Blackheads can be a pain. Those tiny little pesky black dots can completely bring your skin game down. While they affect all skin types and ages, blackheads usually appear on the centre of your face right on your nose where the pores are larger, making your face look dull and dirty.

In simple terms blackheads on nose are caused by dead skin cells and not accumulated dirt mixed with oil as the usual perception is. The blackhead is made up of a protein called keratin which creates a plug known as comedone. If you don’t take care of this eventually your skin will lose its smooth and soft texture and become rough and bumpy. This also reduces the elasticity of your skin making it look mature and dull. Therefore it is important to get rid of them and prevent skin problems that could arise from it.

Let’s take a look at all the effective ways to get rid of blackheads on nose, cheeks and forehead.


1. Wash your face twice daily

Wash your face twice daily

Following skincare basics can go a long way. Deep cleansing and removing accumulated dirt, oil and bacteria from your face will prevent blackheads on nose. Washing your face in the morning will remove all the excess oil produced by your skin throughout the night as well as dirt transferred from your pillowcase. You should cleanse your face again at the end of the day to get rid of all the dirt, makeup and grime sitting on your skin. Use a skin type appropriate face wash for cleansing your face twice a day.


2. Use pore strip

Use pore strip

One of the most popular, quick and effective ways to get rid of blackheads on nose is by using a pore strip. These sticky strips are like Band-Aids which attach themselves to comedones or blackheads and remove the gunk as you peel them off. However, this should be done carefully after reading the instructions on the packaging to avoid injuring your skin. Also, be careful that you don’t overdo it as this can irritate your skin too. Leave them on your skin for the time mentioned and no longer than advised, if you have sensitive skin these strips can be a little harsh for you.


3. Exfoliate two to three times a week

Exfoliate two to three times a week

Include exfoliation in your skincare routine at least twice a week. Daily cleansing only removes surface dirt from your skin, exfoliation, on the other hand, works at removing the dead skin cells and trapped dirt from deep within the pores. This not only makes your skin feel softer and smoother but it also prevents blackheads on nose and other skin problems. If you have sensitive skin or if you’re new to exfoliating we suggest using a washcloth to gently scrub away all the dead skin. However, if you’ve been doing it often you can pick a skin appropriate scrub and do it yourself twice a week. Always follow it up with a moisturizer because if you don’t your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the dryness and stretchy feeling.


4. Use a clay mask

Use a clay mask

Clay has amazing oil absorbing properties which make them an absolute essential in skincare products, especially formulated for those with oily skin. It pulls out all the dirt and excess oil, thereby balancing the pH level of your skin. If you have combination skin you can use this clay mask to remove blackheads on nose or t-zone to specifically target those pesky black dots in that area. Charcoal plays the same role as clay in removing dirt and oil from your face. Therefore invest in a formula that has clay or charcoal along with some moisturising ingredients to treat those blackheads.


5. Try an egg white face pack

Try an egg white face pack

If you’re into DIY and using natural products to treat skin problems an egg white face pack will be quite effective. This face pack works similar to pore strips in pulling out blackheads and dirt from deep within the pores.

Here’s how you can make a face pack to remove blackheads on nose.

Thoroughly clean your skin to remove dirt and oil. Now apply a thin layer of one egg white and allow it to dry. Apply a second layer and let that dry too. Your skin will feel stretchy at this point. Now apply the third layer on your nose and wait for it to dry. Wash off with lukewarm water to reveal fresh and glowing skin.


6. Opt for non-comedogenic products

Opt for non-comedogenic products

Certain skincare and makeup products are comedogenic in nature, meaning they clog pores and make blackheads and open pores more visible. Some oils including shea butter and coconut oil can also clog pores. Therefore in order to prevent blackheads on nose it is better to avoid skincare and makeup products that would block your pores and invite skin problems. Opt for non-comedogenic products instead such as a lightweight moisturiser. If you have acne-prone oily skin, avoid heavy formulas as they won’t absorb easily and sit on top of your skin inviting new skin problems.


7. Get regular facials

Get regular facials

The above at-home treatments will work for just about everyone however, sometimes it’s best to take professional help. Regular facials at least once a month is a good way to not just deep cleanse your skin but also repair and rejuvenate your skin. Facialists also perform extractions using blackhead removal tools and know exactly which ones to remove. Working with the tool at home can be quite risky, you do not want to disrupt the surrounding pores. Therefore trust a professional when it comes to getting rid of blackheads on nose, chin and forehead.


8. Consider retinoids

Consider retinoids

If you’ve exhausted all blackhead removal options and nothing seems to work for the blackheads on nose, maybe it is time to consider retinol. When applied topically, blackheads combat the appearance of pores and increase cell regeneration making skin smooth and tightening pores. Your dermatologist will be the right person to recommend the right strength of retinoid based on your skin type as they can be very drying and cause skin irritation. The results can be seen in four to five weeks so be patient with this treatment formula.