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How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose for Good: 10 Easy Treatments to Do at Home

by Laura Fisher

How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose for Good: 10 Easy Treatments to Do at Home
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From facial steaming to charcoal masks, here’s how to get rid of blackheads on your nose.


Is there anything more annoying than glancing in the mirror only to realize that tiny black spots have taken over your nose? Those dreaded blackheads are the result of pores becoming clogged with oil, dirt, and bacteria. The grimy combination forms a plug that oxidizes when it comes into contact with air, turning black. Not only are blackheads unsightly, but if left unattended, they can turn into a major acne problem.


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So what’s the best way to safely get rid of blackheads on your nose without leaving home? As it turns out, there are a few skincare tools and products that’ll get your results while saving you a pricey trip to the spa. Read on to discover the best practices and topical treatments to pick up to eradicate blackheads and get you a clear complexion, once and for all.


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SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub


Exfoliating regularly is the easiest way to slowly reduce blackheads over time. No, it’s not a quick fix, but by integrating exfoliation into your skincare routine, you are shedding the dead skin, oil, and dirt that build up and cause blackheads to form. Use a product like the top-rated SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub, ($31) 2-3 times per week to achieve intense exfoliation that won’t wreck your skin due to the calming addition of glycerin and aloe leaf.

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1. Exfoliate

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Acid Exfoliator


If physical exfoliators are too much for your sensitive skin to handle, you can also add in a salicylic acid treatment. Salicylic acid acts as a chemical exfoliator - but not the kind that will leave your face red and stinging. Products like the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Acid Exfoliator ($40) contain a gentle acid that will loosen and remove dead skin cells and pave the way for clearer, smaller pores.

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2. Salicylic Acid

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM


Many dermatologists say that using a retinol cream is the quickest way to get rid of blackheads. Many people are familiar with retinol as a way to fight signs of ageing, and that it does. But encouraging cell turnover not only fights wrinkles, but also clears pores and helps prevent new blackheads from forming. While you can go to the dermatologist and get a prescription, there are plenty of high-quality over-the-counter products available that will do the trick in clearing up and preventing the blackheads on your nose. The potent Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM ($65) is specially formulated to gradually release retinol into your skin throughout the night to help unclog your pores (and fight aging). Note that using salicylic acid and retinol together may cause irritation, so use them on an alternating schedule if you choose to use both. And it’s always a good idea to start slowly when beginning any new skincare routine and add in one new product at a time.

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3. Retinol

Glo Skin Beauty’s Oil Free SPF 40+


Going back to basics, if you want to stay blackhead free, it’s imperative to use an oil-free sunscreen. We all know that we should be using sunscreen daily, but did you know that layering on an oily sunscreen can contribute to those blocked pores on your nose? Luckily, you can protect your skin and avoid the dreaded black dots with oil free sunscreens like the bestselling Glo Skin Beauty’s Oil Free SPF 40+ ($38), which doubles as a moisturizer. This is a huge benefit since the fewer products you layer on, the less of a chance there is of clogging up your pores.

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4. Use Oil-Free Sunscreen

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Pro Facial Steamer


Using a facial steamer can help soften your skin and open your pores to help expel the built up dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that is trapped inside. That’s why if you go for a facial, the esthetician will often begin by steaming your face before removing gunk or starting other treatments. Using the Pro Facial Steamer from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare ($149) 1-2 times per week hydrates and improves circulation while allowing impurities to escape from pores, leaving you with glowing, clear skin. It also makes your skin more easily able to absorb any products you apply after you’ve steamed.

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5. Facial steamer

Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips


Pore strips are made with a strong adhesive on one side that removes a layer of dead skin and debris from pores on and around the nose. Not to mention, they are bizarrely satisfying to use. We love the Peace Out Pore Treatment strips because they also include vitamin A to refine the appearance of pores after they’ve been purged. You can also use a peel-off mask specifically formulated for pores, like this one from Miss Spa ($14.99), on your nose and anywhere else you’re seeing blackheads pop up. Be warned though - the sticking power on this mask is fairly intense, and you’ll want to keep it away from around your eyes, lips, and eyebrows.

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6. Pore strips

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Facial Cleanser


Your body releases toxins through sweat, which is one of the many benefits of working out. However, if you leave that sweat sitting on your face, it can get trapped in your pores along with the dirt and oil that was already there to start. This can lead to, you guessed it, blackheads on your nose. That’s why it’s important to add a step to your workout routine and cleanse your face before and after you work up a sweat. The gentle cleansing wipes from Paula’s Choice ($11) are not only affordable but also remove makeup, cleanse, and tone — making them the perfect way to remove the day before your workout. For after, stash a bottle of First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Facial Cleanser ($21) in your gym bag. It’s totally portable, fragrance free, and the perfect quick rinse to keep your pores clean and open.

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7. Wash your face before and after exercising

GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask


Charcoal is known for detoxification and removal of impurities, which is why you’re finding it in everything from toothpaste to soap. When it comes to your face (and those pesky blackheads), charcoal can act as a magnet for oil, dead skin cells, and other impurities that are clogging things up. Try a mask like the GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask ($59), which includes a blend of six acids (in addition to activated charcoal) to both unclog and minimize the appearance of pores.

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8. Charcoal Mask

Erno Laszlo’s Pore Cleansing Clay Mask


Clay masks work by getting deep into pores and loosening dirt, oil, and debris. In fact, clay masks are often considered a must-have for anyone with oily skin due to their strong absorbing properties. They are a gentler alternative to a pore strip, and while the effects might be a bit more gradual, clay masks can be quite effective in getting rid of blackheads. Erno Laszlo’s Pore Cleansing Clay Mask ($48) is specially formulated to clear pores with two types of clay, sugar cane extract to act as a mild exfoliant, and rosewater for a perfectly floral touch.

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9. Clay Mask

Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor and Serum Infuser


Let’s be clear about one thing: For hard-core pore extraction, you should see a dermatologist. Attempting at-home extraction of large, deep-rooted blackheads or pimples can lead to irritation and scarring. However, there are gentle pore extractors on the market that use vibration and ultrasonic waves to unclog pores and remove blackheads softly. The Dermaflash Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor and Serum Infuser ($99) has an addition “infuse” mode to help serum get more deeply absorbed into your skin and take full advantage of those newly-cleared pores.