How can i remove those pesky little dots on my nose? It makes my nose look like a strawberry! Why can’t it just go away? Chances are, you’ve probably asked yourself some of these questions at least once, upon seeing your dotted nose in the mirror.
Clogged pores, also called “comedones” are an inevitable nuisance for almost everyone. Only rare individuals with perfect skin are spared from this. The nose, particularly, is an area where clogged pores can be noticed easily, and we’ve all wondered how to get rid of them at some point in our lives.
So why does it happen? According to Dr. Mehmet Oz this happens because the oil produced by the skin, also known as sebum, acts like a glue, binding dead cells, which in turn clogs your pores.
Truth be told, there are no simple, easy ways to get rid of clogged pores on your nose. But as with any process that takes effort, the satisfaction from the results, far outweighs the trouble of getting there.
The satisfaction i received when i successfully got rid of them, made me write this article. I’ve made it my mission to help anyone suffering from this problem, as i know how this can affect your overall image. So here is an easy to follow tutorial for clogged pores removal. The end result will leave you with a silky smooth nose, and will give you a confidence boost.
What you will need to follow this tutorial?
- Facial cleanser (exfoliator) (Tip: aspirin pills, dissolved and crushed with a few drops of warm water can be used as a cheaper substitution for this. Of course, not safe for people allergic to aspirin).
- Steamer (If you are on a tight budget, you can use a larger towel and a pot with boiling water, as an alternative).
- Comedone extractor
- Cotton balls
There is a simple, and possibly cheaper alternative to this, in the form of a strange mix of school glue and activated charcoal.
According to this dailymail article an instagram user suggested this method as an effective way to unclog pores.
You will need:
- Activated charcoal pills
- Non-toxic school glue
- A brush
Beware, though, as people with sensitive skin shouldn’t resort to this method, as long-term effects of applying glue on your skin are not fully known. It is also slightly less effective than the first method. Because of these reasons, i would only recommend this if you absolutely can’t gather everything you need for the first method.
Step by step instructions:
Step one: Clean your face thoroughly
This is the first and most important step as your face needs to be completely clean for the whole process to be successful.
- Wash your face with warm water
- Clean your face with an exfoliator. Alternatively, you can use a combination of crushed aspirin and warm water, as mentioned.
- Wash out with warm water again
Step two: Open up pores using steam
It’s important to remember that your face needs to be fully clean before this step. Makeup should be removed too. As explained by this wikihow article makeup can even further clog your pores.
- Boil a pot of water
- Pour boiled water in a bowl, and optionally throw in a bag of tea or aromatic oils as well. This means it will double as aromatherapy.
- Place your face over the bowl, covering your head with a towel.
- Wait for 5-10 minutes, and you’re all set for the next step.
Alternatively, if you have a steamer, specifically for this purpose, you can use this, as it is a simpler and faster solution.
Step three: Unclog pores with a comedone extractor
Beware as this step might be a little painful, but i promise the result is worth it.
- Clean the comedone extractor, first using boiling water, and then with medicinal alcohol too. It needs to be fully disinfected.
- Bring the extractor to your nose, and press hard until you see the gunk come out of the pores.
- Repeat this step until you cover the entire area of your nose, and clean every pore.
Step four: Apply toner to your face
The final step is to simply apply toner to your face, gently rubbing it in with a cotton ball. Wait for the toner to soak in, and you will get amazing results.
Your nose might seem a little red and irritated at first, but just give it time, and i promise you will get silky smooth, clean skin that you will be proud of.
All of the steps can be seen in this excellent youtube tutorial video by the Acne Channel. Be careful though, as the content is slightly graphic and you should skip it if you have a queasy stomach.
Alternative: DIY charcoal mask
Charcoal masks are steadily becoming an incredibly popular trend, due to their effectiveness in unclogging pores. However, those masks can reach astronomical prices, so here’s a do it yourself version of this, made using non-toxic glue and activated charcoal.
Step one: Mix the mask
Simply mix a couple of charcoal pills together with safe, school glue of your choice. According to this tutorial by Nadia from Body Unburdened, regular charcoal cannot be used for this purpose, as only activated charcoal has the needed properties. Be careful not to use a metal spoon, as activated charcoal can extract toxins from metal.
Step two: Apply the mask with a brush
Use a brush to evenly apply the mixture to your nose and wait for it to dry off. The process of drying off should be fairly quick, maybe around 5 minutes.
Step three: Remove the mask
Gently remove the mask from your nose once it dries off. Some discomfort is normal, so do it in a slow and controlled manner. Once you remove it, you will clearly see all of the gunk from your pores on the dried off mask.
While this method is cheap and simple, be warned that sensitivity to this kind of DIY mask is possible, as this is not a product strictly made for cosmetic purposes. The effects of using glue on your face, even the weak, school glue, might not be so good for your skin, so i would recommend this only as an alternative.
If you can, use the first method as it is 100% safe and effective.
The full video step by step guide for the charcoal mask alternative method can be seen on this excellent video by a famous youtuber, Nicole Skyes().
So there you have it: the simple solution to your blackheads, whiteheads, or any type of clogged pore problems. No matter what the reason for your nose cleaning initiative is, this comprehensive guide will help you to achieve your goal.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and please share it if you have. Let’s help other people with this problem to get their solution as well.
Your satisfaction is very important to me, so let me know in the comments section if this tutorial was helpful to you. As i’ve mentioned my goal is to help everyone with this problem, and to let people feel the satisfaction of having a clean, smooth nose.