What Are Blackheads?
We all get them. Those pesky spots can appear on many parts of your body but mostly collect on your nose. What are they exactly? Blackheads are bumps that appear because of plugged up hair follicles. It’s a mild form of acne that’s surface looks black or dark, hence, the name, blackheads, although they can also appear yellow in color as well. Technically, blackheads are called comedones. It’s a collection of oil and skin cells that clog the hair follicle and causes a breakout.
Are You At Fault?
Blackheads do not occur because of dirt. They happen below the surface of the skin even if you are cleaning your face on a regular basis. In short, you are not responsible for the blackheads that appear on your body.
Can You Shrink Your Pores?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Some people just have larger pores than others. It isn’t possible to shrink your pores, however, there are some things you can do to give your pores the appearance of being smaller. Age, genetics and your exposure to the sun also determine how large your pores are.
What Can You Do?
There are no special treatments or products that you need to use to get rid of your blackheads on nose. Instead, you can use some home remedies, with products that you have already in your cupboards. It’s also a cheaper alternative to store bought products that promise the same thing.
Natural Ways to get rid of Blackheads on Nose
1.) Egg Whites to get rid of blackheads on nose
You can create a mask by using egg whites to tighten your pores. It will remove the blackheads you have now, as well as, diminish the possibility of other blackheads forming. This is a great mask to use because it doesn’t dry out your skin like some other home remedies, as well as, the egg whites give your skin some much-needed nutrients.
- A bowl
- One egg
- Toilet paper of facial tissue
- Clean towel
The first step in making this mask is to divide the egg yolk from the white. Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Next, apply a small layer of egg white onto your nose and face. There are two options for the next step.
Egg White Remedy No.1
Take a strip of toilet paper (or facial tissue) and place it over the egg white on your face. Let that layer dry. Then apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue. It works best if you dip your fingers into the egg white and then swab it onto your face so the tissue doesn’t move around or bunch up. Let this layer dry as well. It’s up to you if you want to repeat the step and use the third layer. It’s normal to feel a tight, pulling feeling as the mask dries. Once it is completely dry, take off the tissue and wash your face to take off any remaining residue. Dry your face gently and moisturize.
Egg White Remedy No.2
You don’t have to use toilet paper or tissue if you don’t want to. You can apply three to five egg white layers to your face. Make sure to let each layer dry before applying the next one or the mask will not work.
2.) Clay Mask to get rid of blackheads on nose
The main ingredient in this mask is Bentonite clay (available at many health and wellness stores). It has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin related problems since it is rich in minerals. It works by drawing out the gunk and impurities that can build up in your pores. The mask will give your skin a lift, helping with circulation and overall health, while taking care of your blackheads.
- One tablespoon (approximately) of Bentonite clay
- Water or apple cider vinegar
You can add either water or apple cider vinegar to the clay. If you have sensitive or dry skin, it’s a good idea to mix the clay with water instead.
Mix either water or apple cider vinegar into the clay, to form a thick paste, but that is pliable (easily bent). With clean fingers, cover your nose (and or your entire face) with a thin layer and let it dry for ten to twenty-five minutes. Your face will tighten as the mask dries. It’s up to you how long you want to keep the clay on your face. You can either let it dry part way or completely. Rinse the paste off with warm water and follow up with some moisturizer.
The following are homemade versions of pore strips. The strips are made from ingredients that act as an adhesive. Cotton strips can be made from cutting up a clean, cotton shirt that you don’t want or you can use gauze for the same effect. When you rip the strip off of your nose, it will pull the dead skin cells and oil from the pores, taking the blackheads with them. This doesn’t put an end to blackheads forever, but it temporarily takes care of them after they have appeared. The great thing about making homemade versions of pore strips is that they save you money and you know exactly what is being put on your face.
3.) Honey and Cinnamon Strips to get rid of blackheads on nose
The delicious combination of honey and cinnamon is a great way to get rid of blackheads. Honey has natural, anti-bacterial agents that keep the bacteria that cause acne at bay. It also acts as an adhesive to pull out the gunk clogging your pores. Cinnamon is known to increase blood flow and circulation in the skin, giving you a nice, healthy glow.
