Large and clogged pores on the nose are extremely annoying. These pores are usually the result of aggressive squeezing of blackheads and whiteheads. Also if you have a very oily face, the pores may tend to stretch wider than normal.
Moreover, large and clogged pores on the nose may harbor bacteria and dirt which can produce facial infections such as pimples and acne. Although large pores usually develop in different zones of the face, the nose is considered as the most susceptible area that can be affected.
7 Best Ways to treat Large, Clogged Pores on the Nose
- According to some dermatologists, the first line of medication to treat large and clogged pores on the nose is by using a prescription-strength Tretinoin Cream, also known as “Retinoids“. Retinoids are the only topical treatment that in time can help resolve comedones (blackheads) and slightly decrease the size of the pores by removing dried and hardened oil which dilates them.
- Tazarac Cream, also a prescription medication, is usually prescribed if Tretinoin Creams become ineffective. This medication also belongs to the “Retin-A or Retinoid” family and is known to show better results compared to tretinoins.
- Chemical Peels, for some doctors, are reasonable options if other treatments are stubborn. Mixed chemical peels containing Salicyclic Acid works best for oily, acne-prone skin. Obagi Blue Peel is one of the newest treatments out in the market and some doctors would really recommend it for pores and oily skin because it can effectively penetrate deeper into the pores of the skin.
- Another method for shrinking pores is fractional laser skin resurfacing (Fraxel). However it is necessary that the blackheads/ whiteheads need to be under control before that treatment is undertaken. A smooth beam laser is recommended to reduce the size of the pores making them less prominent with reduced secretions. This can also reduce an overly “oily” skin complexion.
- Salicylic acid or Lipohydroxy acid is also known to show effective results. This chemical penetrates well into the sebaceous glands and loosens the contents of the pores. After the pores has loosen up, suctioning is done followed by a blue light which kills any bacteria present in the pore.
- Comedone Extraction or simply known as Facial Pricking is also recommended to remove the contents of the pores. Also by removing black and whiteheads, clogging is prevented, and thus pores are maintained on its smaller size.
- Intense Pulsed Light has been demonstrated in multiple clinical studies to further reduce pore size. This effect is secondary to destroying or minimizing the size of a hair. Remember that a “pore” always contains a hair so the smaller the hair and the less “stuff” that is in the pore, the smaller it appears.