How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose
Some people refer to blackheads as ingrown hairs. Others prefer to call them as dark spots. There are a hundred different names for blackheads used in different parts of the globe. Simply put, a blackhead is a small black spot that most commonly occurs on the nose of the skin. If you want to know whether you have blackheads or not, just take a close look in the mirror. If you can notice tiny black dots on your skin then, yes, you have blackheads. However, the good thing is that dark spots are quite easily treatable.
There are hundreds of different creams, strips and ointments available on the market that claim to remove blackheads from your nose and other parts of the skin. Similarly, there are also a variety of different face masks that can “pull out” blackheads from your face. However, before I go into detail and talk about the methods that can be used for removing these dark spots, it’s important to first understand how your skin works, and most importantly, what causes blackheads.
Know Your Skin
Your skin is made up of several layers. The upper layer of your skin, which is most exposed to external elements, is constantly shedding as new skin cells take its place. Ideally, these dead skin cells are removed from the skin during the process. However, in certain situations, that’s not always the case. The dead skin cells might get stuck in the pores of your skin. Known as a comedo, the pores in your skin are small “holes” that harbor hair follicles. Skin debris, also known as keratin, sometimes falls through these pores and creates a blockage.
What Happens Then?
There are very tiny sebaceous glands located underneath the upper layer of your skin. These sebaceous glands are responsible for maintaining the oil levels and moisture of your skin. If your skin loses moisture, it will become wrinkly and lose its texture. If your skin isn’t hydrated, your body’s defense mechanism comes into play. The sebaceous glands go into overdrive and produce oil and sebum to maintain moisture on the skin.
The sudden production of excess oil and sebum might cause an obstruction in front of the pore. If the pore is closed by the skin layer on top, it creates a whitehead. If the pore remains open, it’s called a blackhead. The oil basically acts as a trap for bacteria and the dead skin cells. The open pores oxidize due to the presence of oxygen in the air, which turns it black (hence, the name). Most people think that they can get rid of blackheads by scrubbing their face excessively. That’s not a wise move either. Excessive scrubbing will just dry out the skin, which will cause more oil production and thus, leads to more blackheads. It’s a vicious cycle, to say the least.
So, now the question arises, what can you do to get rid of blackheads on your nose or other parts of your face? Here are some basic tips and pieces of advice that will help you get rid of those ugly acne spots on your face.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads On the Nose- Natural Remedies
1. Baking Soda
This is perhaps one of the most common natural remedies available for treating blackheads. Exfoliating your skin is essential because it removes all dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. You already know that dead skin cells play a very important role in the creation of blackheads. Furthermore, exfoliation can also improve the circulation in your skin and give it a healthy, vibrant glow.
Using baking soda for acne is a great idea, because it’s affordable and, best of all, readily available. Just rummage around your kitchen cabinets and you are bound to find a bottle of baking soda lying around. Just mix two teaspoons of baking soda in a small bowl with water (it’s recommended that you use mineral or spring water). You can then apply the paste onto your skin using a circular motion with your fingers and scrubbing gently. Within a few minutes, the paste will harden onto your skin. If you want to increase the effectiveness of this mixture you can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into the mix. Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial and acts as an astringent. Make sure to use a good moisturizer and sunscreen to protect your skin.
2. Oatmeal Scrub
Oatmeal, lemon, and yogurt are three of the most beneficial things that you can apply to your face. Not only can they help open the pores, but they can also minimize the chances of getting acne from appearing so often. Making the paste is quite easy. Just take two teaspoons of oatmeal and then add three tablespoons of yogurt. It’s best if you can find natural yogurt, because packaged yogurt contains preservatives that might negate the positive effects of yogurt. Squeeze half a lemon into the paste, and that’s all! You can just apply the mixture on your nose using a circular motion with your fingers. Let it dry for a few minutes before you rinse it off with warm water.
You might be surprised to know that Bentonite clay is highly effective in removing blackheads. Many beauticians and experts use clay masks, which you can purchase at the local food store or buy one online as well. Bentonite clay contains a very high percentage of minerals, making it highly effective in treating skin problems. It isn’t anything new either. Bentonite clay has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of skin-related problems. It provides a double effect: not only does your skin get to take advantage of the many minerals in Bentonite clay, but the clay will also remove the blackheads. Here’s how to make the mask:
Just mix a tablespoon of Bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar. If you don’t have vinegar, you can also use mineral water. It will result in the formation of a thick paste, though it will still be easy to apply. Just use your fingertips (after carefully washing your hands) to apply the paste onto your nose. Let it sit for at least 10-20 minutes. Feel the mask with your fingers to see whether it has tightened or not. You can then rinse off the mask using warm water and apply a bit of moisturizer later on. For best results, it’s highly recommended that you apply the clay mask at least one every week. If you want to use pre-made clay mask, I would recommend Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask, one of the best.
How to Remove Blackheads from Nose and Prevent them from Appearing Again!
Now that you know how to get rid of blackheads on your nose, I am going to give you a few pieces of advice about how to prevent blackheads from appearing again. First of all, it’s important to understand the common myths around blackheads. Somebody once told me that blackheads are caused due to a buildup of dirt in your skin pores. I couldn’t help but chuckle at this.
There’s no dirt involved: it’s just a blockage caused due to excess sebum and dead skin. The open pores turn black when they react with the oxygen. Others will tell you that you can shrink, close, or open your pores at will. No, your pores aren’t muscles that you can use when you want. Certain substances, like lemon juice can reduce the appearance of the pores, but it doesn’t make the pores shrink at all.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that every person has a different skin texture. Factors such as exposure to sun, genetics, and age all play an important role in determining how your skin reacts to external elements. Just know that there isn’t any magical substance that you can use to make the pores shrink.
Now, out of everything I’ve said, there’s one thing that you should be able to figure out: oil management is key to keeping blackheads away for good. If your skin produces excess oil, it will cause blockages and then you know what happens next. Keeping excess oil off your face isn’t difficult at all.
Go to your local supermarket and purchase a facial cleanser that is oil-free, here’s a good list. Cleansers that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are actually beneficial for your skin, so keep a look out for those as well. If you apply makeup regularly, you should wash your face regularly to prevent leaving behind any makeup residue.
Here’s another little-known tip that can help you prevent blackheads: clean your pillowcases regularly (at least once every week). Direct contact with your face can deposit dead skin cells and oils on the pillowcases. Every time you put your head down on the pillowcase, you are simply transferring thousands of dead skin cells to your face. It won’t be long before bacteria and sebum converge to create black spots on your nose.
Perhaps the greatest bit of advice that I can give you is to apply an oil-free moisturizer onto your face regularly to maintain skin moisture. Have you used any of these remedies before? Or do you have any other remedies to deal with blackheads that you would like to share with us?
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