Proven Way to Get Rid of Blackheads on the Nose
Blackheads are known as open comedones because their contents are exposed to the skin's surface, according to Medical News Today. This form of acne occurs when dirt and oils clog the pores, creating a tiny plug. When the oils react with the air, the plug turns black, creating a blackhead. Blackheads on the skin of the nose can be painful to remove because the skin is close to the nasal bones. Because blackheads can take time to disappear in the absence of intervention, utilizing treatments and tools to remove this nuisance can improve your complexion.
Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and oils that can contribute to blackhead development. Pay careful attention to the folds of the nostrils, which can be overlooked during your washing session.
Apply a spot treatment to your blackheads that contains benzoyl peroxide, according to Acne Talks. Benzoyl peroxide is effective in fighting blackheads because it works to break up the contents in the blackhead. You should try to first remove a blackhead with benzoyl peroxide as this requires less damage to the skin than extractions do.
Steam the skin for five to 10 minutes. This can be accomplished in the shower, by laying steamed towels over the face or by placing a towel over your face and a bowl of streaming hot water. Steaming the face before manually extracting a blackhead on the nose can help it to come out more easily.
Cleanse your hands thoroughly to remove any excess bacteria, dirt and oil.
Wrap your fingers in cotton pads dipped in astringent, according to DERMA Doctor, a skin care resource website reviewed by dermatologists. Place your fingers on either side of the blackhead on your nose. Try to find a space with as much flesh as possible, which can minimize discomfort.
Press downward and slightly inward on the blackhead to extract it. If the blackhead does not pop out easily, refrain from forcing it out. This can cause a scar to develop.
Apply an oil-controlling face mask to the nose to remove any excess dirt and oils that remain in the pore, according to DERMA Doctor. This helps to reduce infection and the likelihood that the blackhead will recur.
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