9 Ways to Tighten Your Skin Pores Naturally

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There are so many ways to tighten your skin pores naturally without purchasing an outrageously expensive skincare product. Flawless skin is another new beauty standard that we are meant to keep up with, and with all of the FaceTune and editing apps, keeping up with the models and youthful kids these days is getting harder and harder.

Here are 9 way to tighten your skin pores naturally:

  1. Cleanse your skin
  2. Exfoliate your skin
  3. Tone your skin
  4. Use natural face masks
  5. Keep your skin hydrated
  6. Eat healthily and drink water
  7. Exercise
  8. Wear sunscreen
  9. Don’t touch your face

There always seems to be a new product or service that reduces pores and they all claim to be the ‘best’ or the ‘fastest’. Well, enough is enough, you don’t need to revert to expensive products or FaceTune to get shrunken pores. From masks to toners and everything in between, here are 9 ways to naturally reduce your pore size.

What are Pores?

In order to understand how to reduce your pore size, it is necessary to understand what pores are in the first place. Your entire body is covered in small hairs, some are so small you cannot see them, and others are larger (like the hair on your head). For each hair on your body, there is an opening in your skin that allows the hair to grow out. These openings are called pores.

Believe it or not, your face is covered with little tiny hairs, so for each hair, there is, a pore on your face is there too. For some people, these hairs do not cause them any problems, but for others, it can be a nightmare.

The size of your pores is largely determined by genetics. If your biological parents had large pores, you are most likely going to have large pores, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prevent them from getting bigger or reduce their size. Research has also shown that your pore size can vary based on your ethnic background. 

For most people pores increase in size when they become clogged, inflamed, or ingrown. In order to prevent these things from happening, you need to cleanse, tone, exfoliate, do masks, and hydrate. For some people, these steps may not be enough, and in that case, it is necessary to see a dermatologist about your condition.

1. Cleanse Your Skin

The most crucial step in ensuring that your pores stay small is keeping your skin clean. While this may seem contradictory, opening up your pores to clean them is the best way to keep your pores clear of dirt and oil. Every night after you have taken off your makeup (if you wear makeup), you should go through a cleansing process, in order to ensure that your pores stay nice and clean.

Most dermatologists recommend that you cleanse your skin 1-2 times a day: once at night, once in the morning or both. Cleansing at night makes sure that your skin is clean after a day of sweat and grime from normal daily activities, and if you opt for once a day cleansing you will likely want to choose night time. Cleansing in the morning gets off all the sweat and particles that built up overnight.

Facial Cleansers/Makeup Removers

Before you begin your skin regime, you want to make sure that your skin is clean. If you open up your pores, you don’t want the dirt, makeup, and oil from the day to sink into your pores because that is exactly what you are trying to avoid.

Some great natural cleansers are coconut oil, honey and lemon, and witch hazel.

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is a great way to remove makeup and clean your skin. As a makeup remover, the oil breaks down any makeup you have on, so it is easy to wash away. Coconut also has natural antibacterial properties that help to clean the skin, and it is effectively moisturizing.
  • Honey and Lemon: Both honey and lemon are great independently, but when used together, they are really effective. They may not be a good option as a makeup remover because they can’t break down the makeup as effectively, but they are a great cleanser. Honey is moisturizing and antibacterial, while lemon is a good source of Vitamin C. This combination allows it to be cleansing and moisturizing at the same time.
  • Witch Hazel: Natural witch-hazel is an excellent natural makeup remover. Avoid witch-hazel with alcohol in it, as it can burn your eyes and dry out your skin if used too much.

Steam Facial Cleanser

The best way to cleanse your pores naturally is through a steam facial. While it may seem fancy, a steam facial is something you can easily do at home. All you would need it hot water, a towel, and some essential oils (if you want).

Step 1: Rinse your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser.

Step 2: Bring a small pot of water to a boil.

Step 3: Pour the boiling water into a bowl.

Step 4: Mix in any essential oils, or natural products you want. Many people used lemon, cucumber, lavender, or mint. These natural products may help to open up your pores a tad more, but they are mostly used for aromatherapy.

