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Hack my nose pores, please!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM

You've been warned: this thread subject involves lots of funky skin descriptions.

I've been toying with dairy exclusion for a bit these last couple of weeks, and was unexpectedly delighted at the effect that it's had on clearing my skin. I'd go make-up free more often if it weren't for one thing:

My pores, especially the ones on my nose - remain large and dark. One of my favorite ways to combat this is with Biore pore strips - they pull out insane quantities of gunk, but the strips themselves have ingredients I'd rather not have in regular contact with my face if there were an equally effective but natural solution.

Is there a natural remedy to make my pores vamoose? Like some magical food-based mask that does the job as well or better than the Biore pore strips? Dish your pore hacks!

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I wonder if this is technically like a collagen paste?

351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

(597)

on July 29, 2011
at 06:20 AM

Thank you! Now I can dig some of her stuff back up.

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

(132)

on July 28, 2011
at 04:01 PM

The person who made that video is Michelle Phan. I personally did not find it to work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for everyone. Just be warned that the gelatin mixture is seriously stinky. Michelle has a lot of diy masks and face washes. I also like Bubzbeauty...she does stuff like that too.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 12, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Thanks very much! I don't use moisturizer, so was a little in the dark. I'll give the coconut oil a shot though. Is it anything it can't do? :)

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on July 12, 2011
at 04:21 AM

I apply it just like any moisturizer. Get a little on your fingers and rub it in. Works great under the eyes too. The key to know is that you will be a bit greasy at first, put it on as early as you can. In an hour or so you will still be able to feel it on yourself, but you wont be shiny anymore. That being the case, its good for right before bed as a nighttime moisturizer as well.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 12, 2011
at 02:08 AM

How do you apply the coconut oil? How much? Do you wash it off after a bit? If so how long do you leave it on for? Or do you kind of rub it in and that's that? Soz for all the q's but I'm really interested in trying this.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 02:46 PM

kim, i think that would work really well! let me know how it goes- im super curious. meredith, thanks so much! we are just starting out. more to come, especially in the balm and facial oil area. i think i might ditch all the salt stuff. im making a muscle rub for the fall right now, too.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:43 PM

affect = effect

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:43 PM

@akd I don't have powdered buttermilk, but I always have a ton of liquid whey (from yogurt etc.) sitting around in my fridge. Do you think that mixing a little whey into baking soda would have the same lactic acid affect as the scrub recipe you suggest? Gotta try this.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:37 PM

What do you recommend for sun damage? Forget it-I'm buying everything on your site right now......:) Thx.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:27 PM

they will- lavender is a great astringent and is antibacterial and antimicrobial. its also super gentle so its great for acne or dry skin, frankincense is awesome for *ahem* "maturing" skin- fine lines, scars and acne. neroli is also great for scars and stretch marks, and its the EO of choice for sensitive skin. you might want a different carrier oil depending on your skins needs. for cleansing i use olive oil because i have dry skin, then i make a leave on serum with jojoba, apricot oil and rosehip seed with a bunch of EOs for sun damage, fine lines, dryness, etc.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:22 PM

Thanks for this answer! I've got to try the oil method - my skin is crap! Also, I have lavender, neroli and frankensence essential oils - would they benefit my skin?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:48 PM

so, i would try a combo of caster, hazlenut, and either sunflower seed oil or jojoba oil. play with the ratios until you fing one you like. ill put together a list of some essential oils that ill be a great boost, too but you can start with lavender and tea tree which are super powerhouses and also really inexpensive.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:44 PM

I like aspirin and honey, but I have more breakouts.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 11, 2011
at 12:43 PM

I'd say nose is pretty oily. There aren't a lot of breakouts...just oogly pores. :)

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:41 PM

why actually, yes. do you do the oil cleansing method? there are several oils that you can use that are super effective for cleaning gunk out of pores. do you have oily, dry, or combo skin? or do you use another word to describe it? i can give you a list of some great oils to use that will clear things up pretty quickly if i know a bit more about your skin type.

