How to Get Rid of Dark Pores on Legs

Dark pores are caused by impurities becoming trapped inside the skin. These impurities, including sebum, excess oil, dirt and bacteria, become lodged inside the pores and are oxidized, turning the pores brown. Often referred to as blackheads, dark pores can occur anywhere on the body, and can be difficult to eliminate because they do not usually respond to over-the-counter acne products. When dark pores appear on the legs, there are certain treatments and remedies that can be used to effectively eliminate them.

A woman is soaking in a hot bathtub. (Image: Caroline Klapper/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Soak the legs in a hot bathtub to open the pores and loosen dead skin. Fill a bathtub full of hot water, but not hot enough to scald the skin. Soak in the hot bath for at least 15 minutes, making sure to completely cover the areas affected by dark pores.

Step 2

Exfoliate the skin using a natural, mildly abrasive scrub, such as baking soda. Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your hand, and mix 1 teaspoon of warm water into it. Spread the baking soda paste onto the area affected by dark pores, and gently massage it in using small, circular motions for three to four minutes.

Step 3

Massage the legs with a tea tree oil mixture that will keep the pores free of bacteria. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your palm, and mix 2 drops of tea tree oil into it. Massage the oils into the areas affected by dark pores for at least three minutes. Allow the oils to remain on the skin and soak in.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub

  • Water

  • Baking soda

  • Tea tree oil

  • Olive oil


Soaking the skin in hot water helps open up the pores, which can allow any entrapment to drain out more easily. Soaking the skin also loosens and softens dead skin cells that can become trapped inside the pores.

Exfoliating the skin with a natural scrub removes dead skin and bacteria that can become clogged in the skin, resulting in dark pores and blackheads. Since baking soda is comprised of smooth particulates, it can buff off dead skin without causing irritation or inflammation.

Tea tree oil is an antibacterial oil that can be used on the skin to kill off acne-causing bacteria and microbes. In order to use tea tree oil on the legs, it is important to dilute it into a 5 percent solution, which can be accomplished by combining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil.

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