Step 5: Place your face above the steaming bowl. Don’t get too close. You don’t want to burn yourself.

Step 6: Place the towel over your head and the bowl, creating a small little enclosed area so the steam cannot escape.

Step 7: Remain in this position until the water is no longer steaming.

Step 8: Rinse your face with warm water and continue your skin regime.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of boiling water every time you want to do a steam facial you could use a home facial steamer.

2. Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating is another essential step in minimizing pores. Exfoliating is the process of gently scrubbing your skin so that all the dead skin cells and dirt build-up can come off. Your pores become enlarged when you have a build-up of oil, dirt, and dead skin cells in them.

Exfoliating once a week helps to keep all of those things out of your pores in the first place. Daily cleanses and toning help to prevent those things as well, but they are never going to get all of the build-up; that is why exfoliating is needed.

Over-exfoliating can dry out your skin, and when your skin becomes too dry, your oil glands start to over-produce. If your oil glands begin to over-produce in an attempt to compensate for the lack of natural oils, then this can lead to acne and other problems.

Unlike cleansing and toning which you must complete them on a daily basis, exfoliating is on an as-needed basis. For most people that means once a week or once every two weeks.

The two main natural ways to exfoliate are with oats and baking soda.

Exfoliate with Oats and Milk

Oats are a great natural exfoliant. They are gentle enough to not hurt your skin and rough enough to clear away impurities. In addition, milk is an excellent moisturizer for your skin, so it makes sure you don’t dry yourself out.

To make an oat exfoliator, take two tablespoons of oats (oatmeal) and mix it with one tablespoon of milk. Pat the mixture onto your face and once it begins to dry, rub in into your skin in smooth circles. This will help to get rid of impurities and ensure your pores remain reduced. 

Exfoliate with Baking Soda

Another excellent exfoliant is baking soda. Baking soda has antiseptic properties that help prevent breakouts while also cleansing your skin.

  1. Mix together 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of water until they become a paste-like consistency.
  2. Make sure your face is damp before you apply the thin paste to your face, as this will make it easier for the baking soda to smooth off the dead skin cells.
  3. Once you have applied the paste rub it into your skin in small circles.
  4. Be gentle with yourself you don’t want to rub your skin raw.
  5. Finally, rinse off the paste with warm water.

If you don’t want to make your own exfoliate there are plenty to choose from online at Amazon.

3. Tone Your Skin

Toning can occur as steps 2 or 3 depending on if you had to exfoliate that day, but no matter the step, toning your face is an essential part of reducing the size of your pores. After you have cleansed your face from the daily dirt and grime and opened up your pores, it is necessary to cleanse your pores with a toner.

Prior to the toning step, the previous cleansing process was focusing on the surface of the pores, toner gets into the pores and breaks down the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that build up over the day. It is this dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that create the appearance of enlarged pores, so a good toner is necessary to help reduce pore size.

The purpose of a toner is to cleanse the open pores, while simultaneously tightening them so that other impurities will not be able to get in. Therefore, a good toner will cleanse while also being astringent. There are two main types of natural toners that you can find in stores and make at home: apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Many people are discouraged from using apple cider vinegar because of the horrible smell. However, if you are willing to get past it, apple cider vinegar is actually very beneficial for your skin. While apple cider vinegar is not typically used as a toner, many people have discovered that the acidity of the vinegar helps to cleanse, tighten, and create a balanced pH.

Because apple cider vinegar is very acidic, it is not best to simply apply it to the skin as is. It is best to dilute the vinegar with water in order to prevent your skin from becoming too dried out.

To create a natural toner from vinegar, simply take one part water and one part vinegar, mix them together, and apply with a cotton ball.

Lemon Juice Toner

If you absolutely cannot get over the smell of apple cider vinegar, there is always the option of using lemon juice instead. Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, which your skin needs to be glowing and healthy, so some people opt to use lemon juice as a toner. It is also drying on the skin, so it is necessary that you dilute the lemon juice as well.

