How to Remove Sebum Plugs on the Nose

By Monica Patrick

Sebum plugs show up in the nose skin when dirt and facial oil blocks pores and normal oil secretion, creating blackheads. Sebum plugs are painless, unless infected, but may be sore to the touch. Besides the discomfort, sebum plugs are unattractive and difficult to cover with makeup. Remove these blemishes on your nose and restore your skin's healthy look. There are several methods to use to remove the plugs and return your skin to normal secretion and perspiration.

Blackheads can appear overnight but stay much longer.

Pore Strips

Step 1

Cleanse your face with a deep cleanser. After washing your face, rinse it with cool/warm water.

Step 2

Pat the skin dry with a towel. Apply the pore strip to the nose by removing the adhesive backing.

Step 3

Center the strip over the bridge of the nose. Gently press the strip down on the skin smoothing out wrinkles and creases.

Step 4

Allow the strip to dry for three to four minutes. Pull the adhesive off your nose gently. You will see sebum plugs on your pore strip.


Step 5

Wet your face with warm water. Wet a clean washcloth and wring out the excess water.

Step 6

Apply exfoliating scrub to your nose. Rub the scrub into your nose. Do this for one minute.

Step 7

Rinse the scrub with warm water. Pat the skin dry.

Step 8

Dab the toner on a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball over the nose area.

Removal Tool

Step 9

Fill a sink with hot water. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. The steam will loosen the sebum plugs in your skin.

Step 10

Dip the blackhead removal tool tip in the hot water. Place the circular end of the tool over the blackhead on your nose.

Step 11

Press down evenly on the skin surrounding the blackhead. The pressure will cause the plug to pop out of the skin.

Step 12

Remove the sebum plug with a warm cloth. Apply toner or an antiseptic to the open pore.