughly. It is important to wash your face using water that is neither too cool nor too hot so as to rid the skin of oils or dirt that may be released from these pores. After this, pat dry using a clean, dry towel.  Avoid using any lotions or creams lest they clog the pores yet again.



It is obviously not wise to try all the remedies at once because that can tire the skin out and exhaust its capacity to rejuvenate itself. Overdoing any method may result in adverse results and skin irritation. That is why it is suggested that you try one remedy a day and then decide which one suits you the best. So here’s wishing you a happy skin pore reduction journey!