Back in high-school, we used to feel exasperated to find whiteheads and blackheads on the nose, every time we saw the mirror. The untidy look they generated, coupled with the subsequent suggestions of not touching your face or squeezing them out was greatly despised by us. Therefore, the pleasure of discovering charcoal pore strips in the market was equivalent to the excitement of winning a treasure hunt.
However, those strips may not be the only or even the best way of removing blackheads from nose. Today, we will share some remedies for blackheads.
To remove blackheads effectively, and prevent them from occurring again, we first need to understand what they actually are and how they are formed.
Blackheads are formed due to the accumulation of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells in open skin pores. This filth then oxidizes after coming into contact with air and hence turns black.
What to do about them?
Wash your face multiple times
Before removing blackheads from the nose, a wise choice would be to prevent them in the first place. Now that you know how blackheads are formed, we must try to clean our face after exercising or any outdoor activity to prevent the sweat and dirt from getting trapped in our skin pores. However, if your daily routine does not involve a lot of exposure to the causes of blackhead formation, washing your face twice a day may be enough.
The need to cleanse your face may also depend on your skin type. Oily or combination skin may need a more frequent cleansing than the normal skin.
Remember that excessive washing of the face may peel off the skin, therefore make sure not to over-do it as well.
Use the good old pore strips
Even though these adhesive strips result in temporary removal of blackheads from the skin, they may also peel off its outer-most layer along with the residue of dirt and dead cells. Another downside to using these strips is that they may extract beneficial oils and hair follicles from our skin, thus causing it to dry out.
Therefore, pore strips should only be used as a last resort to remove blackheads from the nose. They can be a quick-fix for times when you need to go somewhere urgently. However, repeated use should be avoided.
Baking soda and lemon mask
Create a paste by mixing baking soda and lemon juice in a 2:1 ratio and apply it on the affected area. Once it dries, rinse your skin with moderately warm water.
Baking soda in this home-made mask will help eliminate the dead skin cells that accumulate in the pores to form blackheads. Lemon juice will unclog the pores and tighten them, thus leaving behind a neat and clear look.
Sugar Oil Scrub
An effective remedy, the sugar-oil scrub is used to remove blackheads from the nose and surrounding areas.
Ingredients required to prepare the scrub include:
- White sugar-1 cup
- Any oil safe to be used on skin (e.g., almond, olive or jojoba oil) – around 3 tablespoons
Combine both ingredients and knead to create a scrub. Then, use it on your face to get rid of blackheads and the residue that causes them.
If exposed to it, steam allows the pores to open up. As a result, the blackheads can be easily squeezed out with the help of an extracting tool or cotton swabs.
If you are wondering how to perform this remedy without a facial steamer, there is a hack for it as well.
Take boiling water in a bowl. Place the container on a table and sit across it with a thick cloth draped over your head. This would prevent the heat from escaping and allow it to come in direct contact with your skin, thus achieving the desired results
Use cleansers with benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is a chemical that helps break down the dead skin cells that reside on the blackheads, thus allowing the pores to open up. Many cleansers with this product are available in the market. You should choose the one which suits your skin.
However, excessive use of benzoyl peroxide can also harm the skin causing it to become dry and itchy. Therefore, dermatologists suggest not to use it unless recommended.
For those of you who are wondering why we have only mentioned removing blackheads from nose when they may also be present on other body parts, the reason is that the nose is the organ where blackheads appear in large numbers. The area surrounding our nose secretes more oil than other parts of our face due to the presence of a greater number of sebum glands. This increases the possibility of clogged pores around the nose, leaving most people worried at the accumulation of blackheads on the specific area.
There are many home remedies as well as branded products that claim to remove blackheads from nose, chin and other areas. However, we would suggest you test any product before using it. This would eliminate the chances of getting any allergies, reactions or breakouts.
Blackhead removal is an on-going struggle and we hope that at least one of the solutions we shared works out for you.