The Truth About Nose Hair And Why You Should Never Pluck It


While visible body hair is increasingly becoming
socially acceptable for all, prominent nose hair is something that everyone might be tempted
to remove, and we can’t really blame them. Nose hair can be unsightly and can grow thicker
and more prominent as people age, leaving even those who may have let nose hair grow
freely in their younger years wanting to remove it. “Oh! I can smell the universe.” Should they, though? Nose hair actually has a pretty specific purpose. This is about to get a little technical, so
bear with us. It turns out that you actually have two kinds
of nose hair. First, there are the vibrissae, aka the visible
nose hairs that are oh-so-tempting to yank out of your nostrils. Then you have smaller hairs, the microscopic
cilia. These hairs filter mucus through to the back
of your nose where it eventually goes to your stomach. So what’s so bad about plucking nose hairs? While it may not seem like it, your nose is
actually guarding passageways to other parts of your body. If you mess with that passageway, you risk
putting your entire body in danger. Think of the vibrissae as the first line of
defense when it comes to nose health. Those nose hairs keep germs and particles
from sliding down to your stomach along with all that mucus. Plucking your nose hairs, however, opens the
door to infection, because when the hair follicles are pulled out, it leaves room for the germs
to get in. Once an infection hits your nose, it could
potentially be passed on to your brain since the veins that carry blood from your nose
connect to the veins that carry blood from your brain. In severe cases, this spread of infection
could lead to meningitis or brain abscess. While those outcomes might seem extreme, a
lack of nose hair could also lead to sinusitis and allergy attacks. This means that if you’re already susceptible
to respiratory problems, you have even more of a reason to let those nose hairs grow. Even if you don’t get an infection, plucking
those nose hairs could still lead to uncomfortable ingrown hairs and damaged mucous membranes
inside the nose. Plucking your nose hair with tweezers is bad
enough, but even worse than doing that is using your fingers to get rid of unwanted
nose hair. When you use your fingers to pluck your nose
hairs, you aren’t just opening your nose up to potential infection but introducing a whole
host of germs to your nostrils. You’re also more likely to break the skin
of your nose this way. Dr. Barry Cohen told Dollar Shave Club, “A break in the skin from removing nose hairs
can cause overgrowth and a local cellulitis which can spread and become sepsis. Stop ripping nose hair out with your fingers!” Assuming you’ve heard all this and still insist
on grooming your nose hair, there are much, much safer options than digging in your nostrils
with your dirty fingers or with a pair of tweezers. If you absolutely must do something about
your nose hair, consider trimming it with scissors designed for the task. To be completely safe, you’ll want to invest
in the right equipment. Scissors with sharp tips are not a good fit
here, for obvious reasons. Go with a round tip for the safest