- Raw, organic honey
- Cinnamon powder
- Cotton strips
Mix enough honey and cinnamon together to form a paste that will cover your nose. Dab a thin layer onto your blackheads and put a clean, cotton strip over it. Let it dry for three to five minutes and then remove it from your face. Follow up by rinsing your face clean, as well as, moisturizing.
4.) Milk and Honey Strips to get rid of blackheads on nose
Milk and honey have ingredients that keep your skin looking soft and smooth. The main objective, when the two are mixed together, is to work like an adhesive.
- One teaspoon of milk
- One tablespoon of raw, organic honey
- Cotton strips
Mix together the milk and honey. Heat it up in the microwave for around five to ten seconds, and then mix it again to make sure it is blended. Once the mixture is a reasonable temperature, smear a thin layer onto your blackheads, and then place a clean, cotton strip onto it. Let it dry for around twenty minutes and then slowly peel off the cotton strip. Rinse your face with cold water and follow up with moisturizer.
Toners and Scrubs
5.) Lemon Toner to get rid of blackheads on nose
Lemon juice acts as an astringent and will make your skin contract, making your pores appear tighter. If you use this toner in the summer, make sure to use sunscreen since the lemon can lighten your skin. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with some water.
- One lemon
- Small bottle
- Cotton balls
Before bedtime, rinse your face and then pat dry. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a small bottle. Dampen a cotton ball with the lemon juice and apply to the area where your blackheads are. In the morning, rinse with warm water and then apply moisturizer. You can use this toner about three to four times a week, but be aware that the lemon juice can sometimes sting a bit. Discontinue if you find it too irritating for your skin. You can store the remaining lemon juice in the fridge for around a week.
6.) Mint and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner to get rid of blackheads on nose
This works well as a toner because the apple cider vinegar helps get rid of the things causing your blackheads, and the mint adds a cooling sensation, as well as, stopping any swollen inflammations around the blackhead. Inflammation always proves difficult in unclogging the stuff inside your pores, but the mint will help loosen that up.
- Three tablespoons of ACV
- Eight ounces of water
- Three tablespoons of crushed mint leaves
- Small bottle
- Cotton balls
Mix the mint and apple cider vinegar together in a small bottle. It’s important for the ingredients to steep for around one week, in a dark and cool place. Once the ingredients have steeped for that period, strain the mixture and add your water. You will then have to store the toner in the fridge for around six days or so. After that, you are ready to use it. It’s suggested that you use it nightly before you go to bed. Rinse your face with water and then apply the toner to your affected areas with a cotton ball. If you have sensitive skin it’s advised that you rinse it off after a few hours. If not, let it stay until morning. Rinse it off and follow with some moisturizer.
7.) Epsom Salt to get rid of blackheads on nose
Using Epsom salt is a natural and effective way of treating the blackheads on your nose.
- One teaspoon Epsom salt
- Hot Water
- Iodine (few drops)
- Cotton ball
Mix together the Epsom salt and iodine with a little bit of hot water. You want to make sure that the salt completely dissolves. Allow the concoction to cool down at room temperature. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to your nose. Let it dry and then use a cloth to wash it off. Follow up with some moisturizer.
8.) Sugar Scrub to get rid of blackheads on nose
Exfoliating is great for your skin because it gets rid of unwanted, dead skin cells. These skin cells are part of the reason your pores become clogged, you have acne breakouts and get whiteheads and blackheads. It also restores circulation, leaving your skin with a healthy and soft glow. It is best to use jojoba oil for this remedy; however, olive, grapeseed, and sweet almond will do in a pinch.
- One cup of sugar (white or brown)
- Four tablespoons jojoba oil
- Glass jar (air tight)
- Essential oils (optional)
Mix the jojoba oil into one cup of sugar, stirring until it is a good consistency. At this time, you can add some essential oils to make it more fragrant, but you don’t have to. Give it a stir before using, rinse your face with water and then scrub the mixture onto your face using your fingertips. Massage into your nose and other areas of your face using circular motions. Rinse it off and follow up with some moisturizer. It’s a good idea not to do this more than two to three times a week. If you overuse it, your face may become dried out or irritated.
