How to Clear Black Pores on the Nose

Black pores, or comedones, form when dust and debris embed into openings in the skin that excrete oil. The discoloration is the result of dark matter trapped near the surface of the clog, giving the pore a blackish appearance, or blackhead. Remove the blackheads on your nose of blackheads by using a number of cleansing steps to loosen the clog and clear the pore. Once the pores clear, you can take steps to keep them from clogging again.

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Step 1

Wash your face with a mild face cleanser to remove makeup and dirt. Pat dry with a towel.

Step 2

Hold a clean washcloth under warm to slightly hot water. Saturate the cloth and then squeeze it to remove excess.

Step 3

Lay the wet cloth over your nose and leave it there for 10 minutes. This will loosen debris in clogged pores.

Step 4

Scrub your nose with an exfoliant to remove dead skin. Follow the instructions on the product. Do not scrub too hard -- this will irritate the skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove residue from the exfoliant.

Step 5

Apply a salicylic acid cream to the area. This will soak down into the pores and remove any remaining dirt. Follow the instructions provided with the cream for proper application.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water

  • Face cleanser

  • Towel

  • Washcloth

  • Exfoliant

  • Salicylic acid cream


Use oil-free makeup to keep pores from clogging.


Do not try to remove the clog manually by pressing down on the blackhead. This may cause scaring or infection.

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