How to remove blackheads from your nose

The best treatments for getting rid of blackheads

 What are blackheads?

Blackheads or open comedomes are clogged pores filled with bacteria, dead cells and oil (sebum) clumped together. When this mixture gets exposed to air it starts oxidizing. As it oxidizes, the color of the mixture will slowly turn darker until it's black. This is why a blackhead is not always black, they can also be yellow or light brown. Not to be confused with whiteheads.



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The best products to remove blackheads from your nose fast

It is important to remember that blackheads are not dirt and will not be removed by scrubbing harder. Physically scrubbing your face will only irritate it and create small wounds that causes acne and skin irritations. All of these treatments require little to no physical power, always treat  your facial skin gently.

There are a few easy ways to remove blackheads from your nose and face naturally and overnight without damaging your skin in the process. But be aware, there is no best black head remover. It is mostly a trial and error until you find the best product for your skin. So in fact there is a best way to get rid of blackheads for each person individually. You just have to figure out which one works  for you.

Before you begin searching for the best treatment, it is suggested you have a good cleanser and moisturizer compatible with your skin type. You will always have to cleanse and moisturize after each one of these remedies. Cleansing and moisturizing is called a basic skin care routine.

1.) Chemical Exfoliants to get rid of blackheads on nose

While physical exfoliants only stay at the top of your skin can cause irritation, chemical exfoliants are much safer and effective as they can penetrate the skin surface into the dermis. Chemical exfoliants are an integral part of your skincare routine.They improve the skin appearance and can repair some of hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. It also reduces the visibility of wrinkles and smoothens out the skin texture, giving you a healthy glow.

There are two different type of chemical exfoliants: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid(BHA).

Difference between AHA and BHA

Water solubleLipid soluble
Unglues dead skinDegunks pores
Great for dry skinGreat for oily skin
Humectant propertiesDrying
Improves collagen densityMildly anti-inflammatory
Low concentrations for PIHHigh concentrations for PIH
Best on Caucasian skin toneTolerated by all skin tones

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AHA's are better at penetrating the epidermis and will help moisturize because of its humectant properties. On the other hand, because BHA's are oil soluble, the salicylic acid can also go into the pores of deep blackheads.

If you have a dry skin, an AHA exfoliant might be more effective and reduce the visibility of your pores. But if you want to get rid of deep blackheads on your nose, a BHA is the better option. It is possible to use both, one in the morning and one in the evening. But make sure to apply sunscreen when using an AHA in the morning as it is photosensitizing and will increase the sun damage.

How to Chemical Exfoliate

  1. Wash your face with a cleanser
  2. Pat it dry with a soft towel
  3. Apply AHA/BHA exfoliant
  4. After 20 minutes moisturize your face

When choosing an exfoliant you only got three choices: Paula's Choice AHA exfoliant, BHA 2% salicylic acid exfoliant, and Stridex Maximum Strength. While I have never had problems with Stridex, it can be very drying and has a fragrance that could irritate sensitive skin. Using one of these daily has made my skin silky smooth with a healthy glow and no visible pores.

2.) Facial Steaming to get rid of blackheads on nose

Facial Steaming is a quick and easy natural home remedy to remove blackheads from nose. It will soften tand increase the permeation of the skin, making it more effective for exfoliation and any cream you put on your face afterwards. While you can do facial steaming without any equipment, I do advise you to use a steamer like the KINGA Nano Ionic NanoCare as the water will be at the perfect temperature for maximum efficiency. It will also prevent you from getting burned.

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It should not be done more than once or twice a week as it could have negative effects on the epidermis.

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How to do a steam facial

  1. To clear blackheads with a steam facial, heat up the water til boiling point.
  2. Put the towel over your head and stay under it for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Afterwards use the soft towel to dry your face.
  4. Make sure you never do facial steaming while the water is still on the fire as it could cause burns to the skin.

3.) Mint Julep Mask to get rid of blackheads on nose

The mint julep mask is the holy grail for many people, the best blackhead removal mask. It will absorb the excess of oils similar to the OCM and will remove blackheads on your nose overnight while reduce the appearance of the pores.

How to apply Mint Julep Face Mask

  1. Apply mask to a clean face and let it harden for a couple of minutes (10-15). It will unclog the pores and remove other impurities from your skin.
  2. You can wipe it off  with a lukewarm washcloth.
  3. The previously mentioned OCM can also be used to wipe off the mask.

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4.) Clay Masks to get rid of blackheads on nose

A pore cleansing clay mask to draw out the deep blackheads and refresh your facial skin. It has been used for over thousand years and suggested to be the best way to treat blackheads. My favorite clay mask is the Aztec Secret Indian clay mask, I've been using it for a long time now with no negative effects. I tried out others, but this aztec clay mask gave me the best results.

The clay in the masks literally rips open and pulls out any bacteria it comes in contact with. Which will result in a smooth and refreshing feeling and get rid of all the blackheads on your nose, cheek, back, on lips and around them.

How to apply Clay Mask

  1. Apply mask to a clean skin and let it harden for a few minutes
  2. Do the touch test and when it starts feeling dry but still a bit sticky take it off
  3. Wipe it off with a lukewarm washcloth

When the mask is left on your face for too long it will suck all the moisture out of your skin resulting in a dry and tight face.

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5.) Oil Cleansing Method to get rid of blackheads on nose

The sebaceous gland overproducing sebum is one of the main causes for blackheads. Using the oil cleansing method will pull out all this sebum produced by the gland, and with it the bacteria and dead skin cells it covers.

What do we need?

Almost any kind of natural oil will do as long as it is cosmetic or food grade and non comodogenic. (avoid laxative grade).

Here are some popular choices:

+ The best non comedogenic oils to start with is Mineral Oil, it is non comedogenic, inert and it is not very hard to find as it's the main ingredient in baby oil. Do be careful with the extra fragrances added in certain baby oils as they can be irritating to certain people.

+ A very efficient but also comedogenic lipid is coconut oil. It is not guaranteed to break you out, but has a higher chance.

+ Castor oil is a becoming increasingly popular because of its antibacterial properties which can help fight acne aswell. It is a very drying oil so it's advised to dilute it in a carrier oil.

+ Recently I have started diluting some extra Jojoba Oil in my other oils and have gotten great results so far.

The list goes on, any oil that is food or cosmetic graded can be used to get rid of blackheads on nose.

How to OCM

  1. Do NOT wet face
  2. Apply the chosen oil to your face
  3. Rub it in softly for about 30-60 seconds
  4. Gaze upon all the grit in your hands
  5. Wipe everything off with a washcloth and lukewarm water

Certain oils will take out blackheads for some people, while others will break out from them. The key to Oil Cleansing is to try out different oils until you find one that works, start with oils that are non comodogenic if you are uncertain.

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6.) Egg White Face Mask to get rid of blackheads

Egg white is a great DIY natural face mask to not only unclog your open pores, but also tighten them temporarily afterwards. Resulting in great short term success without too many side-effects. The keep your pores tight, you will have to use the mask approximately 3 times a week. You can also combine it with an AHA exfoliant to have longer lasting effect. Egg white can be drying, so do not use this every day. If you want to see the effects of an egg white face mask without making your hands dirty, you can also get a premade mask.

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To use an egg white mask you require an egg, a bowl and some toilet paper or a tissue. Break it and let the egg white drop into a bowl.

How to apply Egg White Facial Mask

  1. Apply the egg white on your face
  2. Put some toilet paper or tissue on top of it and let it dry
  3. Apply a second layer and another tissue
  4. Repeat this until you run out of egg white
  5. Wash it all off with a facecloth and cleanser

Make sure when you are done, just like with other home remedies, to wash everything off, eggs are known to contain the bacterium called salmonella. It is a food poisoning and is able to breed on your skin if left on for a long time.

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What causes blackheads?

The two main causes for clogged pores are the abundance of oil and the size of your pores.

Oil or sebum is produced by the sebaceous gland for protection of your skin.  The amount of sebum produced is influenced by your hormones. An overproduction of sebum can cause the sebaceous gland duct to become blocked. While cleansers are very effective against acne, they cannot help you much with an overproduction of oil.

The size of your pores is the other direct cause for the clogging. While everyone is born with different sizes of pores, it can also be influenced badly by certain blackhead removal products. The two most common culprits are the extractor tool and pore strips. While both can give you good results on short time, they will increase the rate dirt & bacteria gathers in your pores.

While those are the main causes to get dirt and bacteria in your pores on nose, there are a few smaller and indirect causes. Changing or stopping these can also have positive effects to get rid of blackheads on nose.

Oil CleansingExfoliationFacial MaskBenzoyl Peroxide
deep oil cleansingbha chemical exfoliationmint julep facial maskbenzoyl peroxide for blackheads
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Make-up & Skincare products

Certain make-up & skincare products are comedogenic, this means they contain an ingredient able to clog your pores. If you keep having blackheads, try to stop using those brands for a period of time and see if your skin improves.


Medication is able to give you acne & deep blackheads fast, if you are under medication read the accompanying paper instructions, ask your doctor, or try to search it on the internet.

Food & Drinks

While there is a lot of controversy around it, certain food & drinks can be a potential cause for you having to get rid of blackheads. It is said alcohol and caffeine stimulate your sebaceous gland, increasing the production of sebum.  The same can be said about food containing a high amount of carbohydrates, but the results of the studies are inconclusive. Even though the results are inconclusive, it is best to lower your alcohol and caffeine consumption for other health related matters.


We all know smoking is bad for your health and can cause lung cancer and potentially other diseases. The smoke is also blocking your pores and damaging your skin. Avoid them not only for your health, but also for your skin!


Going out for a run? Make sure to get all that sweat off if you don't shower directly after. Sweat clogs pores, even on your ears! If you'd like to read more about how to prevent getting clogged pores in your ears, I suggest you read my Blackheads in ear blogpost

How to prevent blackheads

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent blackheads from getting on your face. There is a way to minimize the chance of them appearing. The first thing you should do is throw out all the extractor tools and pore strips as they will only make the clogged pores return in greater numbers.

The second thing you should to for prevention is to reduce the chance of indirect causes being the culprits.

The most important for last, have a proper skincare routine. I have noticed great differences in acne & open comedomes by just changing my moisturizer or cleanser.

A basic skincare routine

Before you start using any of the methods listed beneath you should know that they won't have long lasting effects if you arn't using at least a basic skincare routine. It is really simple at will only cost you 10 minutes of your day.


The first thing you are going to do every morning is splash your face with water and apply a dermatologist accepted cleanser. I will list a few suggestions that I personally approve beneath.

The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is one of the most suggested cleansers for oily skin on online fora. I still use it sometimes when I'm not testing out new products for blackheads.

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We also got the Cetaphil Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin. If I'm not using CeraVe and am not testing out new products, you can probably find a bottle of this in my bathroom. It's a great cleanser but can be harsh if you have dry skin.

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After cleansing your face with one of the previously mentioned cleansers, or if you already have another favorite, it is time to re-hydrate that skin of yours. Picking a proper moisturizer is really important in combating blackheads. I've noticed by just changing my moisturizer, my chances of getting clogged pores increased a tenfold. One thing you should always look at when buying a moisturizer is that it is non-comodogenic. Now let me list my favorite few.

moisturizer skincareAgain we go back to CeraVe, the CeraVe Facial Lotion is just great.  This product is simply amazing. It contains no alcohol or fragrances and is a great face moisturizer for oily skin.

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The Soft Moisturizing Cream with Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E from Nivea has made my skin silky smooth. It's  one of the best face moisturizer for dry skin.

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Once you've gotten a moisturizer and a cleanser, you will notice the effect of any black head removal method will stay for much longer or even permanent.


So how to get rid of clogged pores on nose? Well, there is no best blackhead treatment, but there are a bunch of products and home remedies that could help you. The road to a glowing skin is not a straight line, there are bumps that you will have to surpass. Keep looking until you find the product that works best for you without side effects. If you are still wondering: How do I get rid of blackheads on my nose for good? Keep a good skincare routine and they will stay away.

Written by Skincare Advice
Last updated: 01/22/2016

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