How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, According to Dermatologists
Blackheads are caused by an accumulation of sebum, dirt and dead skin cells in your pores. They get their black hue when the exposure to air causes them to oxidize. We know that blackheads on your nose can be annoying, which is why we tapped two board-certified dermatologists for advice on how to effectively prevent and treat them. Here, they’re giving us their best tips.
Wash Your Face With Exfoliating Cleansers
“At home, I recommend daily exfoliation with a good cleanser that’s specifically formulated for acne-prone skin,” says Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant. Exfoliating cleansers can help slough away dead skin cells, lift pore-clogging dirt and impurities and visibly reduce the look of large pores. For gentle exfoliation on sensitive skin, we like the La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub.
Incorporate a Cleansing Brush
For a deeper cleanse, consider using a physical tool while cleansing, like the Anisa Beauty Cleansing Brush. Incorporating a cleansing brush into your routine can help deep clean the pores and remove any lingering impurities that your hands alone may not be able to reach. For best results, Dr. Bhanusali recommends washing your face with a facial cleansing brush two to three times a week.
Apply Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid
Once your skin is cleansed, follow up with a treatment that’s formulated with acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. “The best way to remove blackheads from your nose is to apply a benzoyl peroxide gel or salicylic acid lotion before bed,” says Dr. William Kwan, a dermatologist and SkinCeuticals ambassador. Benzoyl peroxide helps kill the bacteria that causes acne and remove excess oil and pore-clogging dead surface skin cells from skin. Salicylic acid helps exfoliate pores to prevent clogs. Try the CeraVe SA Lotion, which contains salicylic acid and hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Use Pore Strips Sparingly
Pore strips are coated with an adhesive that bonds to the skin and help exfoliate clogged pores upon removal. We like the Peace Out Pore Strips because they help lift away dirt, excess sebum and dead skin cells while minimizing the appearance of large pores.
However, while pore strips can certainly help assist in blackhead removal, Dr. Bhanusali warns that you shouldn’t use them too frequently. “If you overdo it, you can cause compensatory hyper-secretion of oil, which may lead to more breakouts,” he says.
Don’t Pick or Squeeze Your Blackheads
“Never try to poke or pop blackheads yourself,” says Dr. Bhanusali. It might be tempting, but doing so can cause a spread of bacteria, enlarged pores and skin irritation — it’s just not worth the risk. According to Dr. Kwan, “Picking at blackheads also increases the likelihood of getting a persistent brown or red mark after the blackhead is gone.” For an extraction, always visit your dermatologist.
Shower Immediately After Sweating
Allowing oil and sweat to sit on your skin for an extended period of time post-workout ultimately results in clogged pores and, you guessed it, blackheads. Get in the habit of cleansing your skin immediately after a sweat sesh, even if it’s just with a cleansing wipe.
Use Non-Comedogenic Skin-Care Products
If you’re prone to blackheads, reach for water-based and non-comedogenic skin care and cosmetics that won’t clog your pores.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to the sun can worsen acne flare-ups. Since blackheads are a type of acne, we recommend keeping your skin protected against harmful UV rays. Where possible, limit your sun exposure and always wear a non-comedogenic, broad-spectrum sunscreen like the CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen with SPF 30 –– even when it’s cloudy.
Photo: Lindsey Unterberger