Pores can become easily clogged by dirt, makeup and bacteria from sebaceous glands. Add in the build-up of old, dead skin cells, and your pores can appear enlarged, as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples pop up. If the chemicals in prescription and over-the-counter medications make you cringe, consider natural remedies for clogged pores.

Witch Hazel

Look for witch hazel in an astringent and toner form. A strong anti-oxidant, witch hazel gets oily skin under control by removing bacteria and dirt. After cleansing your skin, simply wet a cotton ball or pad with some of the liquid and wipe across the infected pores in upward motion.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Dab a bit of oil onto your clogged pores. Look for a topical application that has 5 percent tea tree oil which, according to the Department of Dermatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, has shown to be just as effective as a lotion with 5 percent benzoyl peroxide–without the chemicals and excessive drying of the latter.

The Power of Steam

Set aside three days a week to steam your face in order to open and clean out your pores. Heat clean water in a pot. Once it boils, turn off the heat. Drape a towel around your head and suspend your face about 1 foot over the steaming water. If you ever feel your face is getting too hot, remove your face for a moment and then return to the steam. When all the steam is gone, gently splash cold water on your face to close and seal your pores.