How To Get Rid of Blackheads On Nose Fast (9 Natural Ways) August 8, 2016

Nose Blackheads can make you quite miserable. Common to all skin types, they tend to spoil your skin quality, giving you an unattractive appearance. Although the process of removing blackheads is easy, one wrong move can leave permanent marks on your skin.

Blackheads form when your skin pores get clogged owing to the accumulation of dirt, dead cells, and oil. This bump is called a ‘comedone’. When the skin over the bump remains closed, it is called a whitehead. When the skin over the bump is open and susceptible to collection of excess oil and grime, it is a blackhead. It is darker and more prominent. Blackheads are also precursors to acne.

It is, therefore, important to care for your skin regularly. Read on to know how you can get rid of blackheads on nose naturally.

Easy Removal Methods To Get Rid Of Blackheads on Nose

  1. Apply An Egg White Mask
  2. Try Green Tea
  3. Use A Honey Face Wash
  4. Remove Makeup Before You Sleep
  5. Steam It Out
  6. Use Toothpaste
  7. Use Lemon Juice In Face Masks
  8. Change Pillow Covers
  9. Keep Your Face Clean 

1. Apply An Egg White Mask

Hundreds of people use egg whites as an effective remedy to remove blackheads on the nose.

You Will Need

  • Egg white
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Facial tissue or toilet paper strip
  • Water to rinse

How To Use It

  • Splash your face with some cold water, and pat dry with a towel.
  • Take some egg white and spread it all over the blackheads using your fingertips. If you are not comfortable using your fingers, use a paintbrush.
  • Next, take a facial tissue or a toilet paper strip and place it gently on your wet skin. Allow the first layer to dry.
  • Then, carefully apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue. Use the tips of your fingers to dab the egg white so that the tissue does not move around too much.
  • Once the second layer of the egg white has dried, you can try dabbing on a third layer.
  • Once all the layers have dried, your skin is going to feel tight. Peel off the tissue and gently wash your face to remove any egg white residue.
  • Ideally, it should not take more than 10 minutes to dry. This face mask will make your skin smooth, soft, and also free of blackheads. After you have rinsed off the egg white, moisturize as usual.

How Often You Should Use It 

To keep your skin soft, supple and blackhead-free, use this remedy at least thrice every week.

Why Does It Work

Egg whites contain an enzyme called ‘lysozyme’ that has antimicrobial properties and cleans probable microbial growth from your skin pores (1), (2). They also contain proteins that facilitate cell repair and maintenance (3).

Caution

While the regular application of the egg white mask will allow your skin to tighten, make sure to clean your face off the residual egg white, lest it contributes to clogged pores.

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2. Try Green Tea

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Green tea has often been used to treat nose blackheads.

You Will Need

  • Green tea leaves
  • Water

How To Use It

  • All you have to do is to take a tablespoon of green tea leaves and water and make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on the affected area and scrub it gently for two minutes. This scrub will remove the dirt and oil from your skin, leaving behind a clean and fresh look.
  • Use lukewarm water to wash off.

How Often You Should Use It

You could use it regularly, and it has no side effects.

You can also use a green tea face scrub that requires only three tablespoons of sugar and one bag of brewed green tea.  

You Will Need

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

How To Use It

  • Brew one pure green tea bag in one-third cup of warm water. Allow the water to settle from warm to lukewarm with the tea bag inside.
  • Then, in a bowl with two tablespoons of sugar, add one tablespoon of the lukewarm green tea and mix. The sugar will not dissolve in the tea.
  • Add the last tablespoon of sugar and mix again.
  • You can apply the mix on your face with the help of a cotton pad. You can also use the tips of your fingers to massage it on your face in gentle, circular motions. Be careful to avoid your eyes and nostrils.
  • Wash it off using cold water once it begins to dry.
  • You can also add the juice of half a lemon to cleanse your skin, one tablespoon of honey to moisturize, and one tablespoon of yogurt to soothe your skin.

How Often You Should Use It

You can use this cure regularly, but make sure to wash off all residual sugar from your face.

Why Does It Work

Green tea has a high antioxidant content that helps fight inflammation and has anti-aging effects (4), (5). It can help repair scar tissues, prevent wrinkling, and protect from blemishes (6), (7), (8).

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3. Use A Honey Face Wash

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A wonderful home remedy for blackheads is hidden in the use of a honey face wash.

