Blackheads on nose – yes, bane of our lives. They’re unsightly and they can be even more difficult to eliminate than pimples themselves.
While blackheads are not as attention-grabbing and distressing as acne can be, they are nevertheless a source of dissatisfaction and frustration for many of us because of how visible they are to others up-close. There also doesn’t seem to be a straightforward method on how to remove blackheads, especially from your nose, where they are the most proliferate.
Before you head out to buy all the products that scream “blackhead removal” – hold up! We’re here to break down the whole principle behind removing blackheads for you, and to show you the best ways to do it.
Learn all these tips and tricks to removing blackheads properly and make them a part of your skincare routine in 2020.
1. Exfoliate your face, especially your nose, weekly
Our face is covered in hair follicles, or pores, as you may already know. These hair follicles gets clogged with dead skin cells as well as sebum, the oil that the sebaceous glands on your skin produces.
If the skin over the clogged pore is still there, then the gunk inside will retain its natural whitish colour, which will appear to you as a whitehead.
If the clogged pore is not covered by skin, exposure to air will oxidise it and turn the surface of the gunk black, so it looks like a blackhead. That’s also why the bottom half of the clog will look whitish when you extract it – because it isn’t as exposed to air as the top!
We have mentioned this in our tutorial on how to exfoliate, but to recap: what exfoliation does is to remove the topmost layer of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Less dead skin cells on the surface, less dead skin cells in the pores!
Since the clogs that cause blackheads are caused partially by dead skin cells, this will certainly help in reduce the number of blackheads forming on your face, especially your nose area.
2. Use non-comedogenic products
A clogged pore, whether it is a whitehead or a blackhead, is called a comedone (pronounced ‘koh-mee-doh-n’). Because pimples are always preceded by a clogged pore, comedones are frequently associated with acne as well.
Many skincare products available nowadays are formulated to be non-comedogenic, which means they do not contain ingredients that have been known to clog your pores, and therefore reduce your chances of getting blackheads!
For those of us with acne-prone skin, using non-comedogenic skincare and even makeup is very important to keeping not only pimples, but also blackheads at bay.
However, remember that everyone’s skin is unique – what may not clog the pores for many other people may still clog the pores of some.
That is to say that even if a product is labelled non-comedogenic, it’s not going to be a 100% assurance that it will help with your blackheads, but you stand a higher chance than with products that are not labelled non-comedogenic.
3. Remove makeup and sunscreen thoroughly
Taking the same principle behind preventing acne, knowing how to prevent and remove blackheads also means having to make sure your face is clean.
It’s always a good habit to remove your makeup at the earliest opportunity after you get home, instead of letting it sit on your face unnecessarily. No matter how organic and natural the ingredients in your makeup products are, they are still foreign substances that are mixing with the sebum on your face.
If it’s a bare-faced day for you, that’s great – but remember that you still applied sunscreen in the morning! Sunscreens also come in non-comedogenic formulas, but as with anything else, they should still be removed from your face before you retire for the night.
Luckily, removing sunscreens basically just means cleansing your face at night with your regular facial cleanser, which you should be doing anyway to prevent and remove blackheads.
4. Use a retinoid cream nightly
Retinoid is one of the hottest buzzwords in skincare in recent years, and for a good reason. This ingredient is a derivative of Vitamin A, and they’re famous for being really effective in preventing signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.
So how do you remove blackheads with retinoids, then? Retinoids are able to make your skin cells renew at a faster rate – that means newer skin cells get produced faster, and your dead skin cells will be more quickly removed.
The most effective retinoid creams are the strongest kinds that you can only get with a doctor’s prescription, and they’re usually used for treating acne. There are, however, some retinoid-infused formulas in regular skincare products.
It’s usually recommended to apply your retinoid cream at night as the ingredient can make your skin more sensitive to sun damage.
5. Use a nose pack weekly
This is a no-brainer. Nose packs have been so successfully associated with clogged pores that they’re probably the first thing that came to mind when you began your research on how to get rid of blackheads.
Whether you choose a conventional nose pack from the drugstore, or those full-face charcoal peel masks, they do help to extract out the gunk from your pores, which would at least reduce the appearance of blackheads on your nose.
Using nose packs or peel-off masks may be a great instant gratification, but they’re not going to do much in preventing blackheads from returning. To do that, you need to amp up the rest of your skincare, as we’ve outlined in this tutorial, to really keep your pores as free from clogs as possible!
Featured image from Healthline.
6. Avoid squeezing out your blackheads
It may be tempting to squeeze out your blackheads especially when you can already see them peeking out from your pores. However, doing it incorrectly can break your skin, leaving scars, or introduce bacteria onto the area, causing inflammation. Unless you know how to do it the right way, leave extraction to the professionals instead.