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How To Remove Blackheads On Your Nose

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You prod and squeeze from all angles, sometimes until your nose goes into grotesque, unrecognizable shapes. When it’s finally out, you heave a relieved “ahhh…”

There’s a strange sense of satisfaction and achievement. Truly, blackheads are small but mighty. Mighty persistent, that is.

Blackheads can be one of the most common skincare issues that doesn’t seem to quite go away no matter how hard we try. To get to the root of the problem, let’s start with the causes of blackheads.

What causes blackheads?

A combination of built-up facial oil and dead skin are the main culprits of blackheads.

When too much facial oil is secreted, the pores have a tough time letting it flow freely to the surface. As excess oil accumulates in a pore and dead skin isn’t being exfoliated properly, the pore becomes clogged.
When the clogged pore interacts with air, it oxidizes and a blackhead is formed.

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Naturally, to eliminate blackheads, the secretion of facial oil must be minimized and built-up dead skin must be exfoliated effectively.

However, the internet is rife with methods or products of blackhead removal that are either too harsh or simply not effective at all.

4 Methods To Not Use To Remove Blackheads

#1. Pore Strips

You cannot “pull out”blackheads completely using pore strips. The best that pore strips can do is perhaps remove the very top bit of blackhead – they don’t entirely get rid of the whole blackhead that’s clogging the pore.

The result? You may see that the blackheads seem to have “disappeared”. However, it wouldn’t be too long before the pores get clogged again and the little black dots start resurfacing.

#2. Abrasive Facial Scrubs

Blackheads cannot be “scrubbed” away. Blackheads are embedded too deeply in the pores to be removed by the mere surface exfoliation of facial scrubs or other exfoliants. Moreover, excessive abrasion may further irritate and damage the skin.

#3. Bar Soaps

Some bar soaps claim to be specially formulated for blackheads removal. However, they may not be very effective as the ingredients that keep bar soaps in their hard, solid forms are the things that can further clog up your pores.

#4. Harmful Ingredients

Many products claiming to target blackheads contain alcohol, lemon, lime, menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus – all of which tend to strip away too much of the skin’s natural oil, triggering it to secrete even more facial oil and further clogging up the pores.

Choose the right skincare products

While it may not be possible to get rid of blackheads once and for all, using the right skincare products regularly can go a long way to minimizing their appearance.

1. Gentle, water soluble facial cleanser

While blackheads may not always be an indication of dirt (they’re actually oily, clogged pores turning black upon interaction with air), it’s still crucial to choose the right facial cleanser to manage them.

Use a gentle facial cleanser that doesn’t strip your face of its natural oil or make it feel “tight”, which is an indication that the cleanser may be too harsh for your skin.

You may wish to combine washing your face with a soft-bristled cleansing brush or soft washcloth.

However, avoid the temptation to rub. Rubbing wouldn’t make those pesky blackheads go away (please re-read above paragraph on how NOT to remove blackheads) and will definitely damage your skin and aggravate whatever skincare condition you may currently have.

In fact, using unsuitable cleansers and over-washing may cause even more facial oil to be secreted, further clogging pores and aggravating blackheads.

Recommended: CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser

Mild, 100% fragrance free and clinically proven to be non-irritating, this gentle cleanser works swiftly to remove oil and dirt while retaining the skin’s natural oil. It’ll leave your skin feeling silk smooth, clean and refreshed without that “tight” feeling. Best thing is, it’s fantastic for all skin types, especially those with oily skin and blackheads.

2. Use a very mild BHA exfoliant

Besides oily pores, the other culprit of blackheads formation is accumulated dead skin. Gentle but effective exfoliants like BHA (salicylic acid) will remove dead skin cells which could potentially react with the excess oil in the pore and turn into a blackhead.

Recommended: CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

This is a leave-on, liquid exfoliant which sends irritating blackheads, white bumps and zits packing. It can also unclog pores and tame the redness too. Free of harsh, abrasive ingredients which some exfoliants may contain, the silky, lightweight formula gently lifts away dead skin, revealing a more radiant complexion and prepping the skin to effectively absorb the goodness of the lotions and serums that are to follow.

Saturate a cotton ball with the exfoliating solution and apply on a cleansed face. This is mild enough to be used around the eye areas too. You do not have to rise off as this is a leave-on formula and can be used under your usual creams or serums.

3. Lightweight moisturizers

After getting rid of built-up dead skin and oily pores, you need to go for the right kind of moisturizers that complement instead of negate your previous skincare effort. Avoid moisturizers that are too greasy or leave an oily residue on your face. Those ingredients that give creams and lotions their thick, cloying textures will usually clog pores. Choose light, fluid gels or liquid skincare products whenever you can.

Recommended: SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Moisture Gel

The perfect lightweight gel moisturizer for oily and combination skin, your skin gets the refreshing moisture boast without that uncomfortable, cloying feeling. Moreover, it contains a blend of pore-reducing niacinamide, youth-retaining antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients to visibly reduce pores and refine skin.

4. Manage excess facial oil

Oily, clogged up pores are partly responsible for the appearance of blackheads. So manage excess facial oil with a Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask or Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with Microsponge Technology.

Recommended: SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask

Balance is key when it comes to maintaining great skin. This mask boasts a proprietary blend of natural clay and skin-supporting ingredients. The natural clay gently draws out stubborn oil from clogged pores while the other plant extracts calm and soothe the skin. Rest assured that this mask doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients such as alcohol, menthol or peppermint that could aggravate the skin’s condition.

For extremely oil skin, this face mask is mild enough for you to use several times a week. If you’ve normal to slightly oily skin, using once or twice a week should suffice.

Recommended: SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with Microsponge Technology

This is more than just an oil-control primer that works to keep that oily, shiny look at bay while minimizing the appearance of pores. When dried, the lightweight formula forms a fine, powder-like finish, softening the look of minor skin imperfections.

This oil-control primer is suitable for people with oily or combination skin who wants to create a naturally matte complexion. It can be used on its own or under makeup.

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