You Will Need

  • Honey

How To Use It

  • All you need to do is take a spoonful of it and gently apply all over the nose area where your blackheads are located. The honey will stick to the pores of your skin and eventually pull out the blackheads.
  • Let it stay for five minutes. Then wash it off first with lukewarm water, and then with cold water.
  • You can warm the honey for better results. If you do this twice a day, you are surely going to see blackheads vanish from nose within a couple of days.

How Often You Should Use It

You should use this cure at least two to three times a week.

Or, you can make a face mask of honey, oatmeal, and tomato juice.

You Will Need

  • Honey
  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 3 tomatoes 

How To Use It

  • Mix a cup of oatmeal with one tablespoon of honey and the juice of three tomatoes.
  • You can use this paste as a scrub on the blackhead affected areas.
  • Let it dry for 10 minutes. Once it has dried completely, rinse with lukewarm water. Then, wash your face one last time with cold water.

How Often Should You Use It

You can use this scrub regularly for best results.

Why Does It Work

Honey acts as a brilliant natural antimicrobial and antiseptic as it kills the bacteria in the nose blackheads as well as pulls the dirt out (9), (10). It also hydrates your skin, and strengthens skin elasticity.

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4. Remove Makeup Before You Sleep

This is for all those ladies who sleep at night without taking off their makeup! It’s bad for your skin and leads to blackheads. You have to remove your makeup before going to bed since makeup also contributes to skin pore blockage.

You Will Need

  • Baby oil
  • Cotton plug

How To Use It

  • Use Johnson and Johnson’s baby oil for this purpose. Just a few drops on a cotton ball should be enough.
  • Apply it all over the face, and follow it up by gently massaging your face with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion.
  • Then, wash it off with cold water.

How Often Should You Use It

Remember to remove your makeup every night before you turn in.

Why Does It Work

Baby oil gently removes makeup and makes your skin soft and supple (11). 

Caution

Try not to use products you do not trust. Look for brands that are established and have the required approvals and licenses. Also, do not forget to check the ingredients that have been used in the product. Not all of them are suitable for your skin and can be harmful.

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5. Steam It Out

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  • Face wash
  • Steaming hot water
  • Cold water 

How To Use It

  • It is important that you use the steam treatment after you have washed your face as the steam opens up your pores and makes them more susceptible to dirt, grime, and inflammation.
  • Make sure you do this treatment for five to ten minutes. Once you are done with it, take a dry and clean towel, and pat your face dry.
  • Follow up the steam treatment by gently dabbing ice cubes on your face, or washing your face with cold water. It will help close the pores that the steam had opened up. 

How Often Should You Use It    

If you use this trick on a regular basis, you should be able to get rid of blackheads on nose within a week or so.

Why Does It Work

The heat that comes along with the steam will open up the pores of your skin and get rid of blackheads on nose effectively (12).

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6. Use Toothpaste

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Many of you would be surprised by reading this, but toothpaste is one of the most effective home remedies for blackheads on nose. It can actually help you get rid of nose blackheads permanently.

You Will Need

  • Any mint-based toothpaste
  • Some salt (optional)

How To Use It

  • All you have to do is take some mint-based toothpaste and apply over the affected area.
  • For better results, you can add equal portions of salt to the toothpaste and mix it till it forms a paste.
  • Apply this mixture to the blackhead affected area and let it dry for five minutes.
  • Once it has dried, use the tips of your fingers to gently massage the affected skin, and wash it off.
  • Gently rub ice cubes after washing off the toothpaste-salt mixture. It will help close your skin pores.

How Often Should You Use It

You can use this cure regularly for best results.

Why Does It Work

The mint in the toothpaste helps open up the pores and kill the bacteria (13). Salt, which does not dissolve in the toothpaste, helps to exfoliate the skin (14). Toothpaste also serves as an amazing home remedy for pimples (15). So, if you happen to have any of these skin issues, consider toothpaste as your best friend.

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7. Use Lemon Juice In Face Masks

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  • Facial clay
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

How To Use It

  • Take two tablespoons of clay, some water, and lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients and apply on the face.
  • Let it dry for the next 15 minutes after which you can wash it off with cold water.
  • Use a soft towel and pat your skin dry.

How Often Should You Use It

You can use this mask every alternate day for best results.

Or, you can use a lemon juice scrub. 

You Will Need

  • Honey
  • Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Rose water or milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt 

How To Use It

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and beat till you have an even paste.
  • Next, apply the paste on the affected area and leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once it is dry, use cool water to wash it off.
  • Use circular motion with the tips of your fingers to slowly rinse the scrub off. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

How Often Should You Use It

Use this face scrub every 10-12 days to get supple skin devoid of blackheads.

