How to Get Rid of Nose Blackheads

Updated April 17, 2017

Nose blackheads can be a nuisance, especially when you have a hot date. It's best to follow a healthy diet and regular cleansing regime to get rid of blackheads, but if you're in a hurry, you may need to take matters into your own hands.

Take a hot shower to open pores and soften the blackheads.

Wrap your hair in a towel if it's long or pull it back from your face with a rubber band.

Heat water in a pan on the stove until it boils.

Turn off the burner and stand over the water, allowing steam from the pan to cover your face. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Sit for at least five minutes and allow the steam to open your pores.

Cleanse your face with warm water and pat dry.

Smooth a clay facial masque on your nose and allow it to dry. Rinse it off with warm water.

Use tape or blackhead-removal strips to remove any remaining blackheads.

Purchase a blackhead extractor from a beauty supply store to remove the blackheads without damaging surrounding skin.

After the extractions, apply astringent to your nose with a cotton ball.

Apply acne medication to problem areas.


Eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and avoid fried foods. Exercise several times a week for 30 minutes or more. Exercise helps balance hormones, which control oil production in your skin. Wash your face every day, at least once a day, with an oil-free cleanser. Use a clarifying masque two or three times a week to help curb breakouts.


Don't squeeze blackheads; this could cause an acne flareup or broken capillaries. Don't try to dry out your skin with harsh astringents or masques. This can cause your skin to overproduce oil and cause breakouts. If you continue to experience blackheads and breakouts, see a dermatologist.

Things You'll Need

  • Bath towel
  • Pan of boiling water
  • Clay facial masque
  • Astringent
  • Cotton ball
  • Acne medication
  • Tape or blackhead-remover strips
  • Blackhead-remover tube
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Lisa Weinstein is an award-winning, California-based journalist specializing in education. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications. She holds a California English teaching credential and uses her classroom experience to add depth to her writing.