Have you noticed those black, tiny spots that appear around the nose area? The ones that- no matter how much cleaning you do- just won’t go away?
They appear when your hormones go crazy and when your skin produces too much oil. They get their black color from oxidized melanin.
Now, I know what you’re thinking:
Blackheads are problematic to deal with. And I couldn’t agree more.
Because of that, I came up with this handy guide on how to get rid of blackheads on nose. These tips are really easy to do and they wouldn’t take too much of your time.
So, shall we dive into it?
1. Wash With Cleansers With Glycolic and Salicylic Acids
These two act as skin exfoliants.
Glycolic acid is a form of Alpha-Hydroxy Acid and is naturally found in foods. Its primary goal is to fight the signs of aging and moisturize and promote skin firmness.
When it comes to acne, AHAs help improve its appearance and fade away any scar.
Salicylic acid, on the other hand, is a type of Beta-Hydroxy Acid. It helps increase the skin’s moisture levels and dissolve sebum to make it easier to unclog the pores.
It is also gentler than using AHAs to treat acne.
It doesn’t kill the bacteria that cause zits. So, both AHAs and BHAs should be used at the same time to be an effective acne-buster.
How to use:
If you’ve been using plain soap and water to clean your face, it’s time to ditch the habit.
Opt for face washes formulated with salicylic and glycolic acids and use them at least twice a day (or as directed) for best results.
A word of caution, though.
Remember not to scrub too hard. Scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and make it more vulnerable to acne-causing bacteria.
Also, never go out without applying your sunscreen. AHAs and BHAs can increase your sensitivity to the sun.
2. Use Pore Strips
The perfect solution for a quick blackhead removal.
I know you’ll agree with me on that one.
But, honestly, using pore strips isn’t entirely a great experience. It’s gross and satisfying at the same time.
Well, it’s gross since you can literally see how much blackheads have accumulated on your skin. It’s satisfying because you can actually see all those tiny spots being “removed” from your face.
These medicated strips stick to blackheads, oil, hair and dead skin cells to clean the surface of the nose. Notice how the word surface is in bold letters.
You see, pore strips only remove the top portion of the blackhead. So, while you may get instant results in using them, they’re not a long-term solution.
How to use:
Make sure you have washed your face completely. Applying the strip to an unclean face will yield no results.
Then, while the skin is still damp (not wet,) apply the strip over your nose. Use it as indicated to achieve the best results.
A word of caution:
Dermatologists don’t totally agree with this.
Although pore strips do not break capillaries, this doesn’t mean that they’re a good option. In fact, it can damage your skin, particularly if your skin is sensitive and naturally thin.
3. Consider Microdermabrasion
If you’re willing to spend a few bucks, this option is for you.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that gently removes the skin’s top layer using tiny crystals. It also increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen growth for younger-looking skin.
And you know what else?
It can also reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, making it a popular choice for those with blackheads.
Compared to dermabrasion, this procedure is safe for all skin colors and types. It is, however, not your best choice if you have deep acne scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
It has no side effects, too. Well, except for the irritation you can get when those crystals end up in your eyes.
How to use:
Microdermabrasion is performed in your doctor’s office.
You’ll undergo a consultation first where the procedure will be discussed more in detail.
After the procedure, your skin will feel tight and look pink.
This is completely normal and should go away within 24 hours.
Wear moisturizers to help with the dryness and sunscreen for protection. Don’t apply any makeup product within 24 hours after treatment.
4. Use a Mint and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Thought I’ll end this post without a natural remedy?
Apple cider vinegar is go-to when it comes to acne. It has a long list of skin benefits, including being an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
There still isn’t a study showing ACV’s ability to ward off P. acnes. But, it contains lactic acid which is effective in fighting the said bacteria.
In a 2002 report, lactic acid lotion was used by 22 patients two times a day for one year. While 2 people reported less than a 50% improvement in their acne, the remaining noticed a huge difference.
Mint leaves, on the other hand, have anti-inflammatory properties. This means they can help soothe minor skin irritations and tone down any redness.
They are also a good source of salicylic acid. They have Vitamin A to control oil production and Vitamin C to help boost the production of collagen, too.
How to use:
For this toner, you’ll need 3 tablespoons of crushed mint leaves and 3 tablespoons of ACV.
Combine the two ingredients in a small bowl. Cover it and let it sit in a dark place for a week.
After a week, strain the mixture and add 1 cup of water. Pour the content into a bottle and place in the refrigerator for another week.
Apply the toner to your nose using a cotton ball. Leave it on overnight before rinsing it off.
If you have sensitive skin, a few hours will do.
Tip: This is best done after steaming your face. It will help open the pores to make it easier to remove dirt and deep-seated oil.
Being free of zits mean nothing if you still have blackheads.
Blackheads are technically a form of acne. But, unlike your “typical” acne, they don’t pop out which makes them harder to treat.
Fortunately, there are various ways on how to get rid of them.
You can go the chemical way or go the natural path. Whichever one you choose, I guarantee you that it truly works.
What other ways on how to get rid of blackheads on nose have you tried? Comment down below, I’d love to hear from you!