How To Get Rid of Blackheads on Nose (Step by Step)
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Most people think of blackheads as something only teenagers have to deal with.
And while it is usually during or after the onset of puberty that blackheads develop, there are many adults 30 and older who still have blackheads.
Blackheads can pop up anywhere on the body, They can be found on the neck, back, shoulders, and chest of a person but are most often found on the face. These can negatively impact one’s self-image, causing embarrassment. While there are many reasons blackheads develop, there are also many ways to prevent and get rid of them without skin irritation.
We all want to be attractive, not only to other people but to ourselves as well. Having a clear complexion helps us to feel and look our best.
What are Blackheads?
The dictionary’s definition of the blackhead is “a small, black-tipped, fatty mass in a skin follicle, especially of the face”.
Basically, blackheads are formed when there is a blockage in a skin pore. In simple terms, a hair follicle has a build up of debris that gets stuck in the pore.
A blackhead is considered the first stage of acne when bacteria are introduced into the pores via the skin cells and sebum. The result is a bump that usually turns into a pimple.
Sebum is a fatty substance secreted by a sebaceous gland and is utilized as a lubricate for the hair and skin.
Certain hormones in our body overstimulate these glands, in turn causing sebum to be overproduced. Usually, sebum is drained at the surface of the skin and out of the pore. However, when the gland is overstimulated and there is a surplus of sebum, dirt and bacteria begin to accumulate in the pore.
A whitehead is when the bacteria and sebum have no opening or pore to the skin. When there are an opening and air can enter, that is called a whitehead. It is also known as closed comedo.
Melanin is a pigment that is prevalent in sebum. Melanin is oxidized when exposed to air and the result is a darkening of the pigment.
This darkening is what makes a blackhead appear as a black spot, not the debris in the pore. Therefore, blackheads are not made from the dirt in your pores so no amount of scrubbing will make them clean or prevent them from developing.
Blackheads most often affect people who suffer from oily skin. However, you can still get blackheads no matter what type of skin you have.
What are causes of blackheads?
There are several reasons for the development of blackheads.
For those who have reached puberty (or have just gone through puberty), they are normally caused by the overproduction of oil.
When hormones are overactive there are higher levels of a the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). The DHT hormone activates the oil glands and when there are high levels of DHT, too much oil is produced resulting in pores getting clogged.
People believe that blackheads appear because a person is not getting their skin completely clean. Or that a person gets more blackheads during menstruation or puberty when hormone levels are fluctuating. According to doctors and scientists, this theory is a myth and that the majority of biological reasons for blackheads and acne occur underneath the skin, or inside the body, not on the surface.
Food plays an important part in the appearance and health of your skin. And though we are warned against them, fatty foods and chocolates do not directly cause acne. Yet, there is evidence to prove that the people who overindulge in sugary, fatty or fried foods generally have worse complexions than those who eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Spicy, dairy, nutty, or greasy foods also have no direct effect on the production of acne.
The main impact that diet has on your skin is in the consumption of high-glycemic foods. Scientist and doctors agree that eating foods that contain less sugar like lean meats, fruits and vegetables will result in a better complexion.
There are, however, some external forces that can cause blackheads.
If you overuse sunscreen, makeup, moisturizers, ect., you can have more blackheads develop. If you use the wrong moisturizers, i.e. ones with fragrance (if you are allergic), too oily, etc., or the wrong facial cleansers, your skin can react by overproducing oil. This will adversely affect the skin, creating blackheads and acne.
The overuse of makeup, or the use of makeup that irritates your skin, contributes to poor skin. Some women go to sleep without cleaning makeup off of their faces. This directly causes acne by letting the dirt and oil on the skin’s surface to clog the pores.
Also, it has been proven that if you do not frequently wash your hands and often touch your face or sleep with your hands on your face, the dirt and oil on your hands is transferred to your face. Thus, the transferred oil and dirt can clog your pores.
But you can create the conditions to facilitate the development of acne by over washing your skin. Instead of cleaning, you actually aggravate your skin, causing the formation of blackheads and pimples in.
Some people think that stress contributes to the formation of blackheads and pimples, but there is no proof that stress directly adds to acne. People who suffer from stress and/or anxiety have been known to pick or pop their blackheads and pimples which does irritate the skin and adds to the development of acne.
Smoking also increases the acne as well as the pollutants in our air.
Heredity does play a part in the condition of your skin. You can be more prone to breakouts than your friends, and have to be extra diligent in your diet and hygiene to prevent those breakouts.
Whether your blackheads are due to internal, external, or both, influences there are many methods that will help prevent or decrease their appearance.
Treatment for blackheads on nose –
While blackheads can appear anywhere on your body, those on your nose are usually harder to clear up and prevent.
There are some good homeopathic remedies that will help you get rid of blemishes.
Oatmeal is great as an exfoliant, cleanser, and soother.
You can use it in facial masks, scrubs, or gentle cleansers. It will soothe skin inflamed from acne or rashes and even help heal existing blemishes.
A good, natural scrub that you can make at home consists of 1 tbsp. of finely ground, old fashioned oatmeal with 1 tsp. of non-fat yogurt.
