How to Shrink Pores on Face, Cheeks at Home Naturally


Is it possible to shrink pores? Find out from this article how to shrink pores on face, cheeks, legs, and scalp among other parts. Learn how to shrink pores at home naturally.

If you have suffered from acne even for a few months, then you must understand what I must be going through. Large pores and scars on my face and most prominently on my cheeks have been part of my life since adolescence. Over the years, I have learned to love my skin and look for ways to take good care of it to avoid more breakouts.

A honey brown sugar facial scrub will help shrink visible facial pores
A honey brown sugar facial scrub will help shrink visible facial pores

At first, I did not know how to handle my acne and therefore, I would visit all renowned dermatologists in my town to get a cure for my skin condition. Unfortunately, some of the medications made it worse, while others got rid of the pimples and left me with big scars and pores.

It took me to changing my eating habits to clear the acne. I started eating more of vegetables, fruits and less sugary foods. Furthermore, I started drinking plenty of water daily. While I succeed in clearing the acne, my pores remained enlarged. I guess it runs in the family because my father had a problematic skin in puberty and so my brothers and I inherited it. We all have large pores on all parts of our face.

Facial scrub will help your skin a lot
Products like this one can help with cleansing and toning your face.

If you have large pores as well, you must be uncomfortable in your own skin. Do not worry because you can make the pores appear shrunken. While you cannot alter the size of the pores because they do not have muscles to shrink or enlarge, your genetics determine the size of the pores on your skin. If you have large pores like my family, and me you can make them shrink at home with natural methods. Learn just how shortly.

How to Shrink Large Pores – Best Way to Shrink Big Pores

The best way to shrink pores on cheeks, the entire face and on legs as well is to exfoliate often. If you have a problematic skin exfoliate once in a week. On the other hand, if your skin is just oily with large pores, exfoliate two to three times in a week. Since the skin is delicate, always use a mild scrub to exfoliate and it would be better if you can get a natural one made at home of

Facial Steaming also shrinks them, but wash with cold water after
Facial Steaming also shrinks them, but wash with cold water after.
  • Brown sugar
  • Lemon juice

Mix the sugar and juice and rub on the areas where you want to shrink pores.  Exfoliating your legs with this mixture or any other scrub can also get rid of unwanted hair.

How to Shrink Pores Fast

Sometimes you may want to go out on a date, a wedding or on special event with radiant skin. However, when you look in the mirror you are met with large pores, and your heart just sinks. This is how to shrink pores fast and ensure that you skin glows during that function:

  • Get an ice cube from the refrigerator
  • Wrap the ice cube on a cotton handkerchief
  • Rub the ice wrapped in handkerchief on your face while paying attention to the cheeks, forehead, nose pores and those on the chin. You should ensure that your face is cleansed, toned and ready for makeup when using this method to shrink pores fast.
  • Get your primer for large pores and apply it on the problematic areas. You are using a pore minimizing lotion to prevent clogging your pores with makeup.
  • Apply your makeup lightly and go out to that special event.
  • Wash off the makeup immediately on getting back home.

How to Shrink Pores on Face

Since the face is the first part of the body that greets all those people you meet, it ought to be inviting. When you have enlarged pores on your face, you wish the ground would swallow you when you encounter people on your way. However, you can fight this feeling by learning how to shrink pores on face.

Shrinking pores on face require a regular face-washing regimen that will ensure that you do not over wash or under wash. You have to cleanse your skin two times in a day and not more than that. More times would make your skin excessively dry. Consequently, the oil glands would work overtime to produce more sebum, which would cause breakouts on your face.  Therefore, only wash in the morning and evening.

Another step you must take is that of steaming your face to shrink the pores there. Steam works on your face by getting rid of any residue inside the enlarged pores. The steam softens the solid dirt inside the pores making your work easier when you want to tone or exfoliate your facial skin.  There are two ways to steam your face.

Steam from a Pot

When you choose to steam from a pot, bend over to let the steam hit all the pores on your face. Cover your head with a towel so that the steam does not escape from the sides. Ensure that you are about 10 inches away from the pot so that you do not scald your facial skin. Bend there for 10 minutes before removing the towel on your head and patting your face dry.

Steam with Face Towel

Alternatively, if you do not have the 10 minutes to steam your face, get your face towel and drench it with hot water. Blob your cheeks, forehead, chin and nose with the face towel for 20 seconds. After that, pat your face dry with a dry towel.

Once you are done with steaming you can choose to tone your face, mask or exfoliate. If you choose to tone, ensure you have a natural astringent such as apple cider vinegar. It works well in shrinking pores. Similarly, you can use apple cider vinegar with citrus fruit juices such as lemon or orange. However, because of the strong smell of apple cider vinegar, you will need to wipe off with a damp towel.

If on the other hand you choose to mask to shrink pores on face, choose a natural mask or a clay mask. Ensure that you cover all the areas on your face with the mask for 15 minutes before washing it off with room temperature cold water.

A good primer can help shrink big pores on nose, face and cheeks
A good primer can help shrink big pores on nose, face and cheeks.

Exfoliating your skin should also be done with a homemade scrub or one bought over the counter. The scrub should be mild with fruit enzymes, which help rejuvenate the facial skin. The scrub should be wiped off as well. Exfoliate twice a week if your skin is excessively oil, but once if you have dry skin.

Remember also to moisturize with products that do not contain alcohol or peroxides. Furthermore, if you have oily skin, avoid oily moisturizers that have mineral oil or petroleum jelly. These oils will further clog your pores instead of shrinking they will enlarge and breakout.

How to Shrink Pores Naturally

I have learned that shrinking pores naturally is one of the best ways instead of buying products from cosmetic stores. When you learn how to shrink pores naturally you can never worry about harmful chemicals going to clog your pores, because unclogging pores on face is another whole process altogether. You go natural with readily available items in your kitchen cabinets or garden. A good example of how to shrink pores naturally is by using home remedies to shrink pores.

Home Remedies to Shrink Pores

This is how to shrink pores at home using homemade remedies

  • Beat Egg whites and mix with lemon juice or honey to make a mask
  • Mix honey with baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste that would act as a mask
  • Use yoghurt as mask
  • Use a mixture of lemon and pineapple juice
  • Mash papaya and apply it on face

These treatments should be massaged on the pores for 10 seconds before leaving them on face for 20 minutes.

How to Shrink Pores on Cheeks

You can shrink pores on cheeks by using a mild scrub on them instead of cleansing. Find a scrub with very fine granules and always use it on your face and more so on your cheeks before wiping it off with a damp towel.

This treatment should be followed with an astringent to repair the skin after all the rubbing. Since large pores on cheeks tend to make them look duller, the scrub will boost the skin to make new cells around that area. If this method does not seem to make the pores on cheeks shrink, you can consider other treatments for enlarged pores such as laser treatment to shrink pores.

(As contributed by our reader)