Natural Home Remedies for Tightening Facial Pores

by Lars Tramilton ; Updated September 28, 2017

Reduce the look of your facial pores.

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Pores are the small openings on the top of the skin. When the pores become clogged, they appear to be larger and the complexion can take on a brittle and dull look. Some things that can lead to the clogging of the pores include not washing makeup off properly, harsh cosmetic products and environmental factors such as dust and wind. To give your pores a tight and clean look, several natural remedies can be helpful.

Lemon Juice and Egg Whites

One natural home remedy for pore tightening involves a blend of lemon juice and egg whites, both of which are cheap and often available in the refrigerator. Mix together 1 cup of lemon juice and the whites of a single egg. Heat the blend in a microwave oven for about 45 seconds. Once it cools down for half a minute or so, dab it all over your complexion. Allow the blend to remain on for 15 minutes, then wash it off.


Fresh papaya can also be effective at tightening the pores on the face (as well as toning the complexion in general). Purchase one papaya and then cut it up into a few pieces. After the fruit is cut up, mash it together. Then, place the mashed papaya over your pores and let it stay for one minute. Rinse the fruit off after half an hour.

Tomato Juice

Tomato juice is one option for reducing the size of facial pores, as it functions similarly to an astringent. Take one small can of tomato juice and put it directly on your face with the assistance of a cotton swab. Keep the juice on for at least 20 minutes, then wash it off. You can also swap the tomato juice with fresh tomato pieces.


Buttermilk can decrease pore size through encouraging the contraction of the skin. With a cotton ball, dab a liberal amount of it onto your complexion and leave it on for a maximum of 10 minutes. Then, rinse it off thoroughly.

Rose Water

If you have particularly oily skin and noticeable pores, one natural home remedy involves rose water, which also is effective for skin contraction purposes. Apply the rose water onto your face and keep it on for half an hour before you rinse it off. Repeat the process daily, and make sure to always keep the rose water in the refrigerator between uses.

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About the Author

Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.