Clogged pores are annoying, they keep returning even if you are very responsible with your skincare routine. And the nose seems to be the place where they like to linger the most. What can we do?
Your nose is the hot spot for clogged pores for a reason: the pores in your nose are larger and so are the sebaceous glands underneath the skin. There is not much to do if you have a combination of oily skin and shiny t-zone, often purifying the pores does diminish their appearance.
You might be quite familiar with blackheads –one of the forms clogged pores take–, but they can also be sebaceous filaments –sebaceous filaments are naturally occurring collections of sebum that are part of the pore. Sebaceous filaments line the inside of the pores to help the skin be moisturized and they are totally normal.
This is what you should do
- Use salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells, fight bacteria and control excess sebum. This is particularly effective for people who have acne-prone skin.
- Use oil-absorbing clay or charcoal masks –you don’t need to apply it all over, just slather on your t-zone. You can use other hydrating masks on the rest of your face, just treat the areas that need to be treated.
- Hydrate your skin. Excess oil production can also be the result of having dry skin and the pores trying to correct this issue.
This is what you shouldn’t do
- Use pore strips. Using pore strips can lead to irritation, traumatize the skin and it actually cannot do anything to remove blackheads –they only remove top layers of dead skin cells and do nothing to prevent the buildup of blackheads.
- Squeeze –I know, it is quite tempting to squeeze your pores, but you could actually run the risk of pushing the oil deeper into the pore or inflaming the skin by removing a sebaceous filament.
When in doubt, consult an expert to guide you through the process.
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