Blackheads covering the nose can become unsightly over time, particularly as they’re never mistaken for cute freckles. At first, only you can see them up close in the mirror. Then they soon cover your entire nose. Not only are they difficult to remove from the tiny pores in the skin, but they can cover the tops and sides of a nose, and along the cheeks.
If it’s only one, it’s barely noticeable, but the more blackheads that are congregated together, the more it makes your face appear darker.
Both men and women can suffer from this condition. There are store brands of pore strips, but they seem to do little more than pull out hair. Many people who suffer from blackheads will want to make an effort to remove them, particularly before a special event ahead.
What is a Blackhead?
A blackhead has the official medical term of open comedo. A blackhead actually appears as a tiny black dot on the skin. Unlike a white head that develops further below the skin’s surface, a blackhead mostly occurs around the surface of the epidermis.
Blackheads can be as small as a pin prick and as large as a pen mark. If it’s any larger, you may not have a blackhead and should seek medical advice.
Some blackheads are raised and easier to squeeze out, but most are even with the skin. There are tiny sweat and sebaceous ducts located all over our body, as well as hair follicles. Since the nose seems to produce an over-abundance of oil on some people’s skin, this is one of the leading causes of blackheads. The nose seems to be prone to blocked ducts and follicles for this reason. Technically, the dead skin cells and debris that block a duct aren’t really black, but that’s how they appear on the surface of the skin, as they’re compressed into a tiny space.
Best Methods to Remove Blackheads from the Nose
Dermatologists can use laser treatment to remove blackheads from the nose, but the main issue is that scar tissue can be left behind. For people who wish to look their best, the resulting redness and burns may be counterproductive. These scars can take weeks to heal up, which doesn’t work too well if you have a special event coming up shortly.
The best methods to remove blackheads are through natural recipes and techniques. And the good news is that since blackheads are located on the epidermis of the skin, it’s easier to remove them than you think.
You can try organic face packs, clay masks, and peel-off masks. And often many of the ingredients for these blackhead-banishing recipes can be already be found in your kitchen or bathroom, so you won’t have a great expense.
Here are a few of the best methods to try, from simple to more complex, before booking that expensive dermatologist appointment, or buying that prescription cream they want you to buy.
1. One Simple Aloe Vera Gel Ingredient to Decrease Blackheads
This is one of the simplest remedies to try. Aloe vera gel is sourced from a plant called aloe vera. You can either grow your own plants and extract the thick gel from inside of the limbs, or you can buy a bottle of aloe vera gel, which you can toss in your bag or purse.
One Ingredient for Blackhead Improvement
All it takes is one bottle of aloe vera gel to help improve and heal up your blackheads. Aloe vera gel contains many natural compounds that are beneficial for your skin. And best of all, since it’s full of antioxidants to banish free radicals from your body, it’s also providing moisturizing properties for your skin that can actually neutralize the over-production of oil in your skin’s pores. This also assists in stopping that build-up of debris in your’s skin’s pores and follicles.
Method and How to Use
- Buy the best aloe vera gel you can buy. Find a brand that contains at least 98% or more of real aloe vera gel, rather than a regular lotion that contains a minute amount of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel is also colourless, so if that store brand is bright green, skip it, as dye additives are in it.
- Simply squeeze or pump out a small amount of aloe vera gel and rub it into your nose.
- Many people like to treat their whole face with aloe vera’s moisturizing properties.
- It’s safe to use around the eye region, and if you get it in your hair, it simply comes out with a damp cloth.
- Use your aloe vera gel up to three times a day, particularly after washing your face.
- If there is no noticeable difference after a week, move to number 2. on this list of easy blackhead removal recommendations.
2. Recipe for Rinse-off Honey and Oats Nose Mask
Another simple recipe is to use honey for a nose mask, but this version is easy to rinse off, not being a peel-off mask.
Ingredients List for Honey Nose Mask
Pour the following ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a spoon.
- Pinch of real oats, not oatmeal cereal.
- 1 teaspoon of honey. If you can afford manuka honey, then use it.
How to Use Honey and Oats Mask
- Apply the honey and oatmeal mask to your nose.
- Only apply it to your nose and not the rest of your face.
- Let the mixture sit for ten minutes.
- The oats will provide scrub properties, so gently rub the honey around on your nose for a minute.
- After that time rinse off with warm water and dry with a clean towel.
- Avoid using cosmetics.
- Do your treatments twice a day until you see a noticeable difference.
3. Toothpaste and Salt At-Home Blackhead Removal
This toothpaste and salt remedy provides some additional cleansing and removal properties.
It’s also helpful if you just begin to see blackheads developing on your nose that you had previously cleared up. The chemicals in the toothpaste can help brighten your skin, while the salt acts as a scrub, which is known to remove dead skin cell debris from the surface of the skin.
