I have large pores of the nose, some are dark colored…These are some concerns that people express very often online seeking to find answers to likely causes and treatment options. Read on to get a rundown of everything you need to know about cleaning and shrinking nose pores for that rejuvenated look.
Black or dark ones
Black pores on nose, otherwise known as blackheads are dark spots that result when skin pores become clogged with oil, dirt, and sometimes bacteria resulting in tiny bumps known as comedones.
When exposed to the air, the materials in the comedones often get oxidized and turn black. That is when you the victim starts perceiving the so-called dark pores – and sometimes on chin and forehead – that I see so many concerned about online.
Poor choice of skin care products, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, and sun damage are some of the potential triggers for black colored pores.
I see people complain about deep pores on the nose every now and then in internet health and beauty sites and blogs. This tends to be experienced more by people of African origin as well as those with oily skin.
The pores seem deeper than they should be when they get clogged with oils and/or dirt. Some treatment options such as nasal strips may not work for deep ones as they are unable to reach the dirt and other debris trapped in them.
The key to reducing the appearance of deeper than normal pores is proper cleaning routine and homecare measures aimed at skin exfoliation. These range from baking soda and oatmeal facial rinses to clay masks and facial scrubs among others. You may as well benefit from several dermatological treatments.
All these are subsequently outlined in more details.
How to open them naturally
If you are the kind of people who prefer to have everything done naturally whenever possible, then the following may just the answers you need on how to open pores on nose naturally:
Oatmeal is a fantastic ingredient for nose pore cleaning and opening.
To use this remedy, pour a cup of oatmeal into a cup of hot water, stir thoroughly to mix the two ingredients and then allow the mixture enough time to cool down.
Once ready, apply the mixture all over your nose and face, leave it on for two minutes, and then finish off by rinsing your face with water.
2. Egg white
Egg white is also touted to help open up clogged pores, assuming you can tolerate the smell of eggs near your nose. To use this option, separate the white of an egg from the yolk and apply it to your face after cleansing it with warm water and soap (or a gentle facial cleanser).
Next, apply the egg white on the nose and other affected areas, allow it to dry and finish up by rinsing it off with water before moisturizing your face as you normally do. Avoid using a petrolatum and mineral oil containing moisturizer for this purpose.
How to Close or tighten them with baking soda
Otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a powerful remedy for large pores. Its antibacterial and exfoliating properties helps to improve and tighten skin pores. Here is how to close them with baking soda:
- Take a tablespoon of baking soda and pour into it enough water – while mixing – to make a smooth paste that can be worked through your nose and face.
- Once ready, apply it on your face – paying close attention to your nose – gently to avoid harming your delicate facial skin.
- Allow the paste some time to dry and then wash it off with water.
Some skin care experts also suggest wetting your face and then rubbing a pinch of baking soda before rinsing it off with water after five minutes or so.
How to clean – Best ways to clean out
The skin naturally secretes sebum – a kind of oil – every day to keep the face hydrated. Unfortunately, this very oil can as well get your pores clogged if produced in large quantities or mixes with dead skin cells, dirt and other debris. Nose pores tend to appear larger and may be particularly noticeable if clogged.
Below are tips on how to clean them if they seem clogged or dirty:
1. Wash your nose
Wash your nose, and face of course, with warm water and a gentle cleanser twice daily, preferably in the morning and evening. You should also wash your face after exercising or undertaking any other vigorous activity that makes you sweat. If you have an oily skin, you will want to look for a product that is specifically formulated for your skin type.
2. Try clay mask
Apply clay mask to your nose, chin, and forehead two times each week. Once dry, peel the clay mask off and you will notice a significant improvement in as far as dirt and oil in your pores is concerned.
3. Facial scrub
Use a facial scrub to clean your nose 2-3 times each week. Usually sold over-the-counter in beauty stores, grocery stores, drugstores, and even online, facial scrubs help to exfoliate the skin (remove dead skin cells) and reduce the accumulation of skin oils.
For dry skin, use a creamy exfoliating product. As for oily skin type, a salicylic acid containing facial scrub product is your best bet.
4. Impurity buffing
Buff away skin impurities with an electronic brush device. This handy device comes with a gentle rotating brush that helps to exfoliate and clean the skin, leaving your pores clean and less prominent. For a deep cleansing effect, consider applying your favorite cleanser on the brush head before using the device.
