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 and “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 1.) remove existing blackheads and 2.) help maintain clean pores.
“THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF BLACKHEADS IS TO FOLLOW A CONSISTENT SKINCARE ROUTINE THAT COMBINES A VARIETY OF EFFECTIVE ACNE-FIGHTING PRODUCTS”
Pore strips act like a magnet to instantly lift out deep down dirt and oil and with continued use, will help reduce the appearance of your pores.
1: To use, remove the strip from its pouch and peel the strip off plastic. To help remove the nose strip from the plastic, give it a twist!
2: Apply to nose, smooth side down. You need to make sure your nose is wet or the pore strip won’t stick and it can’t do its job
3: After you let it dry for about 10-15 minutes, you can slowly pull it off, starting from the edges. For best results, use weekly.
Use an acne scrub 2-3x per week to smooth rough skin and to help unclog pores. Products with polishing microcrystals can provide additional exfoliation and deep cleaning without irritation or stripping the skin of moisture.
Self-heating masks loosen and clear away pore clogs while conditioning skin. Incorporate a face mask into your skin care regimen 2-3x per week.
Now, let’s bring in the experts for additional skincare tips on how 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 skin care experts at Bioré.
Now that we know how to help prevent blackheads from showing up on our noses, let’s get to the good stuff, removing blackheads.
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, these 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.
“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.”
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. 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.
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.
1. Blackheads on your nose are most often caused by excess oil and dirt on your face, which leads to clogged pores.
2. The best way to get rid of blackheads is to follow a consistent skincare routine that combines a variety of powerful acne-fighting products.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Don’t try to do pore extractions on your own. Schedule an appointment with a professional for best results.
6. Ultimately, fighting blackheads on your nose involves keeping the area clear and cleansed via lifestyle and skincare remedies.
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