More hair on your head? Amazing. On your nose? Not that much.
While your first thought might be to reach your tweezers, in reality you could end up doing more harm than good if you pull it off. This is because the nasal hair (although definitely annoying) actually has a purpose: it is the first line of defense of your body against bacteria and germs in the nasal cavity.
More information: Cilia (the technical term for nose hair) is part of the system that protects your lungs from dirt and debris entering the respiratory tract. "Not only do they help filter out incoming invaders, but they move slowly to get together and prevent dirt from reaching the passage of the breath and gain access to the bloodstream," says Julie Russak, MD, of the Russak Dermatology Clinic in the City of New York.
If I did not have nasal hair, I could get an infection … or worse.
"Nasal hair removal will make the nasal cavity and sinus completely vulnerable to what enters," says Dr. Russak. "As a result, you are very susceptible to attacks of allergy, sinusitis and respiratory infections."
So do not get rid of him completely, I got it! Fortunately, there are some things approved by a dermatologist that you can do to minimize the appearance of nasal hair without risking your health.
Dr. Russak says that the best option, and the safest one, is to bet on eliminating (part of your most serious) nose hair. Ideally, you'll want to grab scissors to trim or a hair clipper on your nose since "the scissors for cutting are designed at an angle and specifically to cut out these hard-to-reach areas," she says.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Front scissors
No trimmer? No problem. You can also reach the same scissors that you use to shape your eyebrows. Simply use a magnifying mirror, make sure you are in a well-lit area and clean your nose and scissors before beginning.
Like trimming, an electric buzzer is a safe and easy way to remove nasal hair. This quick and painless method will save you time compared to cutting with scissors, and more and more brands are making electric facial buzzers designed with women in mind.
This discreet Panasonic trimmer, for example, can also be used on eyebrows and other facial hair, and the internal rotating blade cuts the hair without pulling it.
Precision facial hair clipper Panasonic ER-GN25VP
3. Laser hair removal
If you are looking for a more permanent solution because the hair on your nose is caused by age or hormonal problems, then laser hair removal may be your best option, but be sure to go to a professional for a safe (and effective) experience.
"We treat the edges of the hair on the nose, which is a typical problem for our patients, but we can not do it completely," says Christian Karavolas, owner of the Romeo & Juliet laser hair removal in New York City. "To do this safely, we lifted one side of the nostril slightly and fired the laser sideways."
Karavolas recommends ordering the Splendor X machine for the least amount of pain. One thing worth mentioning: although laser hair removal is an effective solution that will last, it is certainly more expensive and takes longer than trimming.
And remember: do not do it. Try. Depilation with wax or tweezers.
These methods of hair removal in the nose are not only incredibly painful, but they are unsafe, since they involve the complete elimination of the hair follicle, which makes it more prone to deal with swelling or infection.
"As a result, you are very susceptible to attacks of allergy, sinusitis and respiratory infections," says Dr. Russak. The infection is not the worst either. "If a nasal infection were to travel upstream and enter the junction where other veins join, it could pose a serious health risk, as it now presents a passage for the bacteria directly in the brain.
Bacteria in the brain = not something you want, right? So let's continue with one of the three nose hair removal methods above. OK thanks!