Your nose and cheeks are the first zones of attraction in your face.
Any skin change or deviation on your nose; however insignificant, can be spotted easily by you and others. Even if you are not beauty-conscious, aberrations in the nose skin texture, color, firmness, and luster could bother you.
Though it is a less-severe dermatologic issue, you might have heard of plenty of cosmetic products and treatment methods to treat this. Social media is replete with articles and blogposts on methods of eliminating this.
Before you try out your hand with home remedies for blackheads on nose, a sketchy summary of what they are, can help you focus on your methods.
What Are Blackheads?
Your skin has lots of pores, or in plain language, small “pits” or “holes.”
Your facial skin is prone to external impacts and vulnerable to reactions due to hormonal secretions. These pores can get clogged by infinitesimal amounts of solid particles or liquids.
Because of this, the skin remnants react with liquids and solids and block the pore. Such a clogged pore is medically termed “comedo (or pl. comedones).” They appear like micro bumps on the skin.
These comedones are of two types – closed or open. Closed comedones are called whiteheads.
Open comedones are called “blackheads.” The black coloration is rendered due to the oxidation of the clogged material.
What Causes Blackheads?
There is no specific organic or pathologic cause. Blackheads are expected in:
1. Adolescents undergoing hormonal changes during puberty.
2. Females who are in premenstrual phases.
3. Females with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
4. People who recklessly use skincare products without a dermatologist’s evaluation or recommendation.
5. Some ethnic groups which are genetically susceptible to blackhead eruptions.
In Which Body Areas Can Blackheads Occur?
Commonly, blackheads do not occur all over your body’s skin area. Their occurrence is restricted to:
Blackheads rarely can also show up on your thighs, ears, and sometimes the underarm area.
How To Prevent Blackheads On Nose?
Skin changes arising from hormonal surges during puberty take time to go away. Attempts to treat them aggressively are not advised. Each of them can have varying degrees of effects on the skin.
Because of this, preventing blackheads, especially over the nose area, is quite difficult. However, general ways to prevent facial skin problems work well for avoiding nose blackheads.
- Washing your face daily with warm water.
- Using a gentle facial cleanser daily.
- Sticking to products labelled “non-comedogenic” while wearing makeup.
- Removing makeup and washing your face with clean water before going to bed.
Your hands are susceptible to various microbial contacts as they are used profusely. Therefore, avoid touching your face.
How to prevent blackheads on nose from appearing again?
- Wash your face twice daily. After bodily exertions, like exercising in a gymnasium or with contact sports activities, wash as soon as the activity is over.
- Use a mild soap that does not react with your facial skin.
- Use non-oily cleansers.
- Try steaming your face at least twice weekly. This will help open up the pores and cleans them deeply.
- Try oil-free sunscreen irrespective of what type of skin you have.
Do exercise caution when using
- Cleansing strips that can help remove the blackhead.
- Cyanoacrylate adhesives that can stick to blackheads and separate from the skin in less than a week when the glue wears off.
These two methods can open the pores and extricate some excess skin along with blackheads in the process.
DIY Ways To Treat Blackheads On Nose
You can fabricate a nose mask using some kitchen ingredients and some from your nearest groceries.
As outlined below, they are made from one, two, three, or multiple items available at home. They yield better results when applied repetitively for around a week or so.
However, check your skin’s sensitivity to each before adopting them.
Baking Soda: It is proven to have mild antibacterial and antifungal characteristics. Mix baking soda and water in a 1:2 ratio. Apply over the blackheads on nose. Allow it to dry for half an hour. Then, wash your face with lukewarm water.
Egg White + Honey: Blend one egg white with a tablespoon of honey and prepare a paste. Taking care not to touch your hairy areas of the face, apply this mask over your nose. Leave it until it dries. Then, wash your face with mild warm water.
Lemon + Cinnamon: Powder cinnamon finely. Prepare a paste by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to it. Apply this paste all over your nose. Leave it until it dries. Then, wash your face with gentle warm water.
Green Tea: It is a demonstrated antioxidant. Mix it with water. Massage the wet leaves gently over the blackhead areas on the nose as required. Then, rinse with clean water.
Turmeric + Coconut Oil: Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a little coconut oil to form a smooth paste. Dab it over the blackheads. After 15 minutes, rinse your face with warm water.
Sugar + Lemon + Honey: Sugar removes jammed-up particles, while lemon helps in breaking up any oil built-up. To a tablespoon of sugar, add 3 drops of lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey, and make it a soft paste. Apply this over the blackhead areas on your nose. Leaving it dry for a few minutes, wash your face.
