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15 highly effective natural ways to get rid of blackheads on nose in 2016

15 highly effective natural ways to get rid of blackheads on nose in 2016

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads can be best described as small bumps that appear on the skin due to clogged hair follicles. The human skin has hair follicles, and each hair follicle has a sebaceous gland that produces sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that protects the skin by keeping it hydrated and lubricated. Sometimes, the sebaceous glands produce a lot of sebum. When the excessive sebum clumps up with the shed cells from the skin, they form plugs called comedones. These comedones block the hair follicles and may be open or closed. Open comedones are what form blackheads. Sebum has a skin pigment called melanin, which when exposed to air oxidizes and turns black, therefore the black color of the blackheads.

Blackheads are a mild category of acne. They mostly appear on teenagers going through puberty because their bodies produce a lot of hormones that trigger the skin oil glands, causing excessive oil production. Blackheads may appear anywhere on the skin that the hair follicle is present. However, they mostly form on the face, and can also develop on the chest, back, shoulders and even arms. Blackheads are not as a result of a bacterial infection like in the case of pimples. Therefore they are not painful or inflamed.


What causes Blackheads?

Hormonal changes Hormonal imbalance within the body is one of the leading causes of blackhead formation on the nose. DHT also known as Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce too much oil: sebum. The more the oil produced, the higher the chances of hair follicle openings getting clogged resulting in blackheads

Hormonal imbalance is much more likely to affect teenagers but there is also a window period in the late 20s when there is an overproduction of DHT

Skin products Skin products are another major culprit when it comes to formation of blackheads, especially on the nose. Face creams have the benefit of hydrating the skin but as a norm, usually end up adding up more pore-clogging oil leading to formation of blackheads

Makeup, facial creams and powders also have the capacity of clogging follicle openings bringing about blackheads

Stress Stress tends to bring about hormonal imbalance within the human body. This coupled with the fact that most individuals experiencing stress tend to neglect the most essential aspects of personal grooming will ultimately result with formation of blackheads, particularly on the nose

Caffeine and alcohol use Studies have indicated that alcohol and caffeine also contribute to the formation of blackheads. Caffeine tends to give the oil glands within your skin a kick-start making them overproduce sebum. Alcohol on its part affects sleep while at the same time seriously constricts the skin pores. The end result will ultimately be formation of blackheads

Smoking Cigarette smoke has thousands of chemicals that can cause extensive damage to the surface of the skin bring about damaged skin and dead cells that bring about clogged pores

Diet There is a big link between diet and blackheads. As a norm, there are certain classes of food that have a detrimental effect on your skin. For instance, fried, sugary and carbohydrate-packed foods are some of the major culprits when it comes blackheads and should be avoided at all costs.

Sweat Excessive sweat has the capacity to clog up your pores resulting in blackheads, especially on the nose. As such, ensure you thoroughly wash your face after an intense session at the gym to eliminate the chances of your pores getting clogged up and most importantly, no makeup if you know you are going to sweat a lot

Drugs Certain drugs such as lithium based drugs have the capacity to bring hormonal changes that often result in blackheads particularly on the nose. Androgens and corticosteroids are also other classes of drugs that bring about the same effect

So how to get rid of blackheads on nose? Here we listed

15 Effective Natural Remedies that will help you Get Rid of Blackheads on Nose

1) Clay Masks

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Facial masks made of clay are useful in cleaning, detoxifying and regenerating worn out facial tissues. They can be personalized depending on the skin type to get the maximum benefits. For this mask you will need:

What you need:

• 2 tablespoons Bentonite clay.

• Water to hydrate the clay

• 1 tablespoon Honey.

• 1 tablespoon  Rose water (optional). Suitable for any skin. An antibacterial with healing and hydrating properties

How to do it

Put 1 tablespoon of the clay in a shallow plastic bowl.

Add water to the desired consistency.

