Open pores are nothing but like the gills of skin. Just like gills help fishes in breathing, pores help the skin to breathe. Open pores usually are the result of oily skin, acne, or aging.
Pores start as miniature holes on the skin and eventually grow bigger and get clogged with dirt and excess oils. It makes the skin look dull and old too.
How to treat open pores?
There are numerous ways in which open pores can be treated, but some of the most effective ways by which treatment of open pores can be done are as follows:
1. Use ice cubes
Ice cubes are the best way to treat open pores. It helps in increasing blood circulation and prevents premature aging and wrinkles
Before sleeping, wrap an ice cube in a cloth and then rub it on your face. Make sure that you don’t put it directly on your face as the direct contact of ice with the skin might cause burns on the skin.
2. Use exfoliators
Exfoliating your skin in simple words means removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin.
There are two ways in which you can exfoliate your skin; Using scrubs or homemade remedies. If you use a scrub to exfoliate your skin make sure to use scrubs that are chemical-free and the ingredients used that are suitable for your skin.
Home remedies to treat open pores
Few home remedies that can be used to exfoliate your skin are as under:
1. Brown sugar and coconut oil/ Raw almond oil
Add a cup of brown sugar to a bowl and then add double the amount of coconut oil in it, mix it well, and then slowly apply it to your face with continuous massaging. Wait for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
2. Oats and honey
The second way in which you can exfoliate your skin is using oats and honey.
In a bowl full of oats add honey and mix it until it becomes a thick paste, then apply it on your face and massage for 5-10 mins. After 15-20 minutes, wash it off with cold water.
Oats help in treating acne soothes tanned skins and helps in making the skin tight. It acts as a moisturizer and helps in healing skin.
3. Use coffee along with coconut oil
You read it right, coffee is another example of a natural exfoliator and the best at it. Take 3-4 spoons of coffee and add a few drops of coconut oil to it, mix it until it becomes a thick paste, and then gently apply it on your face.
Coffee helps in increasing blood circulation and makes the skin bright and smooth. It also protects the skin against harsh UV rays. So if you are looking for a natural exfoliator that shows effect soon, coffee is your answer.
4. Banana peel
Banana peel is rich in many nutrients and carbohydrates which help our body in numerous ways and the most basic of them is that it acts as a skin exfoliator.
Rubbing a banana peel daily or thrice a week can do wonders to your skin and will help in treating open pores. It also helps in reducing acne and prevents wrinkles.
So next time before you throw away a banana peel, think twice.
3. Egg white
Eggs are rich in several proteins and nutrients and so is egg white. There are many products available in the market made from egg white for hair and skin but all those products contain some amount of chemicals.
So instead of using products available in the market, It’s advisable and better to use homemade face masks and scrub.
Egg white is highly suitable for people having oily skin as it prevents the production of excess oil and wrinkles. It also helps in tightening the skin and helps in the treatment of open pores.
Pour out egg white in a bowl and mix it until it becomes slightly thick, then apply it to your face and wait for 15-20 minutes and then wash your face with cold water. Apply this at least once a week to see the results.
4. Aloe Vera
When talking about things good for your skin, how can we forget aloe vera? The King of all.
Aloe Vera has a variety of uses, it’s used for eating, it’s used for hair and most importantly it’s used for skin. Aloe vera has been known for its healing properties for as long as we can remember. It helps in moisturizing our skin and maintains the balance of oils in the skin.
For treatment of open pores, aloe vera gel or fresh aloe vera pulp can be used. Rub the pulp of aloe vera or gel on your face gently for 5-10 minutes and then wash it off. Aloe vera helps in shrinking open pores by reducing the amount of dirt and oil clogged in the pores.
5. Besan for treatment of open pores
Besan face pack helps in brightening the skin, removing tan, skin tightening, and maintains the Ph balance of the skin. It also helps prevent wrinkles and balances the oil level in your skin.
Take 2-3 tablespoons of besan in a bowl and add Yogurt and a few drops of coconut oil to it. Mix it until it turns into a thick paste and then apply it to your face.
Let it dry and after 15-20 minutes wash it with warm water. Apply this once or twice a week to see better and faster results.
6. Multani Mitti or Fuller’s Earth
We all at least at one point in our life have heard from someone that Multani Mitti does wonders for our skin, and while most of us might have not believed that; it is true.
Take 2 spoons of Multani Mitti and add a few drops of rose water in it, mix it well to turn it into a thick paste, and then apply it to your skin. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. You can also use Multani Mitti with a few drops of milk.
Multani Mitti is undeniably one of the best ways to fight acne and pimples, it deep cleanses our skin removing dirt and excess oil. It helps in brightening and lighting our skin as well.
For how long should we continue to do these remedies?
Try and test what works best for your skin and then continue to do it for at least 2 months for better and effective results.
Is treatment for open pores really necessary?
No, it’s not necessary if you are okay with your skin, though it is advisable to treat open pores so that it does not damage your skin or worse result in serious problems in the future.