How to Fix the Hole in Your Nose After Removing Blackheads
You just removed the deepest, ugliest blackhead, and now there is a giant gaping hole in the middle of your nose – DON’T PANIC!
Look sis, we’ve all been there, and let me start by saying that it is fixable (in a way).
I promise that if you follow my instructions on how to fix the hole in your nose after removing blackheads, you will fully recover.
In fact, you won’t even have a scar as evidence that a blackhead was ever there in the first place.
Why Did Removing My Blackhead Leave a Hole?
The second biggest problem after a blackhead is the blackhead hole it leaves behind.
If you don’t already know, blackheads (also known as open comedones) are skin pores or follicles clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum.
The gunk that fills up in your pores will slowly build until it reaches the surface and touches the air.
Once it does surface, the oxidation process causes the buildup to turn black. Hence the name “blackhead.”
Blackheads are rooted deep into your pore. And the longer you wait to take care of them, the deeper and harder they become.
Blackhead holes are the result of blackhead extraction that was long overdue.
The pore becomes enlarged and needs to shrink back to its normal state.
If you are one of the fifty million Americans who annually experience acne’s headache, chances are you are prone to blackheads.
This means taking every precaution after at-home extraction.
Otherwise, you’ll be rereading this article in another few months, wondering where you went wrong after yet another blackhead extraction.
Immediate Post Blackhead Extraction Care
Congratulations, you have just removed a gross black pimple from your face!
The bad news is that you now have an obvious crater that looks like the cousin of the Grand Canyon.
Just kidding – unless you really should have visited a dermatologist for extraction, I doubt any blackhead would ever leave a hole that bad.
First of all, before you ever attempt to remove a blackhead from its cozy little pore, you should prep your skin and have the materials for post-extraction care ready to go.
If you missed the tutorial on how to safely and successfully remove blackheads at home, then you can check out my article here.
Now, moving onto the aftercare of how to fix the hole in your nose after removing blackheads.
Immediately after extracting the blackhead from your pore, soothe your skin to prevent inflammation. You can do this with a cooling gel face mask or face serum.
*You should use serums that have anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as:
- Vitamin E
- Green tea
- Aloe vera
- Witch hazel
- Or cucumber
Next, use a gentle cleanser to clear away the mask or serum. Then, follow it up with a good toner.
The toner you choose to treat your open pore with is essential. You want to use one that will kill off any bacteria that has been left behind.
Otherwise, you risk infection, additional blackheads, and scaring.
Choose a toner that includes one of the following ingredients:
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Witch hazel
- Or glycolic acid
After you have cleansed and treated your skin, finish up with the rest of your skincare routine.
Redness After Blackhead Removal
At-home extractions are a risky business. Along with enlarged pores, you might also experience sensitivity, soreness, redness, and even a bruised nose from squeezing blackheads.
If you have a red mark after squeezing a blackhead or experience redness after blackhead extraction, you can use cooling masks and serums to relieve inflammation.
Keep in mind that your skin shouldn’t be picked, prodded, and squeezed, no matter how bad that pimple is.
Seeing a red mark after squeezing a blackhead is totally normal and expected, even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin.
What can you do about it?
First of all, don’t apply anything to your skin except for a gel cooling mask.
You could risk more irritation, redness, and even swelling if you try to put any products on your skin at this point. Your skin needs time to rest and heal itself.
The best thing you can do is wait for an hour or so and then continue with your skincare routine.
Bruising After Blackhead Removal
Just like redness, a bruised nose from squeezing blackheads can be common. So, once again – don’t panic.
If your skin is a little bruised after an extraction, the first thing you need to do is wash your face with a pore cleanser.
Secondly, put some ice in a clean washcloth and apply it to the bruised skin to minimize swelling. You don’t want to be walking around tomorrow, looking like you just got into a fight.
Ice your face, fifteen minutes on, fifteen minutes off for about one hour.
Lastly, take one Tylenol and call it a night. It will relieve any pain you might have and help get rid of the bruising. Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen in this case.
How to Fix the Hole in Your Nose After Removing Blackheads
I have some good news and also some bad news.
The bad news is that it is impossible to get rid of the hole in your nose.
Because that hole is a pore, and pores are not just necessary, but also simply a part of your skin. That’s also the good news, though!
Can you shrink your pore down to a smaller size? Well, girl, we are trying. There are plenty of treatments and products that will certainly help. My best piece of advice is to try them all until you find the one that works best for your skin. After all, we all are unique in our own skin.
Retinoids: Retinoid treatment is always a must when treating blackheads. Retinoids are super effective when it comes to fighting excess oils and skin cells.
They’ve been proven to be extremely effective in preventing future blackhead breakouts.
Retinoids help rejuvenate your skin, encourage collagen production, thicken your skin, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Salicylic Acid: If you are prone to breakouts and blackheads, toner with salicylic acid is essential to your skincare routine.
Salicylic acid helps to remove oils, which is crucial after blackhead removals.
It is also an anti-inflammatory, so it will reduce any redness or swelling that accompanies blackhead extractions.
Ask any dermatologist, and they’ll tell you that salicylic acid is a tried-and-true remedy when it comes to blackheads and acne.
Clay Masks: I feel like I should/ have to mention this one in every skincare post I ever write. Because clay masks are literally that great.
No matter what your skin type is, a clay face mask is guaranteed to deliver unmatched results.
They naturally draw out any impurities, reduce the appearance of large pores, absorb excess oil, AND treat psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Can you say “miracle cure?”
How to Prevent Future Blackheads
Always remove your makeup at night.
I know that it’s super tempting to fall into bed and call it a night. But, trust me: it will catch up to you in the end.
And if you don’t wear makeup, I don’t care. Wash your face anyway. Your skin has a layer of dead cells, oil, dirt, and other environmental toxins from the day.
It needs to be washed.
Maintain good hygiene with your makeup products and tools.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer to work a full face of makeup every day or just the mascara and eyeliner essentials.
If you use any makeup, you need to be aware of its shelf life and upkeep.
Always clean your brushes, curlers, and sponges.
Also, get rid of any products that you’ve had for over six months.
Reusing dirty tools or old products means putting a layer of bacteria over your gorgeous face. And let’s face it – your skin deserves better.
The Final Word: Hole In Your Nose After Removing Blackheads
Can you get rid of blackhead holes completely? Unfortunately, the answer is “no.”
Trust me, if there were a way to completely smooth out your skin, so it looks silky 100% of the time, I would be the first one in line.
What you can do is take care of your skin. I know that some products and treatments might seem expensive right now.
But, taking care of your skin means fewer acne breakouts in the future, fewer lines and wrinkles as you age, and beautiful glowing skin all the time.
Prevention is the best way to treat any form of acne, whether it be blackheads, whiteheads, and everything in between.
It’s not enough to pick at your pimples as they come in. You have to treat your skin with love, and it will show you love in return.
It comes down to creating a stable and efficient skincare routine that confronts all of your skin’s problems head-on.
Working on your skincare routine means reducing the appearance of pores and showing off gorgeous clear skin.