Blackheads or “comedomes” are small black blemishes on our skin that… well… they’re just disgusting you know! More precisely, they’re hair follicles filled with skin debris (keratin squamae), and skin oil (sebum), that blacken out as the melanin they contain becomes oxidized when exposed to air. As the hair follicle gets blocked by sebum, they dilate and air and dirt starts accumulating forming a blackhead. If enough bacteria colonize the blackhead, it will become infected. Blackheads actually a would-be pimple, and if they’re not treated they will transform in a pus-ridden pustule which is something we really do not want to show on our faces! Blackheads make their appearance as a consequence of acne, especially during adolescence and puberty, as if this whole age wasn’t troublesome enough by itself…
So how to get rid of blackheads and clean our skin before these ugly bad spots start accumulating on our otherwise-beautiful noses? Here are a few useful tips and some myth debunking.
So here is how to get rid of blackheads on nose fast:
1. Stop cleaning your skin too much
A very common myth about blackheads is that blackheads appear if you do not clean your skin properly, especially during hormone-unstable periods such as pre-menstrual cycle. Actually that’s not true, and indeed it’s a myth that can further increase the number of blackheads that can appear. The physiological processes that generates comedones do in fact happen beneath the skin’s surface, and are often a consequence of various stressing factors that irritate your skin. Using aggressive soaps, or using them too many times a day can remove the naturally protective layer of your epidermis, causing your skin to react by producing even more oil, which in turn will block follicles generating blackheads! So the best advice is to just wash your skin once or twice a day – no more than that: cleaning your skin a lot does NOT help you get rid of blackheads!
2. Apply lemon juice and salt overnight
Lemon juice is very acidic and also possess significant antiseptic and antioxidant properties that will help dissolve the sebum and prevent the infections. The citric acid found in lemons though is way too concentrated as it is, and it may irritate your skin. For this reason, you should dilute the juice with some water, and then mix up some salt to help drying up blackheads before applying it overnight. Not only this mixture will help treating existing comedones, it will also prevent others from forming, making your skin brilliant and clean.
3. Lemon juice variant: orange juice and/or sugar
Two variants of the above method do exist, so you can try them until you find what’s the most effective for your own skin. The first one is to use orange juice instead of lemon juice, as orange has less citric acid and thus is a bit more gentler than lemon. Just be sure to use real oranges, and not bottled one! The other variant is to use sugar instead of salt to further reduce lemon juice acidity, for a less aggressive treatment.
4. Clean your nose with a baking soda skin paste
Baking soda is a very effective treatment to get rid of blackheads, as it will dry them up and bleach your skin making it whiter and shinier. You just need to prepare a special thick paste by mixing two to three teaspoons of baking soda with some water, dripping it over the powder until the mixture looks like melted ice cream. Gently apply the paste on your skin on the areas where the blackheads are found and massage it for a while, then let it dry for a few minutes. Rinse it off with abundant warm water.
5. Lemon juice and sugar scrub
This is not the same thing as the n.3 remedy we proposed above. Instead it’s quite similar to the baking soda paste. Actually you need to squeeze some lemon juice over an half-cup of brown or white sugar, until it forms a thick paste, then use it as a scrub to clean your skin. This method uses the best of both worlds, softening the roughness of sugar with some lemon, and reducing the aggressiveness of citric acid with sugar itself.
6.Clean your skin with facial steaming
As we already said, blackheads are caused by sebum-blocked follicles. Steam and heat naturally opens your pores and liquefies sebum making it softer, allowing your skin to naturally drive out the blackheads, while rehydrating your epidermis. Just boil a pan full of water, and then remove it from the heat source. Put a clean, thick towel on your head and “make a tent” with it, keeping your face near the steamy, boiling water. Keep your head inside the “towel tent” a couple of minutes, and then wash your face with warm water (no soaps involved).
7. Get Rid of blackheads with Oatmeal and tomato juice
Oatmeal is a great remedy for almost every skin problem, from allergies to blackheads. Make a paste by mixing some tomato juice with a teaspoon of honey and all the oatmeal you can add until it’s sufficiently thick. Tomato is a natural antiseptic and oatmeal is a great cleanser that will make your skin incredibly soft. Apply the paste on your face, and leave it for at least 10 minutes, then rinse off. Works better with a previous steaming treatment (see remedy n.6).
8. Variants of oatmeal paste: cornmeal and yogurt
If you do not have oatmeal at hand, cornmeal is a great substitute indeed. You can also make things a little messier by adding 2-3 teaspoons of yogurt, some olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply the cream for 10 days and miracles will happen!
9. Tomato juice for lesser blackheads problems
If your blackheads problem is not too severe, you can just simplify the overall procedure by just applying some tomato juice on your skin and do a peeling or overnight treatment. It’s just not very effective for more severe conditions though.
10. Egg and Honey paste to remove blackheads
Although it’s quite simple to mix up one or two white eggs with a full teaspoon of honey and apply it overnight… well you’re not going to appreciate the stink! This messy method will leave your skin glowing and soft after the treatment though. This is how to get rid of blackheads on nose fast.