I decided to write this article on removing nose blackheads after seeing this viral video that is doing the rounds. It’s a guy who has a very peculiar technique on removing blackheads. Take a look below:
First things first
What you see in the video are not blackheads popping out. It is in fact “sebum” that pops out in the form of the tiny white snakes that you see in the video. If you have been searching for blackhead related information for some time you might have stumbled across the word “Comedo“. It is a term used to describe both black- and whiteheads. This is actually originally a Latin term and was used historically to describe parasitic worms. Hence the connection with the white snakes!
You need to know that your skin produces oil all the time. Some people produce more oil than others. This gives rise to different oily complexions in people. Now the oil that is produced by your skin is sometimes called sebum. The filament portion in your pores acts as a wick and allows this sebum to climb out of your pores and onto your skin. When you apply pressure to your skin, and especially your nose, the sebum in your pores can be forced up and out of your pores through the sebaceous filaments. Resulting in a nose filled with white spaghetti! Sorry for the imagery.
Difference between blackheads and sebaceous filaments
Most of the time when you think you are removing nose blackheads, you are actually pushing sebum out of your nose as described above. There is an easy way to tell the two of them apart however. Blackheads have, you guessed it, a black head.
Blackheads form when a pore gets clogged with dead skin cells, mixed in with sebum. Once this happens and the pore gets clogged then one of two things can happen. The pore can stay open or your skin reacts and grow a tiny skin layer over the clogged pore. If the pore is grown over then you develop a pimple, congratulations! However if the pore stays open then usually the top of this sebum and skin cell mixture oxidizes. This in turn turns the head black, resulting in a blackhead.
But my nose looks like it is covered in blackheads!?
Unfortunately sebaceous filaments are almost always very visible on your nose. So what can we do to make them appear less visible? Short answer – not a whole lot. However proper exfoliation and a clay mask every now and then can do wonders for your skin. Clay masks in general have excellent skin oil absorbing properties. As a result they can make your skin appear less oily, make the pores less filled with sebum and as a result make it look like the sebaceous filaments wouldn’t be there at all!
Sebum oil production can also be influences by face oils. These are specially developed oils that you apply to your skin. It sounds crazy that in your efforts to removing nose blackheads you would apply MORE oil to your skin. However the funny thing about nature is that it always aspires to balance. So if your skin notices that there already is oil available to make your skin more supple, your skin itself will produce less oil. why would it go through the effort if there is already oil available right?!
Different techniques to removing nose blackheads
Most of these techniques either rely on handling your oil production or then mechanically removing the blackheads from your nose.
Probably the most common one works by using a so-called comedo-extractor. This is an iron lancet-tool that is looped on one end. The lancet you use to get rid of possible whiteheads. You poke the thin skin layer first so you don’t have to apply that much pressure to get the gunk out afterwards.
They come in all shapes and sizes as you can see from the picture above. The way to properly use these tools is to select the right sized hole for the right sized pimple/blackhead. Then you simply place the loop over a blackhead or whitehead and with a scooping motion you’ll be successful in removing nose blackheads!
Below is a video showcasing more in detail how it is done properly. Note that before you start squeezing or pulling your skin to get any blackheads out, steam it first in order to make your skin that much more softer. By making it softer you won’t have to use nearly as much force as you would otherwise!
I’ve taken the liberty to gather on Amazon a few products that will get you removing nose blackheads in no-time! They include a facial steamer, comedo-extractor, a BHA cleanser and a toner. Feel free to check these out below.