Nose skin is very thin. It also has a lot of sebaceous glands. With stress, hormonal fluctuations and external factors (sun, pollution, tobacco), sebum production increases. In excess, it clogs the pores and oxidises the skin, giving rise to blackheads. The sides of the nose are also where large pores are at their most visible. Here are some tricks to help you conquer those dreaded blackheads:
# Mattifying paper: Small enough to keep in your handbag, a simple blotting with a mattifying face paper across the T-zone will reduce shine. Its active ingredients – talc, zinc, kaolin – will absorb excess sebum and mattify the skin.
# Pore strips: Designed to stick to and remove impurities, pore strips are a great way to quickly clean the sides of the nose. Leave on for 10 minutes and, once removed, your skin will be visibly cleaner, free of excess sebum and without a blackhead in sight.
# Facial steam: Steam your face once a week. Cover your head with a towel and hunch over a bowl of hot water. The steam will open your pores. Excess sebum and toxins are released making blackhead removal far easier. The skin is left clean and free from suffocating impurities. If your pores are badly clogged, use a gentle, deep cleansing face scrub.
# A clay face mask: Use a clay face mask once or twice a week. Green clay is best for purifying. Apply to the sides of the nose, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Green clay absorbs excess sebum, neutralises toxins and purifies the skin.
# Get out your essential oils: Dilute three drops of a purifying essential oil (tea tree, rosewood, rose geranium, grapefruit, lavender) in a teaspoon of vegetable oil (sweet almond, apricot, argan, avocado). Massage it on to the sides of the nose until fully absorbed. The blend of oils will cleanse the sides of the nose and balance the skin’s protective hydrolipidic film.