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Nose pores coming in the way of your picture perfect skin? We feel you! While the size of the pores depends on your genetics, you can clean them and diminish their appearance with the right maintenance. So read this article before you head out to buy a pore filling primer.

What Are Nose Pores?

Pores are the openings to hair follicles on the skin. They help in letting out sweat and oil [1]. Nose pores are usually bigger than the pores on the rest of your facial skin. They are connected to sebaceous glands that produce sebum or natural oil in the skin.

What Causes Large Nose Pores?

Even though the size of nose pores is predetermined, a variety of triggers can enlarge nose pores [2]. Some of them are:

1. Sun Exposure

Your nose is the most exposed part of the face and is prone to sun damage. Exposure to sun stretches your nose pores making them look bigger.

2. Age

As you age, the collagen and elastin fibres in your skin become loose, making the skin around your nose pores sag. This makes the pore size appear bigger.

3. Blackheads

Blackheads develop when nose pores get clogged with dirt, excess oil and bacteria. Picking at blackheads can increase your pore size.

4. Lack Of Exfoliation

Dead skin cells are pushed to the outermost layer of the skin and are shed off there. Due to factors like aging, sunlight and improper cleansing, these cells build up on the skin and can cause enlarged pores.

5. Some Skin Care Products

Non-comedogenic skin care products are a boon for oily skin. But sometimes, they can be extremely drying on the skin, leading to excess sebum production and clogged pores.

How To Clean Nose Pores: 13 Tips

You can minimize the appearance of nose pores with skin care products and in-office treatments. The idea is to keep the nose pores clean. Read on to know how:

1. Remove Makeup Before Bed

Never leave a makeup product on your face overnight. No matter how gentle the products claim to be, they can be pore clogging. Remove your make up with an oil based face wash and use a mild cleanser to give your face a clean feel.

2. Cleanse Twice A Day

Cleansing removes makeup residue, dead skin cell buildup, oil and dirt from the skin. Lack of exfoliation can lead to dullness and enlarged nose pores. Use a mild cleanser that suits your skin type with lukewarm water in your morning and evening skin care routine. Cleanse post a work out session too and pat dry. Avoid rough towels.

3. Lock In The Moisture

Cleansing can strip off your skin's natural oils. Hence, it is crucial to follow it up with a good moisturizer. No matter how much sebum is around your nose pores, use a moisturizer to lock in the moisture and repair the skin's natural barrier [3].

4. Invest In A Clay Mask

Clay face masks help in unclogging and cleaning the pores. They are made of mineral rich clays or activated charcoal, which are perfect for refining your pores. Charcoal is a good absorbent and draws out excess oil and pollutants from your nose. In case you have extremely dry skin, use a clay mask only on your nose.

5. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliating once a week with a facial scrub, hydroxy acids or salicylic acid removes the dead skin cells near nose pores. Do not over scrub as it can aggravate the nose pores. [4]

6. Try Nose Pore Cleansing Strips

Why go through the pain of tweezing blackheads during a facial when you can strip them off? They can be used for removing dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells and blackheads. Nose pore cleansing strips are made of adhesives and come with a variety of ingredients to choose from.

Just wet your nose with lukewarm water and place the sticky side of the strip for 15 minutes. Once you peel away the strip, wash your face with lukewarm water again.

Note: strong There is hardly any scientific proof that talks about the benefits or risks of nore pore cleansing strips. Limit the use of nose pore cleansing strips to once a week. Refrain from using them in case you have sensitive skin.

7. Don’t Step Out Without Sunscreen

Sun damage [5] can make your nose pores appear larger. Protect your skin by wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) 30 or higher. Apply it 20 minutes before stepping out and reapply every two hours.

8. Microdermabrasion On Nose

Microdermabrasion is an in-office treatment performed by a certified dermatologist. A small mechanical device is used to remove the top layer of the skin on your nose. This helps in exfoliation and can improve the appearance of your nose pores [6].

9. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels incorporate acids like glycolic acid or lactic acid to remove the top layer of skin [7]. They can make the nose pores appear smaller.

10. Laser Therapy

Light beams are used to exfoliate the top layers of the skin. This not only minimizes the appearance of nose pores [8], but also induces collagen production in the skin.

11. Steaming

Steaming, which is a part of facials and involves the use of a steamer to supply your skin with warm and moist air, helps in opening nose pores on the nose. Facial experts then use a blackhead extractor to pluck out the blackheads on your nose pores. Skin care experts suggest a monthly facial for clean skin.

12. Retinol Serum

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and a potent formulation in serums. The anti-aging ingredient [9] stimulates the production of collagen around your nose pores, making the skin cleaner and firm. Incorporate a tightening retinol in your skin care routine. Start with minimal application and gradually increase the frequency.

13. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil penetrates into the skin, unclogs pores and dries out blackheads. Molecules called terpenes in the tea tree oil are antimicrobial [10].

Apply a face pack of 2-3 tsp tea tree oil, a tablespoon of fullers earth and some water. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

What To Avoid?

Baking Soda

You will come across baking soda while reading up about home remedies for cleaning nose pores. Avoid using baking soda scrubs on the nose as these can dry the skin and may lead to excess sebum production. Since baking soda is alkaline, it can disrupt the skin’s natural pH that is slightly acidic [11].


Another talked about kitchen ingredient for cleaning nose pores, lemon may harm your skin. Lemon is highly acidic and can disrupt your skin’s pH. Direct application of lemon can lead to dryness and irritation of the skin [12].

What Is The White Stuff In My Nose Pores?

The white stuff in your nose pores is sebum [13], which is natural oil that the skin produces in the dermal layer. Sebaceous glands attached to the pores on the skin naturally secrete this white and oily substance.

Sebum should not be mistaken for acne pus, whiteheads or blackheads. Acne, whiteheads and blackheads form when the pores get clogged. If you are bothered by the amount of sebum or oil that you see on your nose, you could try a clay mask to absorb the excess oil.

If your nose pores remain immune to all the above treatments, consider seeking the advice of a trusted dermatologist.

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