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Homemade facial scrub to reduce open pores
After a few weeks away from the blog due to forces out of my control, today I return to my writing routine and I do so with a luxury article. One of the questions that frequently comes to my email is: How can I reduce the open pores on my face?
Generally, this type of “problem”, to call it in any way, is very common in girls who have oily skin. However, it can happen to all of us. Although the pores of the face are something that we cannot eliminate in their entirety, they can be reduced with facial treatments.
Today, we can find such treatments in department stores or in beauty salons. But, what very few girls know is that they can also be done from the comfort of home with totally natural ingredients.
That is why today I return to the blog with this article that will teach you how to prepare a homemade scrub to reduce open pores on the face. Not only that, as I always get used to, I will also talk a little about this topic so that you have a much clearer idea of what pores are and what treatments exist to treat them.
What are pores
Pores are those small holes that we have on the surface of our skin and that have a well-determined function.
Through them, the oil that our skin needs to stay hydrated reaches the surface. This oil is produced by the sebaceous glands that are located under the skin.
There are two types of pores on the skin. These are oil pores and sweat pores. The first one, is the one that we know and pay the most attention to because they are the ones that in some cases can be so big that they can be seen with the naked eye.
In the same way, the oil pores or hair follicles – which is another way of calling them – are in charge of transporting the fat to the skin. Sometimes this becomes a problem, especially for people with oily skin.
Since they produce so much fat that they tend to block or clog those pores. In turn, causing other complications such as acne breakouts and severe infections. On the other hand, the sweat that expels our body comes out through the sweat pores. These are usually too tiny and cannot be seen with the naked eye, but they are there.
As I said earlier, removing pores entirely is an impossible task. The most we can do is reduce their size, if they are too large.
Facial treatment for open pores
It is very important that you keep in mind that you should not be obsessed with the size of your pores. Unless, these are very large and cause problems such as excess grease or dirt retention in them. If your pores are normal size or cannot be seen with the naked eye, simply cleanse your face twice a day and once a week use a facial scrub to cleanse them thoroughly.
For girls who do have visibly large pores, there are many treatments to reduce them. Although it may seem incredible, one of the best treatments we can use is sunscreen. Yes, as you read it.
Sunscreens, apart from protecting us from skin cancer, also help protect collagen production. This in turn keeps our skin healthy and pores in shape.
It should be noted that many times the pores get big when they are dirty. It’s of utmost importance to wash our face at least twice a day. Girls with oily skin can opt for facial cleansers that contain salicylic acid as this ingredient helps prevent acne breakouts or pimples.
In addition, using products that contain retinol is another great option. Retinol helps exfoliate the skin, keeping the pores completely clean. On the other hand, if you have money and want to invest in skin care, you can visit a beauty clinic or a dermatologist and they have other, much more effective treatments.
But, for the rest of us mortals who cannot afford these luxuries, there are home remedies that are within our reach. One of those treatments is this facial scrub that I share to reduce open pores on the face.
Reducing pores naturally
In today’s recipe, we will be using 3 ingredients as the main base, although there are two others that can be used depending on the type of skin you have. The main ingredients are apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. The other two ingredients are lavender oil if you have sensitive skin or tea tree oil if you are acne prone. It should be noted that these last two ingredients are optional. Having said that, let’s get started.
Recipe to reduce open pores
- Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tspbaking soda
- 1 Tsp lemon juice
In a crystal bowl, mix all the ingredients until they become a paste.
3-4 drops of lavender oil if you have sensitive skin
3-4 drops of tea tree oil if you have acne prone skin.
How to apply the scrub
Applying this scrub to shrink open pores is easy. Simply, with a cotton you apply it to the affected areas such as the forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin. Then, leave it applied for about 20 minutes. Finally, rinse with cold water. You can use this treatment 1 or 2 times a week. Remember to apply a sunscreen afterwards since this treatment has lemon juice.
Extra tips to shrink open pores on the face.
Aside from the treatment I shared earlier, there are other tricks you can do to reduce open pores on your face. These are:
- Clean your face daily
- Use a cleansing scrub at least once a week
- Don’t touch your face often
- Use creams that contain retinol
- Apply a clay mask at least once a week.
- Avoid using products that contain oil so as not to clog the pores
- Do not apply highlighter makeup to areas with open pores. Doing so, will make them look much bigger than they already are.
As you can see, with this homemade treatment and the extra steps that I shared with you, you can improve the texture of your skin and the size of your pores. However, it is of utmost importance that you do not become obsessed with them. Remember that pores are a fundamental part of our skin and there is no way to eliminate them.
Never look at your face using a magnifying glass. It is obvious that everything will look much bigger than it really is. Many times what bothers you, the rest of the people do not even notice because the human eyes are not a microscope. As long as you have a cleaning routine and keep your pores clean and away from bacteria, you will see that the “problem” is not as serious as it seems.
So we ended this article. I hope it helps you. If you want to know how to clean the pores in a natural way, you can read: Steam bath to clean the pores of the face (coming soon). On the other hand, if you want to know more about this topic, I invite you to read: Is it possible to shrink large pores?