Pores cover every part of the body. They secrete sebum to lubricate the skin, but overstimulation of the sebaceous glands leads to pores clogged with oil. The oil then hardens increasing the size of the pore. For most men (and a small percentage of women) the facial pores also contain hair follicles deeper in the pore. While you can’t permanently keep the pores on the face smaller, there are a few methods to temporarily reduce the size of the facial hair pores.
Things You'll Need
- Ice tray
- Lemon juice
- Cotton balls
Boil a large pot of water. Turn off the heat, place a towel over the head and then bend over the hot steam for five to 10 minutes. The steam softens the hardened sebum allowing it to drain out.
Make a scrub of 2 parts salt and 1 part buttermilk in a bowl. Apply the scrub to the face with the fingers, then scrub in a circular motion. Rinse off the scrub with cool water. The salt’s abrasive property deep-cleans the pores, and the lactic acid in the buttermilk exfoliates the top skin layer. The cold water rinse also helps to close the pores.
Freeze water in an ice tray. Take one ice cube and rub it all over the face. The cold temperature helps to shrink pores temporarily.
Pour lemon juice onto a cotton ball. Apply the juice to all areas of the face once a day. The citric acid in the lemon juice helps to dry out the skin, reducing the oil buildup so the facial hair pores don’t become too enlarged with excess oil.