Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and stared at yourself trying to figure out the ultimate solution that can help you remove those pesky and infuriating blackheads from your nose? Guess what, you’re not alone.
While my face is rather blackhead-free despite having some large pores on my cheek, the tip of the nose always has a few blackheads that won’t budge. Our nose does have more oil glands so they tend to be more prone to the formation of blackheads.
But these tiny black dots can erupt anytime, on any part of your skin, and make you go completely insane figuring out ways to get rid of them.
But if treated in the right manner, blackheads can be easily eliminated. So, here’s all you need to know about the causes of blackheads and some safe, effective measures to remove blackheads from nose and ensure soft, supple, and glowing skin.
Why Do We Get Blackheads on Nose?
Blackheads are a type of comedone aka pores that have been clogged with excess sebum(oil), bacteria and dead skin. The sebum gets oxidized when exposed to oxygen and thus turns black (much like apples that turn dark when left out in open).
So despite popular belief, blackheads are not entirely dirt stuck in your pores but rather oxidised sebum.
Key Causes Of Blackheads:
These open comedones can be caused by several factors, some of which are:
- Excessive sebum produced by the sebaceous(oil) glands due to high androgen levels, weather, genetics etc.
- Accumulation of dirt and oil in pores due to improper cleansing.
- Not getting rid of dead skin cells with a regular exfoliation routine.
- Using heavy, oil-based makeup or moisturizers if you have oily skin.
- Not following a proper skincare routine for oil control.
- Having enlarged pores
- Sweating a lot due to hot weather or exercise
Difference Between Blackheads And Whiteheads:
While both blackheads and whiteheads are comedones that are stubborn and difficult to deal with, there’s a significant difference between the two. Blackheads are open comedones whereas whiteheads are closed comedones with a thin layer of dead skin present on top of the pore.
The open comedones oxidize on exposure to air and turn black, whereas the dead skin on top of closed comedones prevents whiteheads from oxidization, thus resulting in their colour being white or pink.
They can both turn into pimples if there is the right environment for the acne-causing C. Acnes bacteria to multiply rapidly. So preventing and treating them in time will help you get clear skin.
4 Safe Ways To Get Rid Of Blackheads on Nose
There’s an ongoing debate on the use of nose pore strips. Some state it to be the best blackhead remover while other experts find it to be quite harsh.
Regular use of such pore strips can indeed damage your skin with the harsh pulling action. And since blackheads tend to be recurring in nature, I too think it is best to skip them. Especially since there are much safer ways to get rid of them.
It may take a little longer to remove blackheads from your nose but following the right routine with a little bit of patience can help you in the long run.
Here are some simple and effective tips that help get rid of blackheads on nose and face:
1. Follow a good cleansing routine:
This seems basic but cleansing your skin properly, especially around the nose can help you get rid of dirt, oil, grime, and makeup residue that gets stuck in your pores to become blackheads.
Use a gentle cleanser made for your skin type at least twice a day, especially if you sweat a lot. And make sure to massage it for at least 30 seconds on your face before you rinse it off.
The Moms Co. Natural Clay Wash is my favourite budget facewash for oily skin that removes excess oil very well without drying out my skin.
2. Use a charcoal mask every week:
A DIY Charcoal mask or any other clay mask works wonders on blackheads and acne-prone skin and is one of the simplest home remedies for blackheads.
Both activated charcoal and clay will absorb excess oil, grime, and dirt from the pores making your blackheads seem less noticeable. Just make sure to apply a nice hydrating moisturizer after using a clay mask to avoid any dryness.
3. Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly:
Gentle physical scrubs or even exfoliating acids can help unclog your pores by getting rid of dead skin cells. Both Alpha-hydroxy acids(AHAs) and Beta hydroxy acids(BHAs) have exfoliating properties that can help get rid of blackheads on the nose.
But BHAs work better as they are oil-soluble and exfoliate on a deeper level. The Vaunt Complete Care Body Wash is a good choice for beginners as it is has both AHA/BHA and is hydrating so can be 3-4 times a week.
4. Get Help From A Professional:
No matter how much you stop yourself, squeezing those pesky blackheads is really tempting at times. But, it can lead to scarring, skin inflammation, and sometimes even infection leading to a painful pimple (been there, done that).
If your skin is prone to blackheads and all these remedies are not helping you, it’s always advisable to visit a dermatologist or aesthetician for professional blackhead removal.
The Best Ingredients to Prevent Blackheads
These ingredients have proved quite helpful to me in treating blackheads on my nose and preventing them. So add them to your skincare regimen if your skin is prone to blackheads:
- Salicyclic acid: This BHA dissolves dead skin cells and sebum preventing your hair follicles from excessive clogging. So look for products infused with 1-2% salicylic acid for blackheads removal.
- Azelaic acid: This AHA is quite helpful for oily, acne-prone skin as it controls blackheads and even acne by exfoliating your skin gently while also fading dark spots.
- Retinol: For severe blackheads, even retinol can help put an end to your misery by removing the blackheads from your nose and other areas. It improves skin cell turnover to help control all types of comedones.
- Niacinamide: My current favourite ingredient for oily skin, niacinamide serum minimizes the appearance of pores and controls excess sebum production which helps control blackheads and whiteheads.
- Witch Hazel: This natural ingredient is an astringent toner aka it tightens your pores and reduces oil secretion to help keep blackheads at bay.
- Natural Clays: Using natural clay masks like kaolin, bentonite, dead sea mud and even Multani mitti 1-2 times a week will gradually remove blackheads from your nose by absorbing the excess dirt and oil from your pores.
Some Quick Tips And Tricks To Remove Blackheads From Nose
- Steam your face for 5 minutes every week before scrubbing your face as it makes blackhead removal easier.
- Double cleanse in your evening cleansing routine(first with an oil-based cleanser and then a face wash) if you wear makeup or water-proof sunscreen every day as it helps deep cleanse your skin.
- Use water-based, non-comedogenic makeup products as they won’t clog your pores.
- Make a habit of regularly washing your pillow cover to get rid of dead skin and oil that transfers to it while you sleep.
- Stop touching your face constantly as your hands can transfer bacteria and dirt from one place to another causing more blackheads on the nose.
- Use oil blotting sheets to absorb excess oil from your nose without disturbing your makeup.
It’s completely okay to get exasperated with the appearance of these blackheads and feel disheartened about them as they often tend to be reoccurring. But with correct measures, you can easily control these minuscule enemies from appearing on your face.
So follow these tips and be consistent with your skincare regimen to get rid of blackheads for good.
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