How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose
Black heads appear on the nose when pores are filled with oil and bacteria and are oxidized or exposed to air. The nose is a common problem spot because it is in the middle of the T-zone, an area on the face that has excessive oil production for some people. Black heads are commonly only visible upon close inspection of the nose and surrounding area, however some people can be very self conscious of the darkened pores.
Follow a daily facial regimen twice daily. Cleanse with a soap that is formulated for acne-prone skin. Use a toner or astringent such as witch hazel. Astringents deep clean skin and close pores after washing. A moisturizer is recommended, even for oily skin. Use a moisturizer that is labeled oil-free and noncomedogenic. Do not over cleanse skin, as this will increase oil product.
Do not squeeze blackheads. Though squeezing and pinching pores to remove blackheads may seem an ideal solution, the skin can become irritated. Bacteria can spread and actually cause an increase in acne. Skin can also be scarred and damaged by removing blackheads this way. If a blackhead is deep in the skin, a dermatologist may remove the blackhead using specialized techniques by applying pressure to the area.
Apply pore stripes to the nose area. A wide variety of strips are available over the counter. Place a strip on a wet nose. Allow strip to dry. Pull the strip slowly from the nose. The pores will become unplugged. Not all blackheads will be removed. Use strips on a weekly basis or as needed.
Use a chemical peel. This can remove the very top layer of the skin, many times unclogging pores and removing blackheads. At-home chemical peels can be purchased at drug stores. Apply following directions, as misuse can damage skin. For acne-prone skin, look for peels that contain salicylic acid, or beta hydroxy acid, as well as peels that are made specifically for oily or acne-prone skin. Depending on the specific peel used, some can be used several times a week, while others should only be used once a month. Speak with a dermatologist or day spa about the different options available for a deeper chemical peel.
Treat nose with a light dose of salicylic acid. The medication is added to topical creams. The treatment will exfoliate the top layer of skin and unplug pores. Apply the lotion or medicated cream once face has been washed and leave on to dry. Use cautiously, as the medicated cream can over dry skin, causing increased oil production.
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