Keep extra ingredients to add in case you do not get the consistency right. If made to be too thin, it will not sit well on the face. A thick consistency will use more products and will take longer in drying. Add honey and the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Clean your face, then use a brush to spread it lightly over the nose.

The mask can be applied to the face and neck areas. Let it dry out, but do not allow it to become flaky before you clean it off using a towel dipped in warm water. The mask can be applied up to three times a week for best results.


2) Water and Baking Soda

Baking soda is used as a cleansing agent that unclogs the pores and removes any dead skin and impurities that may be stuck there. It is a base and reduces oil on the skin.

What you need:

• One tsp baking soda

• Water

• Oats or sugar (optional).

Can act as a scrub when rubbing in the baking soda.

How to do it

Mix the baking soda and water in a shallow bowl to form a thick paste. Wash and cleanse your skin and apply the paste when the skin is still damp. Apply gently in small circles so as not to bruise the skin. Massage for 3- 5 minutes to loosen the blackheads and dirt. Rinse off the face using cold water and pat the face dry. It can be applied daily if the blackheads are severe. If used daily, omit the sugar and oats from the mask.

3) Egg and Honey

Honey is antimicrobial, and it removes any impurities obstructing the pores that form blackheads. Eggs make the skin firm, and tight, and they remove and protect the skin from blackheads in the future.

What you need:

• One egg white. Break an egg over a bowl and remove the yolk.

• One tbs of honey.

• Cinnamon (optional). Cinnamon gives the skin a healthy glow by improving blood circulation.

• One tsp lemon (optional). An antiseptic that brightens the skin.

How to do it:

Mix the ingredients in a shallow bowl until they mix thoroughly, and the egg white becomes fluffy. The honey may have to be heated in a water bath to get it flowing before mixing. Clean your face and apply the mixture on damp skin. Allow it to stand for up to 10 minutes before rinsing your face. It can be applied daily, but the lemon should be used sparingly since it is acidic.


4) Oatmeal and yoghurt


Mixture of oatmeal and yoghurt has been found to be an effective treatment for blackheads and helps rejuvenate your skin. Yoghurt acts as an anti-fungal, antibacterial, skin softener and cleansing agent. It helps lighten age spots, restore skin natural balance, and treat sunburn, acne and eczema. Oatmeal not only removes blackheads on your skin but also whiteheads, chicken pox, eczema, sunburn as well as treatment of acne, itchy skin and skin irritations largely due to its cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties.

What you need:

2 tablespoons Oatmeal

3 tablespoons Natural Yogurt

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

Small Bowl

Spoon or Spatula

How to do it:

In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of and 3 tablespoons of yoghurt, and then mix them well

Add a tablespoon/two of olive oil and few drops of lemon juice. Mix well

Apply the mixture on the blackheads on your nose. Leave it there for some minutes to dry

Rinse the mask off with clean water

Repeat this procedure at least 3 times a week for fast removal of blackheads


5) Cinnamon and Honey Strips

Cinnamon also termed as a “natural healer” helps in improving blood circulation, making your skin glow and look healthy and smooth. Honey contains antibacterial properties that help in getting rid of bacteria away. It also acts like an adhesive that can remove anything in your skin pores. Mixture of Cinnamon and honey makes a delicious candy as well as an effective solution to all blackhead problems, hence good for your skin.

What you need:

1 tablespoon Honey

1 teaspoon Cinnamon


Strip of cloth


How to do it:

Mix some cinnamon powder with pure organic honey in a small bowl. Make enough paste to cover the affected area

Apply a small amount of the cinnamon & honey mixture on the blackheads

Cover this paste with a small strip of dry and clean cloth. Pat it and make sure that it sticks firmly onto the paste

Leave the paste on the blackhead for 5 minutes. Remove the strip carefully, and then wash your face with warm water

Always remember to moisturize your skin

Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week to reduce the blackheads on your nose


6) Milk and Honey


Milk and honey are always good for healthy skin. Milk contains lactic acid that helps in keeping the skin smooth and soft. Additionally, honey contains essential antibacterial properties. What you need to do here is mix honey and milk well to form an adhesive or paste.