Dampen the skin on your face, neck and neckline then gently massage the mixture into your skin for about 3 minutes.
This will deep-clean your skin, getting rid of dirt and dead cells. After using this scrub, you can apply a natural facial pack to further aid in a better complexion.
French green clay –
For heavy acne, a pack made from French green clay (available at most natural food stores) may work best.
Simply combine 2 tbsp. of French green clay, 2 drops of thyme essential oil, 1/2 tsp. of jojoba oil and 3 – 4 tbsp of hot sage tea.
This pack will relieve skin irritated from acne as well as tighten pores and moisturize.
Another facial pack that works well for oily skin utilizes the aspects of oatmeal and wheat germ oil. You mix 2 tbsp. ground oatmeal, 1/2 tsp. wheat-germ oil, 2 – 4 tbsp. hot sage tea and 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed.
Once your skin has been thoroughly cleaned and the ingredients mixed, apply either of the packs to your skin while it is still warm from the tea.
Just relax for 20 – 30 minutes and let the natural ingredients work their magic.
You can use many regular items found in your pantry to clear up and help prevent breakouts.
Instead of throwing out your over-ripe bananas, put them to use clearing up acne. Right before you go to bed, mash the overripe banana up and apply it over the area that is affected. Cover your face with gauze, tape it in place and go to sleep.
During the night, the enzymes and sugar in the banana will draw out the impurities, clearing up the breakout.
Honey is another pantry staple you can use on your skin.
Simply heat about 1/8 cup of honey and dab it onto your blackheads.
Once you have let it sit for a couple of minutes, wash it off with warm water, rinse with cool water and gently pat dry.
Honey has natural antibacterial agents that fight acne-causing bacteria and draws out the debris in your pores, helping to reduce their size.
Another method you can use to reduce the size of your pores in addition to alleviating acne is also made with honey.
Simply mix 1 tbsp. of honey with one beaten egg. Spread the mixture onto your face, leaving it on for 20 minutes. When you rinse it off your skin will be softer, firmer and smoother than before.
Honey can even be used to make your own blackhead strips, instead of paying for those expensive strips at the stores. Honey not only helps decrease bacteria in your pores, it is also a great organic adhesive.
Mix 1 part organic, raw honey with part of cinnamon powder. Cinnamon helps blood circulation and improved blood circulation gives a healthy glow to your skin.
Apply this mixture in a thin layer over your blackheads, then press a strip of clean cotton to the mixture. Leave it for 3 – 5 minutes, then remove and rinse.
Pat your face dry and then apply your moisturizer. Or, instead of cinnamon, you can use honey mixed with milk. The lactic acid in milk is thought to keep skin supple and fine-textured.
Mix 1 tbsp of organic honey with 1 tsp of milk, warm it in the microwave (or a pot of boiling water) and mix it again so the mixture is completely blended. Apply it to the blackheads, pat a clean cotton strip onto it and wait for about 20 minutes or until the mixture is dry. Gently remove the strip, rinse, pat dry and moisturize. The blackheads are removed just as if you had used a store bought strip.
Baking Soda –
Baking soda is another item from your cupboards that can fight acne as well as toothache.
Baking soda is great to deep-clean your face. It lifts out the make-up, dirt and oil embedded in your pores that the more expensive facial cleansers miss.
Mix 1 to 3 parts baking soda with enough water to form an easily spreadable thick paste. Dampen the skin on your face and gently massage the mixture in, then rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.
Lemon Juice –
To tighten your pores and reduce their appearance, use regular lemon juice. While lemon juice has been used for centuries to lighten complexions, it can be used to clear up blemishes as well.
Simply rub your face several times a day with lemon juice & wash it off after few minutes.
Hot water steam –
Steam can also be used to reduce the appearance of your pores. While it is not possible to actually shrink pores, keeping them unclogged reduces the debris that causes them to look large and helps to limit the number of blackheads.
Fill a bowl with boiling water, cover your head with a towel and lean over the hot water bowl. Hold the towel over your head to keep steam from escaping, thus allowing the steam to loosen the accumulated sebum, oil, dirt and make-up in your pores. Pat dry, apply moisturizer and you are done.
These simple home remedies and methods will keep your skin healthy and beautiful. And you do not have to spend a lot of money to have a smooth and clear complexion.
There are many inexpensive and organic ways to care for your skin.
You can easily and cheaply create your own lotions, moisturizers, cleansers and scrubs at home. Just remember to test, or talk to your doctor about each one carefully.
Some ingredients may cause allergic reactions or have adverse effects when you are taking certain medicines.
Lemon juice can heighten skin sensitivity to sunlight so you need to use extra sunscreen if using this remedy.
Oatmeal and baking soda can dry out your skin, so definitely remember to moisturize.
Whenever you decide to use a natural, home-made method instead of store-bought or prescription remedies, always, always research and verify the method and ingredients.
While it is great to use organic ingredients and home-based treatments, some methods may cause more harm than good.
Make sure you follow the recipes and directions to the letter, as deviations can have detrimental results.
We all want to be as beautiful on the outside as we feel on the inside. Through diet, exercise and natural remedies we can accomplish that goal.