How to use nose strips to remove blackheads

Blackheads are a common problem for chronic acne sufferers. Blackheads are actually plugs that block the pores on the skin. The tip of the plugs turns black once the pores are clogged, hence the name blackheads. One of the popular ways to remove these clogs are nose strips. Follow these helpful tips.

Wash your face. Before you use the nose strips, you will want to wash your face to remove any dirt that may get in the way of the process. Use a mild face wash (not regular hand soap) to wash your face. Use warm water and gently scrub your face with the product and rinse.

Cut the strips to size. Since everyone's nose is a little different, you will need to cut the strips to a size that will fit on your nose without running onto your cheek. Some nose strips have tabs that you can rip off, others you will need to cut with a pair of scissors.

Wet your nose. Before applying the strips you will need to get your nose wet. It does not have to be saturated, just damp.

Apply to the nose. With the sticky side town, apply the nose strips to your damp nose. Be sure that they are a snug fit against your nose with no bubbles or overlaps.

Dampen the nose strips. Take a warm wet cloth and lightly blot the nose strips until they are damped but not soaked. Let the nose strips sit on your face for at least 10 minutes. Do not play with or move the nose strips once they are applied.

Remove the nose strip. Once the nose strip has dried and hardened, remove it from your skin. The blackheads should come out and be attached to the paper. You will be able to visually see the blackheads on the strip.

Wash your face. Nose strips can leave some residue on the face. Using the same face wash as before, gently cleanse your face paying special attention to the treated area.


Some nose strips may require more than 10 minutes to set. Read the box of your specific brand of strip for more specific instruction on time lengths.

Things You'll Need

  • Blackhead nose strips
  • Face wash
  • Scissors
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Chris Sherwood is a professional journalist who after years in the health administration field and writing health and wellness articles turned towards organic sustainable gardening and food education. He now owns and operates an organic-method small farm focusing his research and writing on both organic gardening methods and hydroponics.