Facials leave your skin feeling smooth and looking refreshed. And while these procedures are certainly relaxing, they also offer the benefit of getting rid of acne-related bumps on the nose. The pores on the nose can be larger than other areas of the face, which is why they are prone to acne. If you fail to see improvement after monthly facials, see your dermatologist for a checkup.
Acne on the Nose
Bumps on the nose are most commonly related to acne. This irritating skin condition comes in three primary forms: blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Blackheads and whiteheads are the result of trapped hair follicles that combine with dead skin cells and oil. The difference is the pores of blackheads are open, and the dead skin and oil is exposed to the air to create a black plug. Pimples primarily form when hair follicles break off underneath the skin’s surface. They can become more problematic when bacteria is trapped with the broken hair follicle. The nose is more susceptible to acne because of enlarged pores, as well as its outward position from the rest of the face.
The basic premise of a facial is to help get rid of dead skin cells and excess sebum, or oil. Since both of these are contributing factors to breakouts, acne on the nose can benefit from monthly facials. A mask is used during the treatment, as well as steam, a toner and moisturizer. Also, a spa professional uses a tool called an extractor, which helps get rid of acne during your facial. In this respect, you can experience immediate relief from nose bumps after your facial.
While having the occasional facial can help keep acne on your nose at bay, the effects won’t last long if you don’t follow a healthy skin-care regimen at home. Washing your face twice a day with a mild creamy cleanser can help get rid of dirt and bacteria that can lead to acne. Follow up with a moisturizer designed for your skin type after each wash. When the skin on your nose becomes too dry, your pores produce excess oils. Subsequently, the combination of dead skin cells and sebum can lead to acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), over-the-counter (OCT) acne products aren't always effective in treating related skin issues in adults.
When the Bumps Don't Go Away
If the bumps on your nose persist despite regular facials and regular home care, it’s time to see a dermatologist. The AAD recommends discussing prescription topical ointments with your doctor. These are more potent than OTC products, and may help combat adult acne on the nose. In some cases, the bumps on your nose could be more than just acne. Other possibilities include cysts, enlarged oil glands and moles.