If you are one of those unfortunate people with acne problems, then you probably know about blackheads or comedones. These minuscule things have a great potential of ruining your entire look. Although, you may think that they are tiny and only visible to you, they can grow pretty rapidly to cover your entire nose.
Most people with blackheads try popping, squeezing, scrubbing, scratching and torturing their nose in every way, only to find that they keep coming back in no time. They won't go away completely and permanently, unless the underlying cause is treated. Hence, you must first understand what are blackheads and what causes them in the first place.
Nose lies in the middle of the T-Zone where there are maximum oil glands. Naturally, the activity of these glands results in over-secretion of oil on and around the nose. This oil, along with dead skin cells, gets blocked in the open pores of the skin on the surface of the nose.
Since, we expose our face to various kinds of pollutants, the oil gets oxidized when it comes in contact with the air. As a result, we notice a grayish black formation on our nose, called blackhead. Although, blackheads on chin and nose are pretty common for all skin types, people with oily, acne prone skin are affected the most.
Besides the over secretion of oil glands, blackheads are often an indication of a congested liver or hormonal imbalance. Thus, a liver flush or a liver cleansing diet helps a great deal in treating them.
However, do not expect miraculous effects overnight, as it may take quite a few days for the blackheads to vanish completely. Similarly, treating the hormonal imbalance in the body can also help. In either case, you need to consult your physician to diagnose the exact cause.
There are certain home remedies which may help you to get rid of blackheads on the nose, temporarily. However, you'll have to use them consistently for a lasting effect
- Take a steam bath to open the pores on the skin. Gently rub the blackheads with a towel. You'll see them coming off smoothly. However, do not forget to close the pores by rubbing a cube of ice on the nose.
- Make a paste of oatmeal and almonds and apply on the nose. Scrub it off after 15 minutes, when it dries completely.
- Crush some neem leaves to extract juice and add a pinch of turmeric to it. Apply this mixture on blackheads or even acne, to reduce their occurrence.
- Apply warm honey on the blackhead affected area and rinse it off after some time.
- Make a scrub of salt, sugar and lime juice and rub it gently on the blackheads.
- Washing your face frequently also helps.
Occurrence of blackheads is not a serious medical condition and can be easily cured with proper hygiene and diet. The only way to keep all the skin diseases at bay, is by practicing cleanliness and proper hygiene.
Topical solutions can only relieve you temporarily, but it is only through proper diet and exercise that you can achieve a truly healthy and blackheads free skin.