ETA: the scrub that i use most often is just a 1:1 mixture of baking soda and powdered buttermilk. the lactic acid in the buttermilk combined with the baking soda grains work as both a chemical and mechanical exfoliant. just mix with enough water to make a paste. i use it twice a week or so.

so, i would try a combo of caster, hazlenut, and either sunflower seed oil or jojoba oil. play with the ratios until you fing one you like. ill put together a list of some essential oils that ill be a great boost, too but you can start with lavender and tea tree which are super powerhouses and also really inexpensive. eucalyptus and rosemary oils are also effective. clary sage and rose geranium will also work well, and smell lovely together.

try a facial stem with calendula flowers and sweet orange essential oil OR lemon essential oil before cleansing.

ANOTHER EDIT: make sure you order from a reputable place. EO quality varies incredibly from vendor to vendor. everything at www.mountainroseherbs.com is very high and consistent quality and their prices are great. if you dont mind doing business with hippies.... ;)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:44 PM

I like aspirin and honey, but I have more breakouts.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:48 PM

so, i would try a combo of caster, hazlenut, and either sunflower seed oil or jojoba oil. play with the ratios until you fing one you like. ill put together a list of some essential oils that ill be a great boost, too but you can start with lavender and tea tree which are super powerhouses and also really inexpensive.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 02:46 PM

kim, i think that would work really well! let me know how it goes- im super curious. meredith, thanks so much! we are just starting out. more to come, especially in the balm and facial oil area. i think i might ditch all the salt stuff. im making a muscle rub for the fall right now, too.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:43 PM

@akd I don't have powdered buttermilk, but I always have a ton of liquid whey (from yogurt etc.) sitting around in my fridge. Do you think that mixing a little whey into baking soda would have the same lactic acid affect as the scrub recipe you suggest? Gotta try this.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:37 PM

What do you recommend for sun damage? Forget it-I'm buying everything on your site right now......:) Thx.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 11, 2011
at 12:43 PM

I'd say nose is pretty oily. There aren't a lot of breakouts...just oogly pores. :)

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:43 PM

affect = effect

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:22 PM

Thanks for this answer! I've got to try the oil method - my skin is crap! Also, I have lavender, neroli and frankensence essential oils - would they benefit my skin?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 11, 2011
at 01:27 PM

they will- lavender is a great astringent and is antibacterial and antimicrobial. its also super gentle so its great for acne or dry skin, frankincense is awesome for *ahem* "maturing" skin- fine lines, scars and acne. neroli is also great for scars and stretch marks, and its the EO of choice for sensitive skin. you might want a different carrier oil depending on your skins needs. for cleansing i use olive oil because i have dry skin, then i make a leave on serum with jojoba, apricot oil and rosehip seed with a bunch of EOs for sun damage, fine lines, dryness, etc.

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Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on July 11, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Once I went no soap/no 'poo I also stopped using my commercial moisturizers as well. I used to also have big, dark, ugly pores and would use strips, scrubs, and masks to keep them under control. What made my skin look brighter, cleaner and healthier than ever is when I started moisturizing with that paleo favorite, coconut oil. A little goes a long way.

I think that as with a lot of other things paleo, this goes in the face of conventional wisdome, but when you really think about it, it totally makes sense. Like stop using shampoo to strip the oils out of your hair, and your hair will stop be greasy because your body isnt working overtime to correct it. Add fat to your diet and you lose fat stores since your body isnt desperately holding onto everything. It sounds counterintuitive at first to add oil to your face to relive things, but after a week or so i guarantee you'll see great results.

