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I have noticed now that I am paying much closer attention that I had fairly large pours on my nose.  These will clog with tiny black heads if gone unchecked BUT they never turn into pimples or anything worse.  Just you can see then up close.  (Gross.)

How would one keep these cleaned out and reduce their size?  

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Use a good cleanser regularly and moisturize.  Its important to clean your face daily.  Using an exfoliant once a week wouldn't be a bad idea either.  I like Neutrogena products; they are reasonably priced, there is no "name brand tax" and they are readily available at your favorite store.  

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I have the same issue, but it’s getting much better since I started a facial care routine. I use a facial cleanser with salicylic acid (SA) to clean and specifically on my nose and other problem areas on my face, I use a moisturizer with SA. I’ve been at it for 2 months and am already seeing a great improvement in pore reduction and “blackheads”. Let me know if you want the product specifics. 

Something interesting I read, is they may not be traditional blackheads, but due to the size of the pores you may just actually be seeing the hair follicle. Shrinking the pores will clear up both issues. Good luck Shawna. *hugs*

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49 minutes ago, SaraAW said:

I have the same issue, but it’s getting much better since I started a facial care routine. I use a facial cleanser with salicylic acid (SA) to clean and specifically on my nose and other problem areas on my face, I use a moisturizer with SA. I’ve been at it for 2 months and am already seeing a great improvement in pore reduction and “blackheads”. Let me know if you want the product specifics. 

Something interesting I read, is they may not be traditional blackheads, but due to the size of the pores you may just actually be seeing the hair follicle. Shrinking the pores will clear up both issues. Good luck Shawna. *hugs*

Using a 10x mirror I do see tiny hairs in each that I had not noticed before.  I was able to get most of them cleared out "manually" and then nuked it with good ole rubbing alcohol.  This seemed to clean the area nicely.  But moving forward I intend to use a better product that doesn't make me cry.  LOL

Please forward me the specific products you use to a PM. 


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Our noses unfortunately get ignored, but they need good skin care as well.  Growing up as a male, my face was always being exfoliated with the razor, but not the nose of course.  Mine needed special attention, so I now always exfoliate the skin on my nose, use a good cleanser and regularly apply a good rejuvenation creme.  I use Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair under my moisturizer.  It doesn't eliminate wrinkles, but it has reduced the size of my pores, especially the ones on my nose.





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I'm still working out the kinks on my own facial skin-care routine, especially since I have a naturally oily complexion (I'm honestly surprised I haven't been contacted by Haliburton, yet). But I've settled on gently scrubbing my face with one of those silicone face pads with the little conical bristles, first with antibacterial hand soap, and then with PanOxyl face wash. Then, I follow up with some Neutrogena HydroBoost. Once that dries, I use a facial moisturizer with an SPF 35. I use that pretty liberally morning and night, and since then, I no longer have a strawberry-like skin texture. 


Just make sure anything you put on your face says "non-comedogenic" so it won't clog your pores and, if you're not using moisturizer, you really should. A good, non-oily face moisturizer, preferably with hyaluronic acid, will help plump up those pores so they won't be quite so open and exposed most of the time. 

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Since being on hrt for 3 months my skin does not get oily at all anymore.  Not dry either.  Once I manually removed the black head, IE squeezed the crap out of them, I hit it a few times with plain old rubbing alcohol and basically sterilized them.  They have not returned and since have shrunk down to barely noticeable in a 10x mirror.  
I do moisturizer daily after shaving but I do not have a hard core cleansing routine yet.  Once I’m doing makeup daily I will need to obviously.  . 

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So, it is my understanding from watching Youtube videos (for whatever that's worth) by a female dermatologist, blackheads, and pimples are completely different critters, and there is such as thing as just a goopy pour.  I used to be super oily.  Like someone else said, I was expecting offers from oil companies for drilling rights.  Since HRT I am less oily  (another awesome bonus of being a trans girl).  I got a couple of sample packs of those Biore strips somewhere for free.  I used those to unclog my pours on my nose.  I wash with a foaming facial cleanser daily.  I use Sephora HYA All Day Hydration as a moisturizer and I haven't had a lot of problems.  A cosmetologist told me moisturizing makes it so my body doesn't need to pump out the oil.  It is counter-intuitive, but at the same time makes sense.  Even when I do little else but brush my teeth and shower in the morning, the moisturizer goes on faithfully.

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