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How to Shrink Your Pores with Glue

Updated on January 17, 2016

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Blackheads are a bummer. Usually they're not as noticeable as you think (if at all), but it can make you feel self-conscious. Unless you are incredibly lucky and have perfect skin, it is something we all deal with it at one point or another.

If you've tried other removal methods but to no avail, perhaps this article can steer you in the right direction. It doesn't hurt to try, either. Your skin may just feel softer afterward as a result.

(Note: There is a difference in "pores" and "blackheads", but for the sake of the common mixing up of the two words, I titled this article with what I thought may be more properly suited. Further details about the differences are at the bottom.)

You'll Need:

  • Safe, non-toxic, basic liquid glue such as Elmer's School Glue (not the stick kind)
  • Clean washcloth
  • Hot water
  • Optional: Bowl


What to Do:

This method is very simple. Before beginning, make sure your face is clean and make-up free. Then, go ahead and steam your face, apply glue to your problem areas, let it dry, and carefully peel it off. Voila!

Why Do You Need to Steam?

Steaming your face opens up your pores so the glue can extract the "gunk" easier. Peeling the glue off removes some of the buildup in your pores, cleaning them out and helping them to appear smaller.

Steaming Methods

Wash Cloth Method:

You can either steam your face by wetting a wash cloth with hot water (not so hot that it's painful) and applying it to your face. Leave the wash cloth on for a few minutes or so.

Bowl Method:

Fill a bowl with hot water and hold your face over it at a safe distance. Optional: Cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in. Do this for approximately a few minutes. Be sure you're comfortable and can breathe normally.

The Science


Are you curious about blackheads? Here's some basic background information:

Bacteria, dirt, oil, and dead skin cells become trapped in your skin and cause clogged pores, which are clogged follicles. Blackheads (and whiteheads) begin as clogged pores, but clogged pores don't always turn into them. These "heads" are indeed a mild form of acne, called comedones. Blackheads look like black spots/bumps and are dark due to air exposure. Blackheads are open comedones, meaning the skin over them is open, while whiteheads are closed comedones, meaning the skin over them is closed.

Summary: If you can prevent clogged pores, you can prevent blackheads (and whiteheads)!

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