The medical term for blackheads on the nose is open comedones. Blackheads can happen anywhere, but when they appear on your nose, they present a unique set of challenges in care and prevention. Blackheads have similar causes regardless of where they appear on your body, but they can be more noticeable when they show up on your nose.
Your nose is one of the first things that other people see, so let’s help you put your best nose forward by learning about what causes blackheads and how to address them.
Blackheads on your nose are caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria in your skin’s pores. Due to the increased number of oil glands on the nose, this is the most common area for blackheads.
Blackheads are actually clogged hair follicles. “When these are exposed to the air, they turn black,” says Erica Palmer, head of Bioré Skincare R&D. “As we age, the skin’s sebum production increases, which is why you still get blackheads at a later age. Blackheads are not a result of dirt or insufficient cleansing of the skin,” says Palmer.
Now that we know why blackheads often appear on your nose, it’s important to figure out how to get rid of them before they get worse.
The best way to get rid of blackheads is to follow a consistent skincare routine that combines a variety of effective acne-fighting products. Ideally, you are using products that remove existing blackheads and help maintain clean pores.
Pore strips act like a magnet to instantly lift out deep-down dirt and oil. With regular use, pore strips can help reduce the appearance of your pores.
Preventing blackheads often comes down to following a regular skincare routine for oily skin. Blackheads are often caused by excess oil on the surface of your skin. This oil gets trapped in your pores and leads to clogged pores, blackheads, and other breakouts.
As you look for the perfect routine for your unique skin, consider the following steps. First, look for a daily face cleanser with Salicylic Acid. This ingredient helps control oil and prevent acne by deep cleaning your pores and helping get rid of dead skin cells on your face. Next, add a gentle face scrub to your weekly routine. For effective exfoliation, you only need to exfoliate one to three times a week, depending on your skin's sensitivity. Avoid overscrubbing your skin, as it can cause your pores to go into oil production overdrive!
To prevent excess oil and refine your pores, add a pore-clarifying toner into the mix. Using toner can help remove residue and control oil to prevent and treat blemishes. Lastly, add a clay mask to your weekly routine. Our brightening clay mask helps lift away dead skin cells and improve your skin's tone & texture to reveal a healthy, bright complexion.
Removing blackheads on your nose can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. We spoke to the experts, and here are some additional tips from our trusted skincare experts at Bioré.
While it’s tempting to poke and prod your nose to remove blackheads, this can often end up making blackheads worse in the long run. Here are some better (and safer!) options for removing blackheads on your nose without causing excess damage.
“Do see a dermatologist and get facials by a licensed esthetician. Do not try to pick or dig at your blackheads, If you must pick your own, do so after a long warm shower, so that the skin and blackheads are softened and extract easily, with minimal harm to the skin,” says Palmer.
Manual extractions are risky and should only be done by a licensed esthetician or board-certified dermatologist. Improper extractions can lead to scarring. Even pressure must be applied around the clogged pore to avoid scarring and sterile instruments should be used to prevent infection. This can be very helpful on a 2-3 monthly schedule with a good, expert esthetician.
“Pore strips work great on blackheads and blocked pores as an adjunct to your skin care routine,” says Palmer. According to Palmer, pore strips can help remove dirt and residue buildup before they clog pores. Pore strips are most effective when they are used right after the skin has been exposed to moisture, just after a shower, or after the skin has been exposed to steam. This helps the pores to slightly open and the plug is looser in the pores, allowing for easier removal.
After you put in all that hard work to remove your blackheads, it’s important to know how to help prevent them from making a comeback on your face. Add these tips to your skincare routine to help prevent blackheads on your nose.
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