What you need:

1 tablespoon Honey

1 teaspoon Cold milk




Cotton cloth

How to do it:

In a microwave safe bowl, add 1 tablespoon of pure and organic honey and 1 teaspoon of cold milk. Mix it well

Microwave the mixture in the bowl for 1 to 2 minutes and then mix the contents once more

At room temperature, add a small amount of the mixture on the blackheads on your nose

Take a strip of clean and dry cotton cloth and then pat it on the layer of milk and honey mixture

Ensure that the strip sticks on the mixture firmly. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes

Now slowly peel the strip away and then rinse your nose using cold water. Remember to apply moisturizer on it

Repeat this process 3 times a week to get rid of the blackheads on your nose in one month


7) Chemical Exfoliants

One effective and safe way to remove blackheads from nose without causing a lot of damage is by using chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants can repair hyperpigmentation normally caused by sun damage and improve your skin appearance. It also helps in smoothing the skin texture and reducing wrinkles, giving you a glowing and healthy skin.

What you need:

Chemical exfoliants from a drug store or prescribed by a dermatologist

How to do it:

If you cannot make your own physical exfoliants at home, find exfoliating products at local drugstores and beauty supply. Physical exfoliators are also incredibly gentle and great on your skin and the best ingredients include baking soda, cornmeal (helps moisturize) and oatmeal (helps soften skin). Natural physical exfoliants, such as calendula flowers, ground sunflower seeds, ground flaxseeds and coffee grounds are also great for getting rid of blackheads

Exfoliating your skin if you have sensitive or dry skin, exfoliate only once a week. If you have combination or oily skin, you need to exfoliate 3 to 5 time a week. It is okay to exfoliate normal skin daily

Remember to exfoliate gently and avoid overdoing it, preventing further problems resulting from irritating your skin


8) Lemon Juice


Lemon juice contains citric acid which functions as a natural substance to remove blackheads or dead skin and shrink clogged pores. This juice is also rich in vitamin C which enhances collagen production to reduce acne scarring and improve skin health. You can also use diluted lemon juice if you have sensitive skin to close the pores and temporarily lighten your skin.

What you need:

1 or 2 lemons

Cotton ball


Ceramic or glass bowl

How to do it:

Wash your face clean and then pat it dry.

Squeeze 1 or 2 lemons in a bowl to extract the juice

Using a cotton ball, apply the lemon juice on the affected areas on your face and nose and leave it to dry for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm water or apply it at bedtime as an overnight treatment and rinse it off in the morning

After rinsing your face, pat it dry and then apply moisturizer

Repeat this process 3 or 4 times a week to remove blackheads from nose


9) Mint and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

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The mixture of mint leaves and apple cider vinegar can make a good skin toner. The apple cider vinegar helps in eliminating the things that cause the blackheads on face and nose whereas the mint provides the cooling and soothing effect to the skin. Additionally, mint contains menthol that reduces the inflammation sited around the blackheads.

What you need:

Apple cider vinegar

Mint leaves

Clean bottle


Clean cotton balls


How to do it:

In a bottle, add apple cider vinegar and mint leaves. Keep the bottle in a cool dark place for a week

Strain the liquid and add a glass of water to it

Store the liquid mixture in a refrigerator for six days

Clean your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry. Apply this liquid on the blackheads on your face or nose using clean cotton balls

Leave the toner on your blackheads as an overnight treatment and rinse it off the next day morning. Remember to apply moisturizer

Apply the mixture every night to effectively remove blackheads in 3 to 4 weeks time


10) Facial Steaming

Facial steaming is a method that acknowledges that steam helps relax and open skin pores. Therefore it’s easier to clean the pores. When you do your research you’ll discover that there are several ways to achieve facial steaming. However, in this article I discuss ‘the steam and towel’ method because it is easily done at home.

