How to remove whiteheads on your nose

When pores become clogged with oil, dead skin and bacteria, whiteheads can form. Whiteheads are white bumps on the skin. The nose contains many oil glands and is a common spot for whiteheads to develop. It’s possible to loosen whiteheads with steam, cleanser or nose strips, but most whiteheads have to disappear on their own. Using acne medication speeds up the process by soaking into the skin and killing bacteria inside the whitehead.

Set up a steamer. Turn it on. Sit by the steamer, face pointing to the steam. Sit in the steam for 10 minutes. Turn off the steamer. If you start to feel lightheaded from the heat, turn off the steamer and leave the room.

Wash your hands with oil-free soap. Dry.

Wet your nose with lukewarm water. Apply a pea-sized drop of oil-free facial cleanser to your index fingertip.

Massage the soap into the skin on your nose. Do not forget to cleanse the sides of your nose. Rinse with water. Pat dry with a towel.

Apply a nose strip over your nose. Leave it on your nose for up to five minutes. Read the instructions on the packaging for the exact time.

Remove the nose strip.

Rinse your nose with lukewarm water to remove any whiteheads that loosen.

Apply acne medication to your fingertip and massage into the skin on your nose.


Do not squeeze whiteheads. It can cause scars or more whiteheads to develop.

Things You'll Need

  • Steamer
  • Oil-free hand soap
  • Towel
  • Facial cleanser
  • Nose strips
  • Acne medication
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Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.