How to clean clogged nose pores

If clogged nose pores are at the top of your list when it comes to skin complaints, you’re definitely not alone. “The nose is a very common place for both oiliness and clogged pores,” says board-certified dermatologist and LovelySkin CEO Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “The skin on your nose has more sebaceous glands that are larger in size versus other parts of your face, so it tends to get more clogged up, which translates to blackheads.”

Sebum, or oil from your sebaceous glands, can combine with dead skin cells and dirt from everyday life to clog your pores and can lead to acne–including blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. Wondering what you can do to help clean the clogged pores on your nose? We’ve got some tried-and-true dermatologist-approved skincare solutions to help. Read on to learn more about the:

The best cleanser for pores on the nose

LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser

This clarifying gel cleanser from Dr. Schlessinger’s own LovelySkin LUXE line was created to help reduce clogged pores on your entire face, including clogged nose pores. It relies on three exfoliating ingredients to help clear pores and reduce the build-up of dirt, dead skin cells, and oil on your skin: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and afaLUXE, a dermatologist-developed molecule that combines vitamin C, amino-based filaggrin antioxidants and Dead Sea minerals. “This is my absolute go-to cleanser in my dermatology practice. It works across a variety of ages and conditions, and my patients love it,” Dr. Schlessinger says. “With regular use, they end up seeing fewer acne breakouts and blemishes that do pop up resolve more quickly. It also takes care of dark spots that happen after blemishes resolve.”

The best skin care treatments for clogged nose pores

LovelySkin LUXE Acne Care Gel 9%

Following up on your clarifying facial wash with a pore-clearing skin treatment is a great strategy to help clean nose pores. This clear acne treatment gel does a great job not only treating existing breakouts but also preventing future acne from forming by reducing clogged pores. The active ingredient is 9% afaLUXE, the same powerful yet gentle exfoliator that you’ll also find in the LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser. New users can start by applying this treatment to clogged pores on the nose every other day and work up to daily use.

PCA SKIN Pore Refining Treatment

This unique treatment helps clear pores with four different exfoliating ingredients. In addition to mandelic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, to help clear away the dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged nose pores, this formula contains papaya-derived papain enzymes and a combination of pumice and rice powder to smooth rough texture and clear away built-up dirt and debris. The addition of bentonite clay also helps reduce excess oil that can lead to clogged pores on your nose, while bisabolol helps minimize skin irritation.

Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

A face peel that’s formulated for daily use is another option to add to your arsenal of pore-clearing skin care products. The “Alpha Beta” in the name refers to its inclusion of both glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) and salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid). Together, these two ingredients help clear away excess oil and dead skin cells to help clear existing clogged pores on your nose and prevent your pores from becoming blocked again in the future. Consisting of two pre-soaked facial wipes, the first step of the peel contains the exfoliating acids, while the second step is a gentle neutralizer to soothe and hydrate your skin.

How to clean nose pores with face masks

Revision Skincare Pore Purifying Clay Mask

Adding a face mask to your skincare routine is another way you can help reduce clogged pores on your nose. This purifying mask contains freshwater silt, a mineral-rich substance that helps absorb excess oil and clean nose pores, helping eliminate extra oil and debris. It also features several hydrating ingredients to help leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, including glycerin, squalane, and jojoba esters. After applying this mask to your face and leaving it on for fifteen to thirty minutes, you can rinse it off with warm water and pat dry.

AFA Renewal Masque

This facial mask has the feel of a traditional clay mask with the exfoliating powers of afaLUXE. This dermatologist-developed molecule helps gently exfoliate and improve your skin’s moisture barrier. With regular use, it can help minimize the appearance of large pores and reduce future breakouts as well. Thanks to the addition of vitamin C, it also helps protect your skin from free radical damage over time.

How to clear clogged pores on the nose with a pore-extracting device

FOREO KIWI Blackhead Removal Device

For stubborn clogged pores, this skincare device helps clear clogged pores on your nose or anywhere on your face with a combination of blue LED light therapy to kill acne-causing bacteria and vacuum suction to remove oil, dirt, and blackheads. It’s intended to be used on clean, dry skin after cleansing.

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