What you need:

a towel,
facial cleanser,
a medium sized bowl and
hot water.

How to do it:

First before facial steaming, wash your face thoroughly using the facial cleanser and room temperature water. Washing is important to get rid of make up or any other particles present on the skin. Proceed to put your hot water in the bowl. Ensure the water is hot enough to produce steam. Put the towel over your head and lean close towards the bowl, let the loose ends of the towel spread around the brim of the bowl . Steam your face for 5-10 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water to remove the black heads and close the pores. Carry out facial steaming twice a week.

11) Cleansing Sugar Scrub

Using a sugar scrub is one of the best ways to get rid of blackheads. Containing brown honey and sugar, a sugar scrub suits all types of skin and is safe for those with sensitive skin. It exfoliates the skin, acts as an antiseptic and moisturizes the skin.

What you need:

-1 table spoon of brown sugar and
-1 tea spoon of honey.

How to do it:

Mix the brown sugar and honey in a bowl to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face in circular motions. Avoid the eyes and mouth. Scrub your face for five minutes. The sugar deep cleanses the skin while the honey sticks to the black heads and removes them from the pores. Finally rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel.

12) Green Tea Face Mask

Green tea is useful not only for weight loss, but also eliminating blackheads too. Green tea contains nutrients and anti-oxidants that are effective in deep cleansing and reviving pores, while removing blackheads.

What you need:

-lose green tea leaves,
-3/4 cup of water,
– 3 table spoons of brown sugar and
-1 table spoon of lemon juice.

How to do it:

Mix the green tea with 1 table spoon of sugar and 1/2 of the lemon juice. Add the water to the mixture and heat the tea. Then leave the tea to cool and add the rest of the sugar and lemon juice to it and mix. Apply the resulting mask on your face paying more attention to the blackheads on nose. Stay with the mask on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Finally rinse with cold water to close the pores. Dry your face with a clean towel.

The best thing about all these remedies is that they can easily be done at home.

13) Orange Peel Face Scrub


Orange peel contains Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium. These nutrients act as a barrier to free radicals, antioxidant for skin, hydrate, and renew damaged or worn-out cells to prevent dry, flaky, itchy skin.

What you need:

2 teaspoons Powdered Orange Peel (Make by allowing organic orange peels that have had the white removed to dry and then blend in a blender until it is powder.)

1 teaspoon Oatmeal

1 teaspoon Baking Soda


How to do it:

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then gradually add in just enough water to create a thick paste. Once the paste has been mixed spread a thick layer of the mixture to your face using clean finger tips in a soft circular massage motion. Let dry for fifteen minutes and then rinse off completely using cold water.


14) Crushed Almond Face Mask

Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E which is known for its rejuvenating and nourishing benefits to the skin whether you are eating them or using them in a scrub or mask. They also make a great gentle exfoliating agent when used in masks and scrubs. Combining almonds and honey to use as a face mask cleans skin from impurities and leaves it with a naturally healthy glow.

What you need:

1 teaspoon Honey

1 Tablespoon Finely Ground Almonds


How to do it:

Warm honey until it melts in a small bowl set inside of another small bowl filled with very hot water. Once the honey has melted mix the ground almonds into the honey gradually, and if needed just enough water to create a thick, but spreadable paste. Apply the almond honey mask to a clean face immediately so that the honey does not begin to re-thicken too soon. Let the mask dry for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse off completely using warm water.

15) Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek has been used in Indian cuisine and beauty regimens for hundreds of years. Its excellent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants make it a great ingredient for face masks.

What you need:

1 teaspoon Ground Fenugreek (You can also grind your own using Fenugreek Seeds)

Distilled Water, or Whole Milk, or Plain Yogurt

How to do it:

Mix the ground fenugreek with your choice of liquid from the selection above. You want to use just enough liquid to create an applesauce consistency paste. Apply the mixture to those areas of the face that are prone to blackheads and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse completely with warm water and then finish with a splash of cold water for a tingly refreshing effect.


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