Skin Care Problems

How To Remove Blackheads On The Nose

Medically reviewed by Vd. Naveen Sharma, Ayurveda Physician
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How To Remove Blackheads On The Nose Hyderabd040-395603080 November 19, 2019

Blackheads are tiny, dark bumps caused by clogged hair follicles. They may appear on your nose, chin, chest, back, and shoulders. Steering clear of blackheads seems close to impossible. Well, you can control and reverse these effects with the help of some simple DIY home remedies. Listed below are 10 remedies that can help in getting rid of the problem right from the root.

What Causes Blackheads On The Nose?

Some factors that can be held responsible for the formation of blackheads include:

  • Excessive production of oil by the sebaceous glands.
  • Build-up of acne-causing bacteria on your skin.
  • Accumulation of dead skin cells, which leads to the irritation of your hair follicles.
  • Hormonal changes during menstruation or while you are on birth control pills, which leads to increased oil production in your body.
  • Medications like corticosteroids and androgens.

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads On Your Nose

10 Best Ways To Get Rid Of Blackheads On The Nose At Home

1. Egg White Mask

You Will Need
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Tissues
What You Have To Do
  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolk and
  2. beat them in a bowl with two teaspoons of lemon juice.
  3. Apply a thin layer of this mixture around your nose, focusing more on the areas with blackheads.
  4. Allow the first layer of the mixture to dry and then place a tissue over your nose.
  5. Apply a second layer of the mixture on top of the tissue and allow it to dry.
  6. You may go ahead with a third layer if you have too many blackheads.
  7. Once dried, you can pull off the layered tissues from your nose, along with all the blackheads.
  8. Wash your face thoroughly to get rid of the raw smell of eggs.
How Often You Should Do This

You can apply this mask twice a week.

Why This Works

The hardened egg whites stick to the pores of your skin and help in pulling out all the dirt, along with the blackheads. They also help in shrinking the pores, which tightens your skin and prevents the formation of blackheads (1), (2).

2. Lemon And Honey

You Will Need
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and add
  2.  honey to it.
  3. Apply this mixture to your nose. You can also apply it to the entire face.
  4. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

You must apply this face pack 2 to 3 times a week for best results.

Why This Works

The combination of honey and lemon has been in use since ages to treat a variety of skin problems. While the lemon helps lighten your skin and tighten the skin pores with its astringent properties, honey is antibacterial and can fight acne and blackhead-causing bacteria (3), (4).

3. Toothpaste And Salt

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of toothpaste
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a teaspoon of toothpaste with a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Apply this mixture to your nose and allow it to dry.
  3. Once dried, wet your fingers and gently massage your nose to remove the toothpaste mixture.
  4. Wash your face thoroughly.
How Often You Should Do This

You must follow this procedure 1 to 2 times a week.

Why This Works

Toothpaste helps in getting rid of the oil build-up on your skin. Using salt with toothpaste helps exfoliate your skin, sloughing the dead skin cells that can trigger blackheads (5).

Note: Do not use this remedy often as the chemicals in toothpaste can damage your skin.

4. Baking Soda And Lemon

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with enough lemon juice to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply this mask on your nose and let it dry. You can also apply this paste to the entire face.
  3. Wash your face thoroughly.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Baking soda has exfoliant properties and hence can help in getting rid of the dead skin cells that can clog the pores and form blackheads. Adding lemon juice to baking soda helps in tightening your skin pores, thus preventing the formation of blackheads (6), (7).

[ Read: 10 Best Face Washes For Blackheads ]

5. Steam Facial At Home

You Will Need
  • 1 large bowl of steaming hot water
  • A towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a big bowl of steaming hot water and bend over it.
  2. Cover your head with a clean towel and stay put for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe your face with a towel and try and extract your blackheads with it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once a week.

Why This Works

The steam helps in opening the pores on your face, making it easy for you to remove blackheads (8).

