Tiny, tiny pores aren’t just a vain wish. The larger your pores, the more likely they are to become clogged with dirt and bacteria, two of the main culprits behind acne and skin infections. Keeping your pores clear and small means you’ll have healthier skin—radiance is just a bonus. Fortunately, you don’t need to splurge on expensive ingredients in order to do this. You can make your own pore minimizers with stuff you already have in the kitchen.

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Baking Soda Pore Minimizer

A simple baking soda scrub works wonders when it comes to shrinking pores. Before you use the scrub, wash your face with gentle soap and water.

Place 2 tablespoons baking soda in the palm of your hand and add just enough water to form a thick paste. Gently massage (don’t scrub) the paste into your face for about 30 seconds. Rinse off with cool water.

You should notice that your pores are smaller almost immediately. After a week of this regimen you’ll see visible results as your skin becomes clearer and less prone to breakouts.

Pineapple Facial Scrub

This tropical facial scrub not only minimizes your pores but cleanses and softens your skin, too.

Mix 1/2 cup crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup cornmeal in a small bowl. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Remove the mixture from the fridge and stir in 2 tablespoons jojoba oil.

Gently massage the scrub onto your face in circular motions. Leave it on for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

You can store the leftover scrub in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Note: If you’d prefer to use fresh pineapple or can’t find crushed, you can process it yourself in a blender until it makes a lumpy purée. If you use canned pineapple, make sure it’s packed in water instead of syrup.

Pore-Cleansing Strips

Pores clogged with dirt can’t be minimized, no matter how hard you try. This recipe helps to clean them out.

Gather 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin, 1 1/2 tablespoons milk, and a clean cosmetic brush. Mix the gelatin and milk in a small bowl and place it in the microwave on high for no more than 10 seconds. It should be slightly warm to the touch.

Use your cosmetic brush to apply the mixture to your face, especially to problem areas around the nose, chin, and forehead. Let dry, 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your cosmetic brush immediately after application.

Once it dries it feels like a stiff film. Peel the film away and take a close look—the dirt and grime that was once stuck in your pores should have transferred to the film. Now that your pores are all clear, they should naturally close, automatically minimizing their appearance. Rinse your face with cold water to encourage contract (or closure) of the open pores.

References and Resources

Bath and Body Recipes How to Minimize Pores


Facial Skin Care