Sugar + Salt Scrub: Prepare a paste of water with sugar and salt in equal proportion. The crystalline nature of sugar and the antimicrobial properties of salt can combine to help blackhead removal on nose.
Turmeric + Honey: Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric with 1 tablespoon of honey. Add a few drops of water to attain a suitable consistency. Apply this thick paste over your nose. Then, remove it by splashing lukewarm water on your face.
Gram Flour + Yogurt + Honey + Turmeric: Prepare a mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of yogurt (or curd), 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of turmeric. Mix well together to form a paste. Apply this liberally all over your nose. After some time, rinse it off.
Cinnamon + Honey: To 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder, add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix it well. Apply over your nose area. Be aware that cinnamon can irritate your eyes and cheeks, so apply carefully.
Cucumber + Green Tea +Gelatin: To one-third cup of boiled water, add 1 tablespoon full of gelatin powder, 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice, and 2 tablespoons of green tea powder. Stir this well. Apply on the nose, and leave it to dry for around 20 minutes. After it dries, peel out the mask. Use cold water to wash your face.
Oatmeal + Yogurt + Lemon: Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, which helps in skin cleaning. Soak oatmeal in yogurt. Let it soak for around 15 minutes, as this makes it softer. Add 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice to this mixture. Form a fine paste. Apply fully over your nose. Rinse with cold water after 20 minutes.
Turmeric + Sandalwood + Yogurt: Turmeric and sandalwood are well-known to fight bacteria. In a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder. To that, add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Stir this mixture to form a fine paste. Apply all over the nose. Wash with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. This is ideally an Indian technique of nose blackhead removal.
Egg White + Lemon Juice: Egg white penetrates deep into the skin. When coupled with the strength of lemon, it unclogs the pores, removes the blackheads, and increases your overall facial complexion. Mix 2-3 drops of lemon juice with egg white. Apply this paste on a tissue paper. Stick that firmly on your nose. Rinse with water when your skin feels tighter.
Other than these plant-based products, you can also try:
Clay Mask: Historically, clay has been referred to as showing facial cleansing qualities. Masks made from clay act better than pore strips. Clay percolates into the pore and does the sanitizing. Be wary of clay masks containing sulfur, and ensure you are not sensitive to it.
Charcoal Mask: Charcoal-based skin creams and dental products are gaining popularity. It has been proven to act as a good detoxifying agent. Activated charcoal pills available at drugstores can be used to prepare a mask.
How to Treat Blackheads on Nose Using Complementary Methods?
Aside from modern treatment methods for blackheads, there are other modalities in vogue in different countries.
Indian Ayurvedic modalities of treatment use herbs; oriental methods like Japanese that use herbs like “kampo,” Chinese ways that utilize acupuncture, etc. Their efficacy varies from one person to another.
Plant-based foods and fruits rich in vitamin B6 help improve your overall skin tone and can also treat blackheads.
Blackheads On Nose: Do’s And Don’ts
Blackhead condition is not a medical emergency. Before trying methods on how to get rid of the blackheads on your nose, it would be advisable to wait for some time to see if they go away on their own.
Remember to follow the below-mentioned guidelines.
- Avoid Scrubbing: This could irritate the skin and worsen the condition.
- Avoid Touching/Pricking: Using your fingers frequently and contacting blackheads can spread infection.
- Avoid Pinching/Squeezing: You may push it further inside or, in the process, spread bacterial infection or sometimes seriously scar your skin.
- Avoid Greasy Hair/Skincare Products: They interact with your skin’s natural secretions and block the pores.
- Avoid Self-Tanners: When tanning, skip your face area altogether. This could either intensify the darkness or can even obstruct the pores than before.
You should also:
- Be gentle while shaving/exfoliating, especially the facial hair.
- Watch out for dietary products lactose may trigger blackheads.
- Seek out a dermatologist’s help to get his insights.
Blackheads at any point in time do not affect your physical health drastically. Only in rare cases they lead to more extensive and inflamed breakouts.
However, they can affect your psychosocial health or the way you respond to how others treat or comment on you, especially about such skin conditions. It can cause anxiety or mood disorders.
Do remember that rushing to eradicate them will only aggravate the situation. More specifically, if you are in the 10-25 age group, aggressively counter-attacking your natural bodily responses to hormonal changes may cause adverse reactions.
Despite trying the methods listed above, if your blackheads are stubborn or increasing in number or size, reach out to an expert cosmetologist. Your cosmetologist can put you through minimally invasive but best ways to get rid of blackheads.
Blackheads are open, clogged pores that appear on the skin due to hormonal secretions.
Blackheads do not occur all over your body’s skin area. They occur only on Nose and Chin.
Washing your face with warm water daily and using a facial cleanser can help prevent Blackheads.