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Try These Homemade Pore Cleansing Masks for Visibly Clearer Skin

Updated on April 25, 2012

Clogged pores look awful, and on top of that can lead to skin problems as well over time. Whether you’re just concerned about aesthetics or whether you suffer from acne, ensuring your pores stay clear will give you healthier and glowing skin. Luckily, pore cleansing masks are incredibly easy to make at home and are far more affordable than their store-bought counterparts

Pore Cleansing Mask with Milk and Gelatin


15ml Gelatin

20ml Milk

This is one of those strange-sounding beauty recipes, but it does work. All you need to do is to mix the milk and gelatin together and then heat it in the microwave for approximately 12 seconds. Smear the gelatin onto the affected areas and allow it to dry. Work quickly, because the gelatin tends to set as it’s applied. Leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes and then peel it off.

This mask works almost exactly like store-bought pore cleansing strips, but be warned: It looks disgusting and has a very distinctive smell. You’ll not want to be seen with this on your face, but the results are well worth it.

Bentonite Pore Cleansing Mask

Bentonite clay is an all-natural heavyweight when it comes to cleansing masks. It pulls impurities out of the pores and helps to bring excess oil to the surface. Impurities and oil actually stick to the clay and get washed away when the mask is rinsed off. Bentonite clay is a common ingredient of many well-known and pricey spa skin care ranges, but you can quite easily use it at home with great results.


30ml Bentonite clay (powdered)

30ml Water

This is another quick and simple pore cleansing mask recipe. All you need to do is to mix the clay powder and water together so that it forms a smooth paste. Once that’s done, smear it onto your face and then leave it on for 15 minutes while you relax. Rinse it off with cold water once you’re done and follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

Tips and Tricks

If you want to really boost the effect of these masks, then try steaming your face before applying the masks. Washing your face with warm water or applying a warm damp facecloth for a few minutes will also help to open up the pores. If the pores are open, impurities can be removed far more easily.

Using these masks once a week should give you much clearer skin over time, and you may be able to say goodbye to clogged pores forever. These pore cleansing masks are gentle enough to be used every few days, but for most of us once a week should do the trick.


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