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. 

Why You Have Blackheads on Your Nose

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.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose

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 achieve clear skin.

Step 1: Remove Existing Blackheads With Pore Strips

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.

Step 2: Daily Maintenance to Treat and Help Prevent Breakouts

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.

Expert Tips to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose

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.

  • Always wash off your makeup before going to bed (no excuses!). “Makeup can cause clogging of the pore and blackheads,” says Palmer. If you’re too tired for a full skincare routine at night, keep makeup removing face wipes next to your bed.
  • Although staying active is healthy for your skin, excess sweat increases the chance that your pores will become clogged. To help treat blackheads, wash your face as soon as you can after your workout. “For ladies who brunch right after their workouts, I always recommend gentle face wipes to hold them over until they can hit the shower. You can wipe the sweat and oil off your face, chest, and back to help prevent acne.  For more serious cases, a prescription-strength antibacterial wipe can be helpful to keep in your gym bag for post-workout cleansing,” says Palmer.
  • Palmer suggests adding acne-fighting acids to your skincare routine. She tells us that “acids can be helpful in getting rid of nose blackheads over time. This can be done via a Salicylic Acid cleanser or a facial toner with Salicylic Acid for dual benefits of the acid as well as the pore tightening from the toner.”
Now that we know how to help prevent blackheads from showing up on our noses, let’s get to the good stuff, removing blackheads.

How to Remove Blackheads From Nose

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.

Option 1: Expert Extraction

“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.

Option 2: Manual Extraction

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.

Option 3: Pore Strips

“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 pore 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.

How to Prevent Blackheads on Your Nose

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.

  1. Wash your face twice a day. Use a daily face cleanser once in the morning and once at night. Be careful not to overwash your face as it can strip your face of its natural oils. Overwashing can start a chain reaction in your skin that causes it to produce even more oil to overcompensate for dry skin. Use our tips on how to use cleanser for more on how to wash your face. 

  2. Use oil-free lotion and sunscreen. Because excess oil is one of the causes of blackheads, make sure to buy oil-free products. This will ensure that your skin is protected and hydrated without adding extra oil to your skin.

  3. Use non-comedogenic makeup. Did you know that the same makeup you reach for to cover up your acne can actually lead to more breakouts? Non-comedogenic makeup is skin-friendly makeup that is specifically designed to not clog your pores.

  4. Wash your pillowcases once a week. Pore-clogging oil and bacteria can live on your pillowcase and contribute to breakouts while you’re sleeping. Wash your pillowcases once a week to prevent dirt and oil buildup.

  5. Avoid touching your face. During the day, your hands come in contact with millions of nasty bacteria. If you have a bad habit of touching your face, this bacteria can get into your pores and contribute to blackheads. Also, be wary of anything that touches your face, like your cellphone or glasses. Regularly clean these to prevent excess dirt from making its way into your pores.
Use these steps to remove blackheads on your nose and help prevent future breakouts from forming. Review the top tips below and check out our other skincare resources to learn even more.

Key Takeaways

  • Blackheads on your nose are most often caused by excess oil and dirt on your face, which leads to clogged pores.

  • The best way to get rid of blackheads is to follow a consistent skincare routine that combines a variety of powerful acne-fighting products.

  • Effective ways to get rid of blackheads is to remove existing blackheads with a pore strip, treat and help prevent blackheads with a daily cleanser with salicylic acid, followed by a toner. Using gentle scrubs and masks weekly will also help exfoliate your skin.

  • If you live a very active and busy lifestyle, carry face wipes with you to clean your face and help prevent breakouts on the go.

  • Don’t try to do pore extractions on your own. Schedule an appointment with a professional for best results.

  • Ultimately, fighting blackheads on your nose involves keeping your skin clear and cleansed via lifestyle and skincare remedies.

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