Blackheads are one of the most common facial problems that people have. They are not as obvious as acne are, but if you look closely, you can see those tiny black dots on your nose and even on your cheeks. They form when there is an excess amount of oil, or sebum, in the pores. The oil, dirt, and dead skin cells mix together, forming a plug in the pores. And as the tip of the plug oxidizes, it becomes black and is now what we call blackheads. Blackheads are definitely unsightly but this skin problem can cause more worry than just a bad close up of your face.
What are Blackheads?
Blackheads are actually a type of acne. If the blackheads get infected, they can turn into pimples. So before your blackheads turn into pimples, here are some tips on how to remove blackheads from your nose.
How to get rid of Blackheads?
There are various ways to get rid of those stubborn blackheads from your nose. And one of the common ways is to use a nose pore strip, or a nose strip. Using a nose strip is simple. Just remember to wash your face prior to using the nose strip. Wet your nose and dry your hands, then peel off the nose strip from the packaging. Place the sticky side of the strip on your nose. You might have to wet it again after placing the strip on your nose, depending on the brand of the nose strip you are using. Allow the strip to dry for some time, around 10 to 15 minutes. And once the strip is dry like papier-mâché, peel it off your nose. And if you will take a close look at the nose strip, you will see the blackheads, as well as the whiteheads, sticking up.
Home Remedies for removing Blackheads
If you cannot find any commercially sold nose strips in the market, you can prepare your own remedy that works very much like those nose strips. You can use egg whites and toilet paper like a nose strip. Simply beat an egg white and apply it on your nose with your fingers. Place a 2-ply toilet paper on the area. Allow it to dry completely, and then peel it off. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry. You can also use unflavored gelatin and onion skin paper. Dissolve the gelatin in hot water or prepare the gelatin as you would prepare any gelatin except for the freezing part. Apply the gelatin mixture on your nose. Tear a piece of onion skin paper and place it on the area. Let it dry completely then remove the paper. Rinse your nose afterward with water.
Another home remedy for your blackheads is tomatoes. Simply slice the tomatoes into various shapes and sizes that would fit well on the contour of your nose. Then wash your face clean with warm water and facial wash. Pat your face dry. Place the pieces of tomatoes on your nose and leave them on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Let your skin rest for a few minutes before applying moisturizer.
Another way to remove blackheads is to use a blackhead remover lancet tool. This tool is available in most drugstores and is very affordable. Keep in mind to sterilize the lancet tool before using. Place it in rubbing alcohol to sterilize. Clean your nose and the area around it with a wet wipe or a lotion containing salicylic acid. Steam your face over a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. This will open up your pores and loosen the blackheads from your pores. Retrieve the tool from the alcohol and dry it. Place the loop end of the tool over the blackhead. Push down the lancet gently to squeeze the blackhead out. And once you’re done removing all the other blackheads on your nose, cleanse the area with a lotion with benzoyl peroxide. Rinse and then moisturize.
Long term remedy
If you want a long-term remedy for blackheads, be sure to keep your face clean at all times. Use a facial scrub to dig deep into the pores and remove any excess oils and dirt. A mixture of salt and lime juice makes for a great scrub. Also, avoid squeezing and picking on your blackheads with your fingers. This could lead to infection and scarring.