Ingredients and Supplies List
- 2 tablespoons of store brand toothpaste.
- 1 tablespoon of table salt.
How to Mix and Use Toothpaste and Salt Remedy
Simply mix your toothpaste and salt mixture together in the palm of your hand, then apply it to your nose.
- Add a few drops of warm water.
- Massage the mixture around your nose for one full minute.
- Rinse off thoroughly.
- Pat dry for a fresh towel.
- Do not apply cosmetics.
- Repeat treatment twice a day.
4. Recipe for Homemade Peel-Off Clay Mask
A peel-off clay mask can offer a deeper treatment than simply using an abrasive nose cleanser. This mask takes a bit longer, requiring more time to mix it up, apply, dry, then peel off.
Ingredients List for Clay Peel Off Blackhead Removal Mask
Gather together the following ingredients and supplies. You can purchase them online or from local health and natural foods stores.
- 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal.
- 1/2 teaspoon of calcium bentonite clay.
- 2 tablespoons of tap water or filtered water, or distilled water if you can spare the expense.
- 1 tablespoon unflavoured gelatin. (Do not use fruit flavours!)
- Small glass spoon or bamboo skewer, glass bowl, and a clean cosmetics brush.
- Note: It’s important to avoid using metal utensils or bowls to make this recipe due to the calcium bentonite clay, because it can pull the metals out and into the clay, which is not what you want to do.
How to Make Your Peel-Off Mask Recipe
Follow these steps to mix up your clay mask. It’s important not to skip any of the ingredients as the mask may not work as expected. It takes about fifteen minutes to make the mask.
- Measure the bentonite clay out and place in the bowl.
- Measure and add in the charcoal and gelatin.
- Boil half a cup of water in the microwave or in the kettle.
- Measure out two tablespoons of water.
- Use a glass spoon or bamboo skewer to mix up the solution.
- When it has turned to a paste consistency, and all powder and lumps have been absorbed, it’s ready to use.
How to Use a Peel-Off Mask
You have two choices for using this mask. Using it as a peel-off mask that is certain to remove more blackheads than the other methods listed on this page. But if you have extra-sensitive skin, you can simply rinse it off after it has dried up. If in doubt, let it dry and carefully test it to see if it peels off comfortably.
- After mixing up with the hot water, test a small amount on the inside of your wrist to ensure that it’s not too hot.
- Wash your face with soap and water and pat dry with a clean towel.
- If you’re a guy and plan to use it all over your face, shave first.
- You may wish to take a warm bath or shower first, which also serves the purpose of opening up your skin’s pores.
- Do your makeup application over a sink, rather than your bedspread or carpet as it can get messy.
- Use the makeup brush to apply the mask to your nose. This will provide a smooth and even consistency.
- You can also apply the mask to your forehead, cheeks, and chin, but avoid smoothing it around your eye sockets or into your hairline.
- Apply a second layer to your face.
- Use just enough that it’s thick and black, but not so thick that it drips down your face.
- Before you can peel off your mask you must wait for it to completely dry.
- The exception is if you wish to rinse it off instead, or if the face mask becomes too difficult or painful to remove.
- It should take about 15 to 30 minutes for your face mask to fully dry. You can always sit in front of a fan or use a hairdryer on cold setting if you are getting impatient, however, this is the perfect time to rest and relax.
- Once it’s fully dry, slip your fingernail under an edge to grab it and pull off.
- Pull off the mask slowly—you may wish to open your mouth and wiggle your muscles to loosen it from your skin.
- Once the mask is completely off, discard it, and rinse your face with warm water.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Use rosehip oil if you need to moisturize your skin.
- Repeat treatments once a week.
Important Notes to Consider When You Have Blackheads on Nose
- After you’ve successfully managed to remove the blackheads from your nose through one of these homemade nose care treatments, you should be aware that the blackheads can still return. Since the upper epidermis of the skin replenishes itself every four to six weeks, choose your favourite face mask, clay mask, or blackhead nose treatment, and repeat once every three weeks. If you find the blackheads are coming in faster than that, do your treatments once a week.
- It’s important to not over-do your nose treatments, as they can irritate your nose and make it sore and red.
- If you have any unusual bleeding or unusual discoloration on your nose, it’s important to visit a physician to rule out sun damage.
- Cosmetics, the environment, and even diet can all affect the health of your skin. Enjoy a healthy diet—if in doubt add at least 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables to every meal of the day and eat these first.
There are homemade blackhead removal recipes for people of all lifestyles—whether you work from home or have a hectic schedule. Start with the simplest, and if you find you have stubborn blackheads, work your way down the list of easy methods to remove blackheads from your nose and surrounding facial regions. Soon your face will look bright and clear and your friends and family will have no idea why you look so fabulous at your special event!