Blackheads are the bane of many people’s skin. They are often found on the nose, chin, and other areas where oil builds up in pores.

The black color comes from dirt that has gotten into your pores coming to a contact with air, then oxidization occurs rendering it black. This happens to everyone regularly – unless you take special precautions known as ‘double cleansing’.

Now that we’re all familiar with the causes of these nasty little devils, let’s move deeper into how you can remove blackheads from their nose.

How to get rid of blackheads on your nose

Blackhead Removers

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This may be viewed as an aggressive way to get rid of blackheads, but it works. A good product for this would be one that has a small metal loop on the end to pull out the gunk from your pores.

If you’re going to use one of these, make sure you thoroughly cleanse your face beforehand. Trying to press a metal blackhead remover onto an oily nose is painful, ineffective, and can lead to scarring.

Use an astringent face wash with salicylic acid

Use an astringent face wash with salicylic acid

When you’re washing your face, some facial washes are supposed to be good for blackheads because they contain salicylic acid which is supposed to help with oil control. However, using non-specific facial washes can have a minimal effect because you’re just washing everything away.

Many face washes feature a powerful ingredient called salicylic acid which removes dead skin and unclogs blocked pores, helping to prevent the build up of blackheads.

If your skin can tolerate it, you could even use an apple cider vinegar rinse on your face, as it has been known to help get rid of blackheads as well.

Get a facial at a spa

Get a facial at a spa

In the mood for what industry professionals call, “manual extractions”?

Yes, we know it sounds gross. But if you’re sick of pore strips, looking to avoid scarring, and have a couple bucks to invest in your face, this might be the route you want to take.

These are done by pros who will not only remove blackheads from your nose, but they’ll make sure to get rid of other gunk from your face as well. Getting facials can become expensive, though.

But regardless of price, it’s still a good idea to have a good skincare routine to prevent dirt from building up and mixing with excess oil.

Try using nose strips to pull them out

Try using nose strips to pull them out

There are many kinds of pore strips you can use. Some people swear by these because they come with ingredients like charcoal that are supposed to draw out the gunk in your pores.

This is one of the cheaper solutions, but it’s pretty harsh on your skin. The adhesive they use is very powerful, and it pulls more than just the blackheads with it.

It pulls dead skin, live skin, rips out any hair follicles… you get the idea. However, once in a while it might be a good idea to swab your face with some salicylic acid, THEN use a pore strip. You’ll get more gunk out.

Combined with some powerful supplements for clear skin, you’ll have clean and minimized pores in no time!

Use a clay face mask to remove dead skin cells

Use a clay face mask to remove dead skin cells

This is one of the easiest ways to get rid of blackheads.

These are best used on a once-a-week basis, as the masks are very “sticky” and will rip off tons of dead skin cells as they clear up your clogged pores. As long as you have time to do it once a week, this should be part of your skincare routine.

Usually people who have blackheads have overactive oil glands, so we would recommend one that says it’s specifically for oil buildup.

Bentonite clay masks are also a good option. But be warned – the gunk you pull out of your nose with this method will be just as gross (or worse) as nose strips!

Use a blackhead remover to un-clog pores (pore vacuum)

Use a blackhead remover to un-clog pores (pore vacuum)

Also called a pore vacuum, this is one of the most effective ways to get rid of blackheads. You just stick the metal loop into your nose and, well, let it suck the gunk out of your pores! It’s an easy way to remove blackheads without having to mess with masks or buy something you’ll have to use often. What could be easier?

Just be careful not to get too extreme with the suction – too much and you could cause bruising. Theoretically, at least. We’ve never had this happen with us.

What causes blackheads?

What causes blackheads?

Blackheads are caused by oil and dirt getting caught in pores and then oxidizing, causing the color change. This can happen with anyone because we all have natural oils (otherwise known as sebum) that is secreted from our face to keep it moisturized.

Another potential cause of blackheads is excessive sweating. If you aren’t regularly removing excess dirt from your face AND you sweat a lot, just imagine what that is doing to your pores.

