- Blackheads, (open comedones), are small dark spots on the skin.
- A whitehead on the other hand is a “closed comedo”.
- Blackheads are actually blocked pores that get filled with keratin, skin debris and sebum, which is an oily substance.
- This is the first stage of pimples or acne. The blackhead can grow to become a pimple.
- Blackheads are not exactly a health hazard, but they are very frustrating as they come up on the most visible part of our body – the face.
- Often, they are seen right on the nose. Naturally, it looks bad.
Causes for Blackheads on Nose
Hormonal changes in the body :
- Hormones in your body can cause blackheads.
- Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a hormone that triggers over activity of the oil glands.
- And if your body is producing a lot of oil, then your skin pores are likely to get clogged.
- This happens again in the late 20’s when the estrogen level begins to drop.
- The oil glands are working more, as the body’s testosterone level is higher than estrogen.
Skin products :
- Cosmetics and other skin products can cause blackheads as well, particularly on the nose.
- Face creams hydrate the skin, but they can end up adding more pore-clogging oil.
- Skin products and even makeup with fragrances and artificial color can clog the hair follicles on your skin, and cause blackheads.
- Some medications are to be blamed as well for deep blackheads.
- The National Institutes of Health and U.S. National Library of Medicine approved information source Medline Plus.
- That medicines that are rich in phenytoin, estrogen, testosterone, and steroids can cause several skin problems, including blackheads.
- There is no medical proof that stress is directly related to blackheads.
- Some people are convinced that it can cause blackheads too.
- After all, anxiety and stress causes grey hairs.
- When under stress, we tend to neglect our body, and as a result we may very well have these blackheads.
Caffeine and alcohol :
- Starting the day with that cup of hot coffee, may aggravate blackheads on your nose.
- After dinner wine may also cause it.
- Some studies have indicated that both alcohol and caffeine could be bad for the health of your skin.
- Smoking could be one of the causes as well.
- The cigarette smoke is full of ash, tar, and many chemicals that can damage the surface of skin causing blocked pores and dead cells.
- There could be a link between nutrition and blackheads as well.
- Sugary foods, fried foods, and those with a lot of carbohydrates can have a huge impact on your skin.
- Doughnuts, French fries, and chocolates have all been blamed.
- A heat wave, an intense session at the gym and everything else that makes you sweat profusely can cause blackheads.
- Excessive sweat can clog up the pores.
- And it is even worse if you have makeup while sweating.
Sleeping with makeup :
- This one is a crime, There’s a high chance that you will have clogged pores if you go to sleep without removing the makeup.
- Cosmetics can clog the pores anyway.
- So do clean your face always before hitting the bed.