It seems that no matter how well you take care of your facial skin, large pores can always find their way to your face, leading to blemishes.
Blemishes can occur as skin discoloration or dark spots, generally caused by acne breakouts.
“Blemishes can be credited to causes like hormonal imbalance, genetics, improper skin care, poor diet, sun exposure and aging. Pimples, pustules, blackheads and whiteheads can also be categorized as blemishes caused by clogged pores,” said dermatologist Dr. Abdulrahman Raghib. “Blemishes can appear anywhere on the body but the main focus is always on the face, neck, shoulders and back. The market is loaded with products to fight blemishes, but they are often chemical-based and might be harsh on the skin,” he added.
If larger pores and unsightly blemishes are bothering you, there are some smart ways to shrink them. “Instead, you can turn to Mother Nature to get rid of blemishes and pamper your skin at the same time,” said Dr. Raghib.
Quick tips to minimize pores suggested by Dr. Raghib.
1) Wash your face everyday but don’t over do it. Use a daily gentle scrub to help unclog pores because pores enlarge when they become clogged with dirt, oil, or bacteria, causing them to become inflamed. Washing twice a day will help keep pores look smaller and feel better.
2) Keep the area cold. When washing the face, also massage the face with an ice cube gently for 15 to 30 seconds. This will have a tightening effect on the skin.
Easy and quick home tricks:
It is a very popular method for getting rid of acne scars naturally, as it helps to unclog your pores and kills acne-causing bacteria. It even helps to exfoliate the skin. Simply combine water and baking soda and mix it into a paste. Apply this mixture to your acne scars and let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse and wash your skin well. Use this technique twice daily.
Tomato face mask
This is simple home acne remedy that can help to get rid of acne scars/blemishes. Take half a tomato and start rubbing it on your scars, leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse. This will lighten the scars.
Take some boiled carrots, mash it up and apply this paste to your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it with milk. This will remove blemishes/acne scars.
Apply cucumber juice to your face or just massage your face with cucumber slices. This will help remove marks/spots and freshen up your skin. Use cucumber juice to wash your face once a day to keep your skin soft and supple.
Use a cotton ball to massage egg white on your face. The whites of an egg have very powerful healing qualities, which can help to heal your scars, blemishes and dark spots.
The honey rub
It is an excellent way to smooth out the skin and clean your pores. Use warm water to clean your face, then quickly pat the skin and make it dry. This will open up the pores and allow the honey to get into the pores. Apply the honey to the areas affected by acne scars and lightly massage your face. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then wash your face with warm water. Dry your face and then rub an ice cube all over the face — this will close the pores.
The potato rub
Gently rub potato slices on marks and all over the face or apply potato juice to the face. Leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with water. This will lighten marks.
Lemon + Honey + Almond + Milk powder
Take a spoon each of lemon juice, honey, almond oil and milk powder in a bowl. Mix it well and apply on the face. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash. This will lighten and remove acne marks and blemishes. It is also used to remove suntan.
Turmeric + Lemon
Apply a mixture of lemon juice and turmeric once in week to remove your acne marks/blemishes.
Simply take a cotton ball, dab it with some lemon juice, then start massaging your acne scars thoroughly. Leave it for about 20 minutes and then wash it away with warm water.
Oranges are great for skin. Drink orange juice for healthy skin and use its peel for making a face pack. Grind orange peels with some water to make a paste and apply this to the face. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
Honey + Yogurt + Lemon
Take equal quantity of honey, yogurt and lemon juice. Mix it well and apply to marks on the face, leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse.
Vinegar + Water
Wash your face with 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar. This works wonders for your skin and makes your skin clear, marks free, smooth and supple.
Aloe Vera + Vitamin E
Mix aloe vera gel with few (2-3) vitamin E capsules and apply this gel on the face. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse. This will remove blemishes on your face making it soft and supple.
Cardamom + Lemon
Take cardamom powder and mix it with a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to blemishes and acne marks. Leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with water.
Almond + Milk
Soak almonds in milk overnight. Next morning grind them into a fine paste and apply this paste to affected areas. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse with water. You can use this as a face mask.
Rose Water + Lemon
Rose water works great for skin. Mix rose water and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply this mixture to the face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with water.
Strawberries + Vinegar
Make a paste by grinding two strawberries with vinegar and apply this on blemishes/marks. Leave it overnight and then rinse with water. Works well to remove acne marks/blemishes.