In general, you can reduce the number of blackheads you get by eating healthier food. Check out our article here on The 42 Best Foods For Clear Skin.

How to prevent blackheads if you have acne prone skin

How to prevent blackheads if you have acne prone skin

Those of you with overactive sebaceous glands, listen up. This section is for you.

Prevention is always easier than having to treat them once they start. Since most people who have blackheads usually have oily skin, the best way to keep them away is to prevent excess oil from building up on your nose.

This can be done pretty easily by using an oil-free gentle cleanser and washing with it regularly.

You can also try using a toner to remove the excess oil on your face. Another way to prevent blackheads is by regularly exfoliating dead skin from your face. This will help with removing dead skin cells that cause clogged pores and lead to blackheads.

Combined with using a pore strip from time to time, this is a great strategy.

What natural products are best for treating blackheads?

What natural products are best for treating blackheads?

As we mentioned earlier in this article, you can try using bentonite clay masks. This is a pretty effective natural product for removing excess oil from your face. You can use it as often as necessary or just on occasion to unclog pores and free of gunk.

Using apple cider vinegar for blackheads

Another good natural option would be to exfoliate with apple cider vinegar. Just mix it up with some water and apply to your face for about fifteen minutes.

It removes oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and anything else that might clog pores on your face. This can also help prevent blackheads from showing up in the future as well!

Lemon juice

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Not only is this another natural option for removing blackheads from your nose, but it’s also a great addition to your skincare routine.

Just mix the juice with some water and apply as you would with apple cider vinegar to remove more oil than if you were to use it by itself.

Also, lemon juice has skin lightening properties that can fade acne scars and dark spots! Great for oily skin types.

Salt or sugar scrub

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Something that’s super easy to do at home is to gently exfoliate with a salt or sugar scrub. This works well for removing dead skin cells and giving you smooth, soft skin.

You’ll just want to make sure not to scrub too hard – anything too harsh can lead to broken capillaries or even scarring.

Be careful with this scrub so you don’t irritate your skin!

If you have sensitive skin, try adding some olive or sweet almond oil to the mixture before applying it to your face. This will reduce potential irritation and is safe enough for people with oily skin to use.

How to minimize pores after removing blackheads

You’ve washed your face, applied the pore strips, and now your nose is free of excess dirt – great job!

But now you’re left with all these enlarged pores. Not fun.

This is just something that comes with the territory of trying to get rid of blackheads, unfortunately.

But there are some things you can do! After removing blackheads, try using toner or witch hazel on your nose to tighten up pores and help them shrink back down. Salicylic acid also has a toning effect, but see what works best for you.

Using witch hazel to minimize pores

Witch hazel is really good for skin because it has oil-absorbing properties so it can help minimize pores.

You’ll want to take a clean cotton ball and soak it in witch hazel before applying it to your nose.

Wipe your nose gently. It may sting a bit, but just know that means it’s working!

Use a toner to minimize pores

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Using a facial toner is great for removing anything that might be left behind after you’ve removed blackheads.

Toners are also good for tightening pores because they tend to have witch hazel in them, just like the stuff we talked about before!

You’ll still want to use your regular moisturizer after using these since they can leave your skin feeling dry.

How to reduce blackheads from the rest of your face

How to reduce blackheads from the rest of your face

If you have blackheads on other parts of your body besides just your nose, there are a few steps you can take to keep them under control! These tips will help keep breakouts from happening all over your face, chest, and arms.

Final Thoughts

Whether you decide to use something harsh like salicylic acid gel or pore strips, or just commit to regular exfoliation, there are tons of ways to get rid of blackheads on your nose.

But whatever you do, make sure you do something. The longer you leave the blackheads on your nose, the bigger your pores will get.

And while it’s possible to minimize enlarged pores, it will take longer if they’re bigger.

Looking for more ideas to minimize pores and get rid of blackheads? Try making your own DIY natural facial serum!

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