Keep­ing your skin free of clogged oil can sig­nif­i­cantly help avoid open pores. We tell you how

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Aashna Malani ■ htc­ity@ hin­dus­tan­times. com ( WITH IN­PUTS BY SHAH­NAZ HUSAIN)

Have oily skin, and are sick of acne and black­heads? Then, open skin pores are what you must tackle right away. The con­stant ooz­ing of oil and clogged pores lead to loss of elas­tic­ity of the pores, in turn, en­larg­ing them. This fur­ther makes the tex­ture of the skin thick and coarse. Here are a few easy reme­dies to com­bat the ex­cess oil and fix open pores:


Ice has a skin-tight­en­ing ef­fect, which helps min­imise en­larged pores and also stim­u­late blood cir­cu­la­tion.

Method: Af­ter cleans­ing the face, wrap ice cubes in a clean cloth and ap­ply it on the ar­eas with open pores for a few sec­onds at a time.


Known to re­move oil, tomato juice has an as­trin­gent ef­fect. It cleanses and shrinks the pores.

Method: Tomato juice or pulp may be ap­plied by it­self, or it may be mixed with cu­cum­ber juice and egg white. This would have a pow­er­ful cleans­ing ef­fect.


Egg whites con­tain en­zymes that re­duce oili­ness, cleanse, tone and tighten the skin.

Method: Beat egg white and ap­ply on the face, avoid­ing the lips. Wash it off when it dries.


Fuller’s Earth (mul­tani mitti) ab­sorbs ex­cess oil, tight­ens the pores, and cleanses the skin. It also re­duces blem­ishes and scars and ben­e­fits sun-dam­aged skin.

Method: Mix Fuller’s Earth with rose wa­ter into a paste and ap­ply on the face, avoid­ing the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off when it dries.


This nat­u­ral rem­edy is great for ex­fo­li­at­ing the skin and hence re­mov­ing ex­cess oil and dead skin cells that make open pores ap­pear larger. It soothes the skin and can be used for sen­si­tive skin as well.

Method: Mix oat­meal with egg white and ap­ply on the ar­eas with open pores. When it dries, moisten it and rub gen­tly on the skin. Wash off with plenty of wa­ter.


Yo­ghurt con­tains lac­tic acid that helps re­store the nor­mal pH bal­ance of the skin. This re­moves dead cells and keeps the pores free of hard­ened oil. It also bright­ens the skin.

Method: Mix it with ground al­monds, pow­dered and dried or­ange and le­mon peels. Ap­ply on the face and rub gen­tly on the skin in cir­cu­lar move­ments, es­pe­cially on ar­eas

with open pores. Wash off with wa­ter.


Le­mon juice con­tains cit­ric acid that ex­fo­li­ates skin and min­imises the ap­pear­ance of open pores. As­trin­gents in it help close the pores. Rose wa­ter is also a nat­u­ral skin toner.

Method: Mix rose wa­ter and le­mon juice in equal parts and ap­ply on the face. Wash off with wa­ter af­ter 10 min­utes.

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