Why Does It Work

The citric acid in lemons is a natural astringent that tightens your skin pores and prevents blackheads’ formation (16).

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8. Change Your Pillow Covers

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You need to change your pillow covers every week.

When you lie down on your pillow, the cloth brushes against your skin and irritates it. The nerve endings in your skin are activated and secrete more oil that eventually clogs your pores. Changing your case regularly will stop dirt from accumulating on your skin and help you get rid of blackheads naturally.

If it’s impossible to change the pillow case quite often, don’t worry. Take a clean piece of cloth and place it on the top of your pillow every day. It would be best if you used a small, clean towel. It will keep your skin soft and supple, while preventing skin problems like blackheads.

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9. Keep Your Face Clean

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If you want to bid farewell to blackheads forever, then you must keep your face clean. Make sure that you wash your face twice or thrice a day with a skin-friendly face wash. It is important to verify your skin type before purchasing any face wash.

Cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day. Splash water all over your face as many times as you can. Make sure that the water is lukewarm since warm water can wash off most of the oils. You do need some of your skin oils to keep your skin hydrated. Also, use a soft towel to pat the water off your face.

Before you go to sleep, apply a good quality night cream. A healthy skincare routine will help ease most of your skin-related issues.

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Causes Of Blackheads

The following are the causes of blackheads:

1. Over-Secretion Of Oils

If you are under the impression that blackheads result from exposure to dirt – well, you are wrong. Blackheads are primarily caused by the excess secretion of sebum (17). The skin contains sebaceous glands that secrete oil to keep your skin moist and supple. However, sometimes your skin is capable of secreting more sebum than is required. This oil, along with dead cells containing keratin, can block your skin pores and cause small bumps. The excess oil secretion can result from hormonal imbalance. In your late 20s, the estrogen levels begin to drop, and the dihydrotestosterone or DTH levels start to spike. This increased secretion of testosterone causes the sebaceous glands to become hyperactive and secrete more sebum (18).

2. Skin Care Products

Ideally, skin care products are supposed to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. You use moisturizers for this reason, but these lotions can block your skin pores by adding to the oil content. You should be careful not to use moisturizers too generously. Artificial colors, makeup, and other skin care products need to be used in moderation to avoid causing blackheads. Also, lots of products that claim to address blackhead problems contain blackhead irritants like alcohol, which contributes to increased secretion of sebum (19).

3. Sleeping With Your Makeup On

It is true that the causes of blackheads are more internal that superficial. However, makeup is one superficial aspect that contributes heavily to the formation of blackheads on your skin. When you apply makeup, it clogs your skin pores and refuses to let it breathe. You are advised to always remove your makeup before you turn in. This will allow your skin to relax and breathe. When you go to bed leaving your makeup on, your skin pores remain clogged for longer and develop tiny blackhead bumps (20).

4. Food And Drinks

What you eat contributes immensely to your skin health. Processed and oily foods stimulate your skin to secrete more oil. Fries and donuts – all contribute to increased secretion of sebum and cause blockage (21). Also, increased intake of caffeine in the form of coffee and alcohol also has adverse effects with regards to skin clogging (22). The stimulants in coffee activate the sebaceous glands to secrete more oils that clog your skin pores. Alcohol, on the other hand, dehydrates your skin and reduces the size of your skin pores. The reduced size of the pores makes your skin more susceptible to clogging and blackheads.

5. Medications

Certain medications are capable of altering the testosterone and estrogen levels in your blood. The fluctuations of these hormones in the blood can also result in a blackhead breakout (23).

6. Skin Irritations

If you have noticed that you are getting blackheads only on one side of your nose, your pillow cover might be to blame. Blackheads are also caused by skin irritations that happen when your nose brushes against the pillow cover repeatedly. Unwashed pillow covers are the perfect environment for bacteria and dirt to thrive. So, if the pillow cover has not been washed in a while, there is a very good chance of a blackhead breakout (24).

7. Sweat

After a grueling session at the gym, you are always expected to shower and clean up. This is because the shower helps wash off the sweat that is capable of clogging your skin pores and causing blackheads.

Now that you know a good deal about blackheads and their cure, try them out. Let us know of your experiences and other remedies in the comments section below.

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  • radhika pachipulusu

    good evening dear madam/sir my skin is fair due to sun tan and some dust it looks so ageing and unfair please give me homemade tips to get clear and glowing skin and thanks in advance for helping me