DIY Pore Reducer For Large, Stubborn Pores

DIY Pore Reducer For Large, Stubborn Pores

By Aniela M / April 8, 2017

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Large, stubborn pores can be a pain in the butt, but this DIY pore reducer works better than most commercial pore minimizing products. Because it contains all natural ingredients, there are no harsh chemicals, and you’ll also be saving a ton of money!

This homemade pore reducer uses baking soda, lemon juice, sugar, and olive oil to help shrink pores, eliminate dirt and blackheads, and get rid of dead skin cells. Great for all skin types including oily skin and acne prone skin, this DIY pore reducer is also deep cleansing.

A lot of pore minimizing products contain salicylic acid which can actually dry out the skin and produce flakyness. With this quick fix pore reducer, pores appeared smaller after just one use, and oil production was also minimized.

DIY Pore Reducer

baking soda and lemon juice pore reducer

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This DIY pore reducer works so well because of the ingredients it contains. A mix of baking soda, lemon juice, sugar, and olive oil, ensure that your skin is properly exfoliated, thus reducing large, stubborn pores. The baking soda is an amazing cleanser and exfoliator which also works as a brightener. Lemon juice shrinks the pores due to its acidity and also lightens dark spots and stains. Sugar removes dead skin cells, revealing ultra smooth skin, while the olive oil calms and moisturizes the skin.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Why This DIY Pore Reducer Works:

Baking Soda:

Baking soda is a natural exfoliant and skin whitener. This means that it gently sloughs away dead skin cells which can cause bacteria build up, sebum, and excess oil production. Baking soda also helps to minimize the appearance of acne scars, dark spots, age spots, and sun spots. With continued use, you should see a decrease in these within a month.

Lemon Juice:

A natural deep cleanser and toner, lemon juice helps to minimize large pores. Lemon juice contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it a great ingredient for those with oily skin. Additionally, lemon juice also helps fade the look for scars and spots. For those with sensitive or irritated skin, we recommend omitting the lemon juice and replacing it with distilled water instead.


In this recipe, sugar acts as a natural and gentle exfoliator. It will help get rid of dead skin cells, dirt, toxins, and even blackheads.

Olive Oil:

The olive oil in this recipe acts as a moisturizer to counteract the rest of the ingredients. Olive oil can also help balance the skin’s pH and deeply cleanse. With continued use, olive oil is great at combating fine lines and wrinkles. Olive oil can also be substituted for coconut oil, almond oil, or avocado oil.


  1. In a medium size bowl, mix the baking soda, lemon juice, sugar, and oil  together until well combined.
  2. Apply all over the face and neck and scrub in slow, circular motions. Or, apply only where large pores are visible such as forehead, nose, and chin.
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
  4. Splash your skin with really cold water to close up pores.
  5. Pat dry and follow up with a homemade moisturizer.

I like to use this twice a week to reduce my large pores, and it works amazingly! I wouldn’t recommend using it more than twice a week because baking soda and lemon juice can be a little irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin.


  • This pore reducer can also be used all over the body to exfoliate, get rid of blackheads, and minimize the appearance of pores.
  • Do not use on irritated skin, cuts, or open sores.
  • Always make sure to apply to wet skin – applying the mixture directly to dry skin can cause irritation.
  • Rub the scrub in slow, circular motions for best results, and focus on blackhead and pore prone areas such as forehead, chin, and nose.
  • For a stronger scrub for tougher areas such as elbows, knees, and shoulders, substitute the sugar for sea salt.
  • Always rinse the mixture off really well.

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DIY Pore Reducer

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