6. Gelatin And Milk Mask

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the gelatin with the milk and heat it for 10 to 15 seconds in a microwave or saucepan. Do not boil.
  2. Apply this mixture to your nose.
  3. Allow the mask to dry for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Peel the mask gently from its edges.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 to 3 times a week.

Why This Works

Gelatin is packed with nutrients and helps in your skin’s regeneration process. It also has firming and skin tightening properties that help in the removal of dirt and blackheads from the pores (9). Adding milk to gelatin helps in balancing the pH of the skin and also controls excessive production of oil.

7. Aloe Vera Juice

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Massage your nose with aloe vera gel.
  2. Allow it to dry and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this at least twice daily.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has natural healing properties that are used to treat a wide range of skin ailments. It has natural astringent properties that can help in tightening the open pores and this, in turn, prevents the formation of blackheads (10).

8. Charcoal Mask

You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon of activated charcoal
  • 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon of gelatin to two tablespoons of water and heat it for 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. When the gelatin paste thickens, add half a teaspoon of activated charcoal and mix well.
  3. Apply this paste to your nose and allow it to dry.
  4. Peel the dried charcoal mask from your nose and wash your face thoroughly.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this mask 1 to 2 times a week.

Why This Works

Activated charcoal not only absorbs the excess oil but also helps in shrinking the skin pores. The absorbent properties of charcoal loosen the dirt and debris clogging the pores, thereby making the removal of blackheads a lot easier (11).

[ Read: Simple Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil To Remove Blackheads ]

9. Glue Stick

You Will Need

A non-toxic glue stick

What You Have To Do
  1. Wash your face with warm water and then apply a little non-toxic glue to your nose.
  2. Let it dry completely.
  3. Peel off the glue from your nose, and watch your blackheads come along with the dried glue.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this twice a week for optimum results.

Why This Works

The glue acts in a fashion similar to blackhead removal strips. It sticks to all the dirt and debris inside the pores and pulls them out. However, you must make sure that you are using a non-toxic glue as some ingredients in the glue could cause allergy.

10. Blackhead Removal Strips

You Will Need

Blackhead removal strips

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a blackhead removal strip and stick it on a slightly wet nose.
  2. Make sure that it covers most of the blackheads.
  3. Allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Pull the strip off gently, starting from the corner.
How Often You Should Do This

You can use blackhead removal strips once a week.

Why This Works

This is an excellent method to remove blackheads. The debris and dirt in the clogged pores stick to the strips, which makes it easier to pull them out (12).

Caution

Do not use these strips if you have sensitive skin or are on topical medications like tretinoin.

Once you succeed in getting rid of the stubborn blackheads, take the following precautions to make sure that they do not reappear.

Preventive Tips

  • Use a mild cleanser to clean your face at least twice daily.
  • Avoid washing your face too often.
  • Always remove your makeup before going to bed.
  • Always take a shower after a rigorous workout session.
  • Change your pillow covers regularly.
  • Follow a healthy diet that consists of a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.

These remedies can make the removal of blackheads much easier. If you have any other hacks up your sleeve, please share them with us in the comments box below.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What is the right treatment for open pores?

The first step to treat open pores is to follow a good skin regimen. Use a mild cleanser to keep your skin clean. Also, apply a good natural astringent to shrink your pores. Exfoliate your skin at least once every week to close open pores.

How do dermatologists remove blackheads?

Dermatologists usually use a tool called comedone extractor to remove blackheads. However, the best and easiest way to get rid of blackheads is to exfoliate your skin regularly.

Do nose strips actually remove blackheads?

Nose strips do remove blackheads, but only the outermost part. You require a deeper cleanse to get rid of the blackhead from its roots.

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Shaheen Naser

Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetic Counseling. Her passion for writing and her educational background have assisted her substantially in writing quality content on topics related to health and wellness. In her free time, Shaheen loves to explore the world and the different flavors/cuisines it has to offer. Photography is another hobby she has developed of late.