Enlarged Pores on Nose

Clogged Nose Pores

The reason why you have clogged nose pores is that your nose produces more oil than any other part of your face.  This oil is called nasal sebum and it may surprise you to know  that this oil on your nose contains an organic compound called squalene.  Squalene is found in high quantities in sharks and olive oil.  Newborn babies have the highest amount of squalene in their bodies and as age takes its natural course, squalene decreases.  Squalene has even been touted to have anti-cancer fighting properties.  But that squalene-rich sebum that secretes out of your oily nose pores can unfortunately accumulate there and clog your pores.

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Clogged nose pores due to excessive oil production.


Clogged Pores on Nose

You’ve probably noticed some dots on your nose pores when you look closely in the mirror.  Well, you’ll be surprised to know that those clogged pores on nose are not caused by blackheads or whiteheads.  They are actually called sebaceous filaments.  Yes, filaments:  hair-like (but not hairs) that come out of the pore to moisturize your skin.  Their purpose is to moisturize your face.

Sebacious filaments are not the same as blackheads or whiteheads.
Sebacious filaments are not the same as blackheads or whiteheads.

Many people confuse sebaceous filaments with blackheads or probably whiteheads but they are totally different.  If you squeeze a sebaceous filament, only sebum will come out.

To get rid of these sebaceous filaments you may try using a clay mask.  Clay masks work wonders to absorb extra grease on oil from your face.

Another thing you may want to do is to apply a light moisturizer to your face.  It is quite possible that the reason your face and nose are so oily in the first place is that they are overcompensating for the lack of oil or dryness caused by the over abuse of facial products that you’ve been using to get rid of your clogged pores.

Using pore strips may also help get rid of the sebaceous filaments on your face.

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Nose strips may help get rid of sebaceous filaments on your nose.

Black Pores

So how can you have black pores?  Your pores cannot really be black.  What you probably have are blackheads.  Blackheads are made up of sebum, or skin oil, that has been trapped in the hair follicle. When the sebum becomes exposed to the air, it then oxidizes and turns black, giving you black pores.

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Hair follicles showing normal pores, blackheads, and whiteheads.

The problem with blackheads is that it can emphasize the appearance of your pores making them look larger than they really are.  Remember that your pores naturally produce oil, or sebum, and that over washing with harsh skin care products may dry out your skin and cause the production of more sebum.  So how do blackheads form? Remember the little sebaceous filaments? Let’s go back to them.  Those little filaments are what help the sebum to flow out of the hair follicle and moisturize your skin, but often times build-up such as make-up and dead skin cells can accumulate in the shaft and clog the pore.  If the pore becomes open and exposed to the elements, you have a blackhead.  If the pore is still closed and is still producing sebum, then you have a whitehead.