Your skin naturally excretes oil every day. It helps keep your face hydrated, but it can also clog pores and make your face look dirty. Pores often appear larger on the nose, so they're much more noticeable. If your pores look like they're clogged with oil and dirt, it's time for a deep cleaning. You'll get the best results by trying a variety of different cleaning and exfoliating methods.
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Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water daily. Ideally, clean your face before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. Also wash after exercising or performing any other activity that makes you sweat.
Apply a clay mask to your forehead, chin and nose twice per week. Allow the clay mask to dry and then peel it off. The clay gently extracts oils and dirt from your pores.
Clean your nose and other problem areas with a facial scrub two to three times per week. Facial scrubs exfoliate skin and remove oils that can cause acne breakouts. Use a creamy exfoliating product if you have dry skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, use a scrub that contains salicylic acid. If you prefer something all natural, dampen your face with water, then rub a pinch of baking soda into your skin. Rinse with cool water after one minute. Baking soda kills bacteria and sloughs away dead skin cells.
Use an electronic brush device to buff away impurities. These devices have rotating brush heads that gently exfoliate and clean skin. Put a dab of your favorite cleanser on the brush bristles before using the device for extra deep cleansing.
Pat your nose and the rest of your face with blotting sheets throughout the day. Blotting sheets absorb oil and excess sebum, giving your face a clean, matte look.
Combine 1 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of hot water. Stir well, then let the oatmeal cool. Rub the oatmeal over your nose and face. Rinse off after two minutes.
Treat yourself to a facial every six to eight weeks. During a facial, an aesthetician safely extracts oil and other debris from your pores using special cleansing instruments. If you can't get a facial, achieve similar results by very gently squeezing skin in 1/2 inch sections. If the oil in your pores is soft enough, squeezing will help extract it. If the oil won't come out, do not squeeze your skin any harder -- doing so may cause injury.
Get a salicylic or glycolic acid peel from your dermatologist if your pores don't respond to self-treatment. It usually takes about three treatments, at $100 each, to tighten pores and see results. Dermatologists may also prescribe you a stronger exfoliant you can purchase from a pharmacy.