You’ve had this problem since puberty, no matter which skin type group you belong to. Blackheads know no gender, race, nor age above 12.
Jokes aside, do you know how they develop? When oil gets trapped in the pores, and it’s exposed to air, it oxidizes and turns black. While it can happen to any type of skin, oily skin is more prone to blackheads. They are removed by extraction, or facial masks.
Let’s see extraction first:
Use a cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, oil or whatever you have on, and wash with the hottest water you can tolerate. This will open the pores.
Rub a thick coat of moisturizer over the nose. It will temporarily seal the heat.
Place a small strip of plastic wrap over your nose (don’t cover your nostrils, though!). Soak and wring well two washcloths in hot water. Place them on top of the plastic wrap and leave them on for 5 minutes. The heat from the washcloths will help to soften the oil and debris in your pores, making extraction easier.
You’ll need a tissue on each index finger. Place each wrapped finger at the very bottom part of the blackhead. Your fingers should be close to the blackhead, but not so much that they’re actually touching it. Extract the blackhead from the root, by starting at the bottom.
Squeeze the skin with your two index fingers until the blackhead pops. Move your fingers back and forth in a gentle rocking motion to dislodge the debris. If the blackhead doesn’t pop after a few attempts, wipe the area with an antiseptic wipe and leave it be until the next day and try again.
Clean with antiseptic. Extracting blackheads can be traumatic to the skin, so this step is very important to prevent scaring.
Now, let’s see what can be done with facial masks.
Crack an egg, separate the yolk from the white and put the white in a smaller bowl. Blend it with a fork until frothy. Apply smoothly on your nose. After it’s been on for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.
You’ll need an egg white for this as well. Put it in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of cornmeal and just a little bit warm water. Stir well and massage the mixture on your nose. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with a washcloth.
Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 teaspoon warm water. Massage the baking soda paste onto your nose. Wait 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Things You’ll Need
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking soda