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on July 12, 2011
at 04:21 AM

I apply it just like any moisturizer. Get a little on your fingers and rub it in. Works great under the eyes too. The key to know is that you will be a bit greasy at first, put it on as early as you can. In an hour or so you will still be able to feel it on yourself, but you wont be shiny anymore. That being the case, its good for right before bed as a nighttime moisturizer as well.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 12, 2011
at 02:08 AM

How do you apply the coconut oil? How much? Do you wash it off after a bit? If so how long do you leave it on for? Or do you kind of rub it in and that's that? Soz for all the q's but I'm really interested in trying this.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 12, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Thanks very much! I don't use moisturizer, so was a little in the dark. I'll give the coconut oil a shot though. Is it anything it can't do? :)

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351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

on July 11, 2011
at 10:36 PM

I remember seeing a video floating around on Youtube for homemade pore strips, using unflavored gelatin and milk. Believe it or not, there's actually some great DIY advice on there, if you're willing to search around a bit.

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

(132)

on July 28, 2011
at 04:01 PM

The person who made that video is Michelle Phan. I personally did not find it to work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for everyone. Just be warned that the gelatin mixture is seriously stinky. Michelle has a lot of diy masks and face washes. I also like Bubzbeauty...she does stuff like that too.

351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

(597)

on July 29, 2011
at 06:20 AM

Thank you! Now I can dig some of her stuff back up.

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:40 PM

Strawberries, aspirin and tomatoes contain the chemical skin exfoliant salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in most over the counter pore products. Just mash them up and apply for 10-15 minutes daily (depending on the sensitivity of your skin) to make pore extraction easy and avoid new plugs forming.

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C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 11, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Scrubbing with a mixture of honey/sugar has worked well for me (about equal parts of each), as has using clay as a mask once in a while. Also, not using moisturizer as often... even coconut oil, etc. (ie: if my face doesn't feel dry, I don't use it). Clay is great for sucing crap out of pores, and also tightening them. You can usually find different clays (red, green etc) at health food stores.

@Kelly, same as above! I can vouch for the oil cleansing method as well... really nice, and does not make you more oily (but I don't do it in the summer).

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 11, 2011
at 12:43 PM

It isn't natural but I know people who use elmers glue with mixed results. Here are some more natural ideas

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I wonder if this is technically like a collagen paste?

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23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

on December 12, 2012
at 06:11 PM

A great natural and paleo alternative to those pore strips is egg white, or if you want extra strength drawing power - egg white mixed with green clay powder. I use "Australian Blue Clay", (which is actually green) and there's some lovely green clay from France out there plus there may well be some local variant of a green/blue clay sourced closer to you. Green is the most drawing, but white kaolin clay also works the same way, only with a more gentle action.

Just save an egg white, freeze in an ice cube tray and keep in the freezer. You'll only need to chip a bit off to make enough for your nose each time (or maybe half the white to do your whole face). Use alone, or mix in enough dry clay powder (if you have it) to get it to a spreadable, not too runny, consistency that you like.

Smear on, let dry and wait for 10-15 mins or more if you like, then peel off in a similar fasion to the bought ones. (Though finickety egg might not agree to come off in one piece.)

You can check out Mountain Rose Herbs if you're having trouble finding green clay: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/search/search.php?refine=y&keywords=green+clay&x=0&y=0

All the best!

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 12, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Make a mask of Red Morroccan Clay (Ghassoul, I think it's called) and rose water (optional, just use water if you like). It works wonders. Total balance...

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6c6ff7607b2c5ae0a307f131e881fc86

on December 12, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Uhm, I have a question (for anyone whom is willing to answer) Does the clay really help shrink the pores? I am a 21 year old male, and I am not sure why.... but recently my body has been going through a stage with my skin being too dry/ then getting too greasy.... My hair is the worst part.... but unfortunately I have fairly large pores not huge or anything, but noticeable

The coconut oil definately sounds like something I could try, and I have been wanting to try the clay for some time, 1st. does it work? and 2nd. is there a particular type of clay that needs to be used?

and information would be helpful! thanks : D

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:20 PM

wow you guys are awesome!!

so, whats good for allergic to everything skin, mixed skin Tzone oily skin, rest normal??

Currently using Avene products, I never break out using the cream cleanser and sunblock.

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