Natural Beauty Care Guide

How to Reduce Enlarged Pores

Pores are tiny openings in the skin-the points of entry of hair follicles, sweat glands and oil glands, from which oil flows to the surface of your skin. Usually resulting from the overactive sebaceous glands responsible for blackheads, enlarged pores most often appear where the glands are most concentrated, such as on the nose, inner aspects of the cheeks, and the chin. Men are especially vulnerable to this problem, but, as all of us age, our skin loses elasticity and pore openings expand. Improving your diet by including more vitamin-A-containing foods (A deficiency of vitamin A can cause dead cells below the skin surface to clog oil glands and distend the delicate openings.) While nothing short of plastic surgery will permanently alter existing pore size, much can be done to make large pores less obvious. To prevent pores from enlarging in the first place, don’t squeeze blackheads: It can rupture the hair follicles, causing that permanently enlarges that pores.

Also, stay out the sun. The damaging effects of the sun on your skin will finally catch up with your pores, “sun damage can cause blackheads, which enlarge the pores".

Benzoin :

To treat enlarged pores with equal amount of tincture of benzoin and water. Apply with a cotton ball after each daily cleansing.

Benzoin-cucumber lotion is an even more effective modern adaptation. Grate and mash (or whir in an electric blender) 1 cucumber. Strain into 1 cup of rose water and stir in 1 tablespoon tincture of benzoin. Refrigerate and apply with a cotton ball after each daily cleansing.

Buttermilk :

Stir 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal into 1/4 cup buttermilk. Cover and let stand overnight. Strain off the liquid and smooth it over your face. Wait for 20 minutes, rinse off with cool water, rub with an ice cube, and then blot dry.

Buttermilk salt is easier to prepare. Make a paste from buttermilk and table salt. Work into enlarged-pore areas and then rinse with warm water. Repeat several times a week.

Egg skin :

Egg skin is a pore-shrinker that also helps bring skin eruptions to a head. Break an egg, reserve its contents for other use, then carefully remove the membrane from the inside of the shell. Smooth this egg skin over the enlarged pores; let dry before peeling off.

© Copyright Natural Beauty Care Guide 2006 - 2009