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Blackheads are dark-coloured speckles that commonly appear on the face and nose. They are a mild form of acne that may affect your complexion. However, you can remove blackheads safely or even prevent their formation. Check out this article to learn more about the causes, symptoms and removal treatments for blackheads.

What Are Blackheads On Nose?

Blackheads are tiny, dark bumps on the skin that appear when the openings of hair follicles get clogged. These are prominently present in areas such as the nose (the most common), back, shoulders and chest. Blackheads contribute to the formation of acne and occur when dead skin cells, debris, and sebum get trapped in the pores. They appear black or dark in colour due to the oxidization of the melanin pigment present in the skin and not trapped dirt. If blackheads are not treated in time, the clogged pores can cause the formation of pimples leading to an acne breakout.

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What Causes Blackheads On Nose?

Here are the common causes of getting blackheads:

  • Excessive Sweat – Environments with high humidity lead to excessive sweating which causes an overproduction of oil leading to blackheads.
  • Genetic Predisposition – If one of your parents suffered from blackheads, then you are more prone to getting them as well.
  • Hormonal Changes – Hormonal changes during puberty trigger a spike in sebum production that commonly causes blackheads. This is primarily due to the androgen hormone that triggers the secretion of sebum in both girls and boys during adolescence. Also, hormonal changes during pregnancy, menstruation or due to birth control pills can also cause blackheads in women.
  • Medication – Certain medication that contains estrogen, testosterone, lithium, corticosteroids may cause blackheads as a side effect.
  • Skin Care Products – Skin care or makeup products that are comedogenic or those that block pores can cause With men, shaving or other activities that open hair follicles can lead to blackheads.
  • Stress – Stress can trigger the sebaceous glands to overproduce oil that eventually leads to the presence of blackheads.
  • Smoking – Smoking incessantly leads to blackheads due to the activity of chemical present in cigarettes known as nicotine which alters sebum composition.
  • Diet – Some food items in our diets containing a high amount of sugars, fats, oils etc. are known to accelerate the clogging of pores leading to blackheads.

What Are The Symptoms Of Blackheads?

  • Blackheads are easily spotted due to their dark brown or black colour.
  • They are flatter than pimples in appearance and have a raised texture.
  • There is no associated pain or discomfort.
  • Presence of enlarged pores.

How To Remove Blackheads From Nose?

Here are the common blackhead removal treatments:

  • Blackhead Medication: Appropriate medication can be prescribed by the doctor to treat a severe case of blackheads. Since blackheads mainly fall into grade 1 acne, relevant topical medicines are prescribed. For grade 1 blackheads, the medication generally contains vitamin A and include tretinoin adapalene, benzoyl peroxide.
  • Chemical Peels: A salicylic acid peel is the primary chemical peel used for unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells that contribute to blackheads. A salicylic acid peel is a mild peel used for the effective removal of blackheads. The chemical solution containing salicylic acid is applied to the skin which eventually leads to the feeling of the upper layers revealing smooth and healthy skin underneath.
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  • Manual Blackhead Removal: Dermatologists or skin experts use a specialized tool called a comedone extractor to extract the blackheads from the skin. The blackhead extractor has a round loop at the tip which is placed over the blackhead to be extracted. It is gently pressed to remove the plug and pressure is then applied to remove the blockage. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get rid of blackheads but you should consider taking the help of a professional while using this tool for the right amount of pressure to unclog the pore without harming the skin.
  • Microdermabrasion Treatment: In this procedure, the upper layer of skin is scrubbed away using a specialized instrument. This unclogs the pores and removes blackheads. It is not a popular choice for blackhead removal as in some cases, it may thicken the upper layer of skin and worsen the blackhead condition.

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Before And After Results

Here are the before and after results from blackhead removal treatment:

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Blackhead Removal Creams And Products

Blackhead medication is available at chemist shops without prescription that may be used to treat mild to moderate forms of blackheads. This OTC medication is available in a gel, scrub or cream form for direct application on the affected areas. The medicines contain the following active ingredients that act on blackheads –

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid cream

These ingredients help in drying excess sebum (or oil) and increase the natural regeneration process of the skin. The skin sheds dead cells faster which stops the clogging of pores, further reducing the risk of blackheads. However, it is important to discuss these solutions with your dermatologist before purchasing or using them.

How To Remove Blackheads At Home?

There is no instant fix for blackheads. The following solutions to remove blackheads may be handy –

  • Blackhead Removal Strips: Blackhead removal strips are used to get rid of blackheads on nose instantly. However, this is just a temporary solution as blackheads can form again in a day or two.
  • Home Remedies: Home remedies involving home-made masks with natural ingredients or using steam can be helpful in keeping blackheads at bay. But these do not work on all individuals.
  • Face Masks for Blackheads: Masks which are exfoliating in nature work by thoroughly scrubbing away impurities and clearing the pores along with blackheads.

Cost Of Blackhead Removal Treatments In India

The average price of non-invasive blackhead removal treatment is between Rs 700 and Rs 8,000. Following are some of the popular dermatologist-approved solutions:

  • Chemical peels are available for a price range between Rs 1,500 and Rs 8,000 per session.
  • Comedone extraction costs between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 per session.
  • Microdermabrasion treatment may come for a price range between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 per session.
  • Prescription medicines, creams and products cost between Rs 700 and Rs 2,000 per unit.

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Blackheads Vs Whiteheads

The major difference between blackheads and whiteheads is that blackheads are open pores which turn black when they oxidize whereas whiteheads have a thin layer of skin and are not exposed to the air.

blackheads vs whiteheads

Are These Blackhead Removal Treatments Permanent?  

It is imperative to follow a good skincare regime to post a blackhead removal treatment to keep them from forming again. A good skin care routine involves using a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer every day along with mild exfoliation twice a week. Persistence is the key to achieve permanent results with healthy-looking skin free from blackheads.

How To Prevent Blackheads On Face?  

  • Use non-comedogenic skincare or make-up products which are water-based and oil-free.
  • Clean your face twice a day with a mild cleanser followed by a gentle exfoliation scrub to wash away impurities. Use a gel-based sunscreen every day.
  • Avoid popping or squeezing blackheads. Instead, use a mild scrub to get rid of the upper dead skin layer and reduce blackheads.
  • Get enough rest and de-stress yourself with exercise, meditation or yoga.
  • Cut down on food items that may cause excessive oil production that leads to blackheads. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Dr. T N Rekha Singh

Dr. T N Rekha Singh

Dr T N Rekha Singh is an MD in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology from the esteemed Gandhi Medical College at Hyderabad. She has a rich experience of over 11 years in performing advanced laser treatments for hair reduction, skin resurfacing and skin lightening, scar and anti-ageing procedures. She also specialises in offering hair regrowth treatment and non-invasive body contouring service. Working as a Senior Consultant Dermatologist and the Training Head at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic for over a decade, she has mentored more than 60 doctors in the field of advanced medico-aesthetic care. She has been exemplary in introducing clinical marvels and enhancing the quality of care at Oliva and making it at par with global standards. She imparts extensive training to dermatologists and therapists and helps them keep abreast with the latest technological innovations in the industry. Awarded for her research at the AP state conference, she has participated and presented papers at many prestigious national and international dermatology seminars. She is passionate about offering revolutionary skin and hair care treatments using the science of transformation and providing nothing but the best results for all Oliva clients. She enjoys reading, travelling and cooking in her free time. She lives with her husband and kids in Hyderabad.


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