Make sure to store your mixture into a glass jar in a dark, cool place. Any unused product will last as long as the expiry date for the oils you’ve used. Some people prefer to make a new mixture every month and a half to ensure the quality and freshness, but it’s up to you.
9.) Oatmeal to get rid of blackheads on nose
There are two different recipes for an oatmeal scrub. The first is an oatmeal and yogurt one.
- Two tablespoons oatmeal
- Three tablespoons yogurt (plain)
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
Mix together all of the ingredients listed. You only need a small amount of olive oil and lemon juice. Apply the scrub to your face and leave it on for five minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and follow up with some moisturizer.
The second oatmeal scrub combines the acidity of the tomato and the anti-bacterial quality of honey.
- Four tomatoes
- One teaspoon honey
Squeeze the juice of four tomatoes and mix it together with your honey and enough oatmeal to make a paste-like consistency. Apply it onto your skin using a gentle, circular motion with your fingertips. Leave the scrub on for around ten minutes. Wash it off with warm water and follow up with some moisturizer.
10.) Green Tea to get rid of blackheads on nose
Green tea is well known for having beneficial and healing qualities, however, it can also be used against blackheads. This particular scrub will clean oily skin and aid in unclogging pores.
- Dry green tea leaves
Mix together the green tea leaves with enough water to make a paste. Gently apply the scrub over your nose (and face if you desire) by doing circular motions with your fingertips. It is suggested that you do this for several minutes. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize afterward.
11.) Cornmeal to get rid of blackheads on nose
Cornmeal is a fantastic ingredient because it is abrasive enough to deep clean your pores.
- One tablespoon powdered cornmeal
- Facial cleanser
Mix together the cornmeal with the facial cleanser you regularly use to wash your face. Before you apply the mixture, steam your face to help loosen your pores. Scrub on the paste in a circular motion with your fingertips, concentrating on the problem area. After two to three minutes, rinse off your face with cold water. This will help constrict your pores.
12.) Turmeric to get rid of blackheads on nose
Many times turmeric is used to help with the healing of minor burns, however, it can also be used for the removal of blackheads.
- Turmeric powder
- Two tablespoons mint juice
Mix together the turmeric powder and mint juice. Apply it to your nose and let it dry for a few minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and follow up with some moisturizer. Another option is that you can make a paste using turmeric powder, milk, and red sandalwood. Apply to your blackheads, wait ten minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow up with some moisturizer.
13.) Baking Soda and Water to get rid of blackheads on nose
Baking soda works great as an exfoliating scrub because it has fine granules. Such a simple product packs a big punch when it comes to blackheads; however, try not overuse this method. Your skin may get dry due to the saltiness of the baking powder.
- Baking soda
Mix together the baking soda and water and form a thick paste (make sure it will be spreadable though). Massage the paste into the affected area in a circular motion. Rinse off, pat dry and follow up with some moisturizer. This is an extremely inexpensive way to help with your blackheads.
14.) Steam to get rid of blackheads on nose
It’s a mythos that steam will open up your pores; however, it does soften up the trapped oil and skin cells that form blackheads, reducing the appearance of them.
- Large bowl
- Clean towel
Fill a large bowl with boiling water. Make sure to cool it down slightly so you don’t risk burning yourself. Lean over the bowl, with a towel over your head, formed like a tent so steam doesn’t escape. Do this for five to ten minutes to have the steam loosen up your pores. When you are finished, rinse your face with lukewarm water and wipe at the blackheads on your nose. Follow up with some moisturizer. You can repeat this steam treatment several times a week as needed.
Removing blackheads, and skin care, in general, is a fine line. You don’t want to overdo any cleansing, pore strips, toners or scrubs because it will make things worse over time rather than better. Keep a good skin regime going and try all of the home remedies to see which ones work best for you. You might even discover some treatments on your own!
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