5. Soaking dirt and skin oil
Soak the skin oil and dirt with a blotting paper several times in the course of your day. This gives your face a matte touch and is easily the easiest way to clean your nose pores.
How to Shrink Minimize them
It might as well interest you to learn how to shrink pores on nose and make them smaller.
Unfortunately, that is impractical since the size of pores is genetically determined as Debra Jaliman, a NY based dermatologist says. Olive and darker skinned people tend to have larger pores than their fair-skinned counterparts. Oily skinned people also tend to have more apparent pores than those with dry and normal skin types.
Dead skin cells and sebum can also get trapped in the skin pores and make them stretch out.
It is not possible to make the pores physically smaller than they naturally are but there are various measures you can take to reduce their appearance.
1. Take stock of your cosmetic products
Products with heavy ingredients such as mineral oil and petrolatum can irritate your skin pores and make them appear bigger. Choose products with soothing ingredients the likes of lavender and rosemary; these help to relieve skin irritation and prevents stretching out of the pores.
Zinc and magnesium are also known to restore clear skin pores and restore skin oil balance. This consequently minimizes their size.
The WebMD website recommends going for products labeled as “noncomedogenic” as these won’t clog your skin pores, a common factor for larger ones. Products with salicylic acid as one of the ingredients also work great for your skin. They not only restore skin moisture but also help in exfoliation (shedding off of dead skin cells and other debris).
2. Keep them clean
Cleansing your face serves as a great short-term solution for this problem. We have talked more about cleaning nose pores in more details in a previous section of this article.
3. Apply sunscreen
Too much ultraviolet ray exposure can weaken the supportive collagen in the skin and make the skin less supple, consequently making the pores to appear bigger as Mitchell Chasin, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist says.
Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and wearing a broad-brimmed hat when the sun is at its peak can help to stop further damage and reverse the effects of sun damage on your pores.
4. Apply a clay mask
Oilier skin tends to have more apparent pores than normal and dry skins. Larger oil production means the larger size of pores and vice versa as Chasin points out. For those larger ones including on cheeks, and forehead, you may want to apply a clay mask to treat the affected spot.
Here is how to use the clay mask to reduce oiliness and thus the size of pores:
- Start by cleansing your face with warm water and soap
- Next, apply a thin layer of clay mask and leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Finally, rinse the clay mask off with water
Clay mask works by absorbing any extra oils in your skin pores which then makes them appear smaller. Blotting papers can work just fine if you don’t have clay mask.
5. When to see a dermatologist:
You now know how to shrink pores on nose, but should all the above strategies seem to yield no result, then you should consider seeking the help of a dermatologist.
One or more treatment options may be recommended from among prescription strength retinoid products, chemical peeling, and non-ablative laser therapy (to improve collagen production in the dermal layer of the skin).
Get Rid of them -Medical Treatment options?
How to get rid of pores on the nose is something anyone suffering from larger normal size may be interested.
Before we go into details, however, let us start by mentioning that the point here is not to get rid of pores altogether. You need those them; they are the body’s way to flush out the sweat. The idea here is to make them less apparent, so without further ado here we go:
1. Nose strips
Nose strips look very similar to Band-Aid but have a special adhesive that is designed to hold on to and pull out oil and dirt out of nose pores. There are numerous brands sold over the counter but Biore Nasal Strips are arguably the most popular.
Nasal strips won’t make your them smaller but will leave them clean and less prominent.
2. Does Retinoid help?
This vitamin A is known to do wonders to skin conditions including large pores. As Emily Altman, MD, a Short Hills-based Dermatologic Surgeon says, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A and Tazorac can help to decrease the size of nose pores by removing the materials dilating them. As such it is usually preferred as the first line of treatment.
3. Can Extraction facials help?
Extraction facials can also be used to reduce pore size as Dr. Jason Lupton, a San Diego Dermatologist puts it. This can be performed at a dermatologist’s facility by a licensed aesthetician.
4. Laser treatment
Laser light has got to be one of the most helpful innovations in the world of medicine with uses ranging from skin tightening to scar treatment and now pore size reduction. Dr. Lupton reports having success with Smoothbeam laser.
5. Other medical treatment
Other medical treatment options that may be considered by your dermatologist or surgeon are:
- Chemical peeling
Your dermatologist or surgeon will determine your best treatment course.