To create a lemon juice toner use one part lemon juice and three parts witch hazel (with no alcohol). This combination is effective in cleansing and tightening your pores while remaining natural and brightening.

Just a word of caution. Before applying oils or any homemade skin formulas, it is important to perform a patch test on your skin. Even if you have never had a prior history of any skin irritation issues you may find that concentrations and different mixtures may cause slight irritation like rashes, swelling, itching or even burning. To learn how to perform a patch test on your skin CLICK HERE  

4. Use Natural Face Masks

Face masks are a great way to reduce your pore size in a quick situation. While you want to cleanse and tone on a daily basis, masks are another step (like exfoliating) that you only really need to do once a week. There are two ways that masks can be used. You can use masks to extract all of the built-up dirt and oil, or you can use masks to tighten your pores so that they won’t be subjected to more dirt buildup.

Extracting Masks

Steer clear of any pore strips or peel-off masks as these actually tend to damage your skin in the long run. Instead, opt for maks that contain natural ingredients such as charcoal and clay. These two natural ingredients are great ways to extract all of the gross built-up dirt, oil, and dead skin cells without damaging your skin. 

Charcoal Mask

Charcoal face masks act as a magnet for impurities. It absorbs toxins and oils in the skin, and that is why it makes a great natural extracting mask. If you mix together bentonite clay, activated charcoal, water, and honey you can create an effective detoxifying mask.  

Clay Mask

Another way to pull out toxins in the skin is to use a clay mask. The most popular clay to use is Bentonite clay. By mixing together one-part bentonite clay, one part water, and one part honey, you can create a clay mask that soothes and detoxifies the skin. One of the more popular clay mask is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.

Tightening Masks

Tightening masks can be used after you have cleansed your face so that no impurities find their way into your pores right after you clean your face. The best way to do this is through cold masks.

Ice Mask

An ice mask is a simple way to tighten your pores and ensure no impurities get into them. Ice masks are done by taking an ice cube and rubbing it on your face in small circles. Yes, it is that easy. Take an ice cube and set it out for a few seconds so that it begins to melt a little bit, then take the ice cube and gently rub it all over your face. The cooling effect allows the pores to shrink and tighten.

5. Keep Your Skin Hydrated

The final step in your skincare regime is to make sure your skin is hydrated. Dry skin causes the oil glands in your pores to over-produce. If your skin is too dry, the oil glands produce extra oil to compensate for the lack of water and hydration in your skin. The over-production of oil is what can lead to blemishes and other skin irritations. To avoid this, you need to make sure you hydrate, but not over hydrate.

It is sometimes difficult to determine if your skin is dehydrated or dry. There is a very delicate balance between hydrating and over-hydrating your skin. If your skin is over-hydrated, then you can lock in too much moisture and not allow your skin to breath, and if your skin cannot breathe, then it can cause blemishes.

Hydration is, in my opinion, the most important step in a skincare regime. It helps to lock in all of the beneficial moisture while also acting as a barrier against other outside particles. There are plenty of homemade moisturizing creams that you can find online, but we found 2 of the best.

Beeswax Moisturizer

If you tend to have dry skin, then beeswax moisturizer is probably the best option for you. Many people who have dry skin need a little help keeping in the moisture that their skin produces, so a thicker topical cream is typically the best option. However, if you have normal, combination, or oily skin, it can sometimes be best to steer away from thick creams as they can over-hydrate your skin.

To create a beeswax moisturizer, you take beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, and your choice of essential oils. Mix together one part beeswax, 2 parts coconut oil, 2 parts olive oil, and a few drops of your chosen essential oil and whip them together.

If you don’t want to make your own Berts Bees has a large selection of Beeswax Moisturizers.

Coconut Oil Moisturizer

If beeswax is too moisturizing for your skin, a coconut oil moisturizer may be better for you. Most people do not need an incredibly moisturizing lotion or find that it is too thick for their skin. If this sounds like you then, this coconut oil moisturizer is probably better for you.

6. Eat Healthily and Drink Water

I know you are probably tired of hearing it, trust m,e I am too, but a well-balanced proper diet and water do wonders for the skin.

  • Any sort of greasy, high fat diet is sure to break you out and increase your pore sizes. These sorts of foods make your body work overtime to digest them, which takes away the time it could be focusing on making your skin flawless.
  • Any foods that have lots of zinc in them are a great addition to your diet since zinc helps to prevent breakouts and inflammation. This includes foods such as spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms.
  • In addition, a great way to hydrate your skin is to drink lots of water. If your body has the right amount of water, the elasticity in your face increases which makes you appear younger and reduces your pore size.

7. Exercise

Another thing that is difficult to hear, but necessary to say is that you can decrease your pore size by exercising. No one likes to exercise. It is tedious, hard, and not fun; but exercising does help your body by expelling toxins, and increasing chemicals in your body that helps maintain the elasticity in your skin.

If you do exercise, make sure that you take a cleanser with you to the gym, so that you can cleanse your skin immediately after your workout. With all of the sweat that comes out, so too does the toxins in your body. You don’t want to leave the sweat to dry on your face because this allows the toxins to soak into your skin, which increases your pore size.

8. Wear Sunscreen

Another thing that can increase the appearance of pores is damage to the skin. This includes blemishes, irritation, eczema, and sun damage. In order to decrease sun damage, it is essential that you wear sunscreen on a daily basis.

Even if it is a cloudy day outside, or you go outside for two minutes, adding sunscreen to your skincare routine will help to decrease the amount of sun damage. It is a good practice to wear at least 15 SPF, but a higher SPF in the summer months is definitely preferred. Today, most makeup primers or face lotions come with SPF in them.

If you already have sun damage, aloe gel is a great way to reduce the inflammation and reduce pore size. You can typically buy aloe gel from your local store, or you can use an aloe plant and cut open one of the leaves. The gel on the inside of the leaves is what helps to cool the skin and reduce inflammation.  

9. Don’t Touch Your Face

This one is the hardest one for me, personally. I am constantly touching my face to rub my eyes, or scratch myself, or leaning my chin against my hand, but all of these things can increase the size of your pores.

Your face already has oil and dirt that it comes in contact with, touching your face with your hand just increases the amount that your face comes in contact with even more. Your hands are your way to touch and feel things in the world. You use your hands and touch everything throughout the day. Your face, on the other hand, does not come in contact with these things.

The palms of your hands do not have hair on them, and therefore they do not have pores. This means that you cannot have increased pore size on your hands, so no matter how much dirt and grime they come in contact with it won’t really matter.

Your face does have hairs, and it does have pores, so things that come in contact with your hands may damage your face if you proceed to touch it.

What If Nothing Works?

For some people these above procedures will reduce your pore size significantly; however, for other people, this is not the case. If you are doing everything in your power to make sure you keep up with your skincare regime, maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and these things still aren’t working, it may be time to seek out a specialist.

For some of us, it is not as simple as making sure we do all of the above things. For some of us, our body needs extra care, and in these cases, it is a good idea to seek out a dermatologist. They know everything there is to know about how the skin works, and why you may be breaking out.

For example, in my teenage years, I suffered from severe cystic acne. I followed a skincare regime given to me by a dermatologist, but we still weren’t seeing results.

I was never going to be able to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, mask, or hydrate my skin to perfection because it was a chemical imbalance in my genetic makeup that created my acne. You never know if there may be an underlying cause of your enlarged pores or skin blemishes. So if you still think you need extra help and care, please seek out a specialist.  


Despite what you may see in advertisements, you don’t have to buy the most expensive creams and serums to reduce your pore size. There is an abundance of simple and natural ways to reduce pore size at home. You can easily create an entire skincare regime at home with simple items you pick up from the store. Not only is it cheaper, but it is also more natural.

For some people following all of the above things will reduce your pore size and leave you with flawless skin, and for others, it may be more of an underlying condition that has to be diagnosed. In any case, it is essential that you keep up with a good skincare regime and a healthy lifestyle.