How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Nose
Blackheads are a type of acne that form on the skin as a result of skin cells and oil getting stuck in the pores. When air hits it, it dries the pore out and turns the blemish black in color. As it dries out, the debris in the pores becomes solid and forms a black center to the blemish, which is how the blackhead gets its name.
These blemishes can form in a number of different locations on the body, but are very common on the face, and particularly the nose. There are a number of different ways in which these blackheads can be gotten rid of. But whatever you do, avoid picking your blackheads to prevent causing more skin care problems and scarring.
Because a blackhead is nothing more than oxidized oil and dead skin cells that are clogging the pores, they need to be dissolved in order to properly clear the pore being blocked. The use of a product with salicylic acid helps to dissolve the blackheads away, but it does not work overnight. In order for salicylic acid to be most effective, a leave on product is more beneficial than one you rinse off like a soap or body wash. This is because the longer the salicylic acid is on the skin, the more it can dissolve the blemishes.
Over the course of several days, you will notice a number of the blackheads begin to dissolve and disappear. Others may still be there, but will be loosened and dissolve further as you continue to use the product. Just make sure to not use multiple products with salicylic acid. Otherwise, you will end up with the skin becoming too irritated and dry. It can also trigger your skin to create more oil to compensate for it and could create more blackheads to form.
Retinoid and Retinol
There are a number of retinoid based products available on the market today. The stronger based products are only available by a prescription from your doctor. These products have been found to be very effective on treating and preventing blackheads.
However, if you have sensitive skin these stronger products may be too harsh to use on your skin. Lower strength retinol creams are available at many pharmacies and beauty stores. These are less harsh on the skin and great for use on people who have mild to moderate blackheads.
Exfoliate Your Skin
When you are faced with blackheads on your nose, it is important to periodically exfoliate your skin. There are a number of different ways to do this. You can get over the counter products that help to exfoliate the area. Some of these products also have additional active ingredients to help dry up blackheads like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Make sure to double check all of your over the counter products to be sure you are not using multiple products with the same active ingredients in it. Also make sure the products are designed to be used on the face, as the skin on your face is delicate. Using a weekly enzyme exfoliant on your face can also help to break down blackheads and help to eliminate them.
Another treatment for excessive blackheads is to get microdermabrasion on your face. This treatment is usually done by a dermatologist or esthetician. It uses small crystals to gently remove the top layer of skin and can remove a number of blackheads. This treatment can exfoliate the skin and help to promote growth of healthy new skin cells.
There are also products that mimic microdermabrasion that can be done at home. They are usually less expensive than professional treatments. While these products are less abrasive than microdermabrasion treatments received in a professional’s office, but it should still only be done periodically so as not to damage your healthy skin.
Natural Home Remedies
There are also a number of home remedies that can be used to help eliminate blackheads on your nose. The first treatment is to use steam to help soften your skin and makes it easier for your skin to be exfoliated. Put boiling water into a bowl. Lean over the bowl and allow the steam to work for about five to ten minutes. You can repeat this same process a couple times a week, and it works best before exfoliating or using a scrub on your face.
A second treatments is to use baking soda to exfoliate the skin on your nose. The baking soda helps to dry up the blackheads while cleaning your skin. Mix a couple of tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a paste. Spread the paste on your nose, and gently massage the area gentle so as not to damage your skin. Then allow the paste to dry for about five minutes before rinsing the area off with warm water.
For additional antibacterial and astringent properties, instead of using water, use some apple cider vinegar to make the paste. This process can be used a couple of times a week to help treat blackheads. A third home remedy is to make your own sugar scrub for your face. This should not be used at the same time as the baking soda, but does work great after using a steam treatment. Mix four tablespoons of olive oil with a cup of sugar.
Then wet your face and use the sugar scrub to exfoliate your face in a circular motion using your fingertips. Then rinse your face with warm water to make sure all of the residue is gone. This can be done a couple of times a week.
Preventing Future Blackheads
One of the most important things in treating blackheads is to then prevent additional outbreaks from occurring. One way to prevent blackheads it to look at your diet. Avoid foods that can trigger outbreaks. Instead of eat nutrient rich foods that are not over processed. Drink plenty of H2O, and avoid caffeine and carbonated beverages.
Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, as they can harm the skin. Avoid touching your skin any more than is necessary, and wash your hands beforehand if you must touch your face. Exercising regularly can also help to clear out your pores. But because it causes excess sweat, make sure to shower and change your clothes afterwards to prevent blackheads from forming.
If you suspect your medication is contributing to blackhead outbreaks, consult with your physician to see if there are alternative options to treat your medical needs that will not contribute to future outbreaks. When looking at your beauty routine, look for makeup and products which do not clog pores, and that can help to fight acne. Just do not overdo it.
If you use too many acne fighting products, it can complicate your skin instead of improving it. Also look for makeup products with natural ingredients and that are mineral based. These can help your skin to heal and repair itself while you are wearing your makeup.
Pore Strips and Other Methods of Removal
There are a few methods of removal of blackheads that are safe to do at home. However, at no point in time should you ever squeeze of pick at blackheads to try and remove them. One common method is to use pore strips to remove blackheads and unclog pores. These strips are available at many pharmacies.
They are medicated strips which are moistened and placed on your nose. They are allowed to dry for a few minutes before being removed from the nose. As it is removed, it pulls out oil plugs that cause blackheads in the nose. There are also home remedies for creating “homemade” pore strips. To do this, mix together one tablespoon of warm milk and one tablespoon of warm honey. Then place the mixture on your nose.
Take a strip of cotton fabric and place on the mixture. Allow it to dry for ten to twenty minutes before removing it from your nose. Then rinse off any residue left behind. All other methods of removing blackheads should be left to a dermatologist to address.
Consulting with Your General Physician
There are times that no matter what you try to do, you will still get blackheads on your nose. If you have tried a number of home remedies or you suspect your medication may be the cause of your acne, you should call your doctor. Your doctor can assess your skin and determine if there is another underlying cause for your blackheads, or if a medication change might help.
If appropriate, your physician can also prescribe specific gels, creams, cleansers, and oral medications which are only available to treat acne by a prescription. Your doctor can also help you to determine if you need to see a specialist, known as a dermatologist. A dermatologist treats skin ailments, and have access to treatments many general physicians may not. They also can help to determine what the best option is for your skin and the type of acne you are facing.