If you’re anything like me, you have been tortured by pesky nose blackheads for years! You know those ones that aren’t raised and never turn into anything but don’t go away either. Well, here is what you need to know about these black heads on your nose, they’re not blackheads!
Wait. WHAT? That’s right, they are not technically blackheads. Rather they are sebum ‘plugs’ created by tiny little sebaceous glads attached to hair follicles in your skin. These glads produce an oily, waxy substance that we associate with ‘blackheads’.
In fact, these are a completely normal and natural part of the human body. That sucks I know, because that means we have to put up with them.
What are these things and what do they do?
These little glands can be found all over your body other than the palms of your hands and feet. The oily waxy horribleness actually creates a ‘waterproof’ layer in your skin. Ensuring the right stuff stays in and the wrong stuff stays out. Sebum also protects your skin from fungal and bacterial infections. Okay, hating them a little less now….
Sebum also has a role in the oil balance in your skin. Over production of sebum can course your skin to be oily and has the potentially to cause acne. Not enough sebum can course the skin to be dry.
What can I do about them?!
Short answer, not a lot. Long answer, be rigorous with your skincare routine. Make sure you remove your makeup at the end of the day, cleanse, tone and moisturise to reduce bacteria build up on your skin. Use an exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and sebum build up. Use a face mask for your skin type, whether that is a clay mask for oily skin or a moisturising mask for dry skin.
A little more complicated than you’d think huh? Do you have any tips on how to shrink these pesky little pain in the . . . . noses?
Alisha Barbara xx