When your bathroom mirror shows unsightly blackheads on your nose, you might be tempted to pick at them or go at your nose with your preferred toner. Before you do, consider other simple yet effective ways to treat blackheads.
Hopefully, these tips can help you if they do pop up someday, so read on!
Bring facial wipes to the gym
If you notice blackheads appearing after a workout, the combination of heat and sweatiness could be the culprit.
Sweating it out at the gym can cause your pores to clog up because of your sweat and dead skin cells. When dirt and oil oxidize in your pores, they can appear dark; hence, the term “blackheads” (when they aren’t really black).
So don’t forget to pack some facial wipes in your gym bag especially if you’re expecting to perspire heavily. Wiping excess sweat and sebum can help keep blackheads at bay especially if the gym is extra warm or humid.
Use a facial wash with salicylic acid
Our previous guide on how to exfoliate explains how a facial cleanser with salicylic acid can help prevent future breakouts, as it cleans your face. And while it might be tempting to use a scrub on your nose, remember that your skin there is thinner and could get easily irritated.
Salicylic acid also helps remove excess sebum on your face. So if you have a particularly oily nose, it’s a gentle and effective way to exfoliate it while keeping your pores oil-free.
A formulation of around 2% salicylic acid is safe to use every day. But if your nose is prone to getting blackheads, consider using a facial cleanser twice a day.
Consider using retinoids
Retinoids aren’t just effective at helping to get rid of forehead wrinkles. They’re also good at minimizing your pores while treating sun damage.
That’s what makes retinoids great anti-ageing ingredients for a range of skincare products. But you’ll be glad to know that they’re also effective at treating nose blackheads!
Applying retinoids can help stimulate proper cell function. The result is smaller-looking pores that don’t harbour bacteria and dead skin cells because retinoids can dissolve the keratin keeping them together like glue.
Don’t go out without sunblock
Your dermatologist constantly tells you never to skip the sunblock when you go out for several good reasons. The most important one is that it prevents serious sun damage on your skin, which can speed up wrinkling and give you unattractive dark spots.
Not wearing sunblock when you go out allows constant sun exposure to slow down collagen production in your skin. And who wants that?
But did you know that wearing sunscreen can also prevent blackheads from taking over your nose? Enlarged pores are an invitation for sweat and sebum to mix, thus causing unsightly black pinheads to appear on your skin.
While you’re at it, select a sunscreen type that contains Vitamin C or other free-radical-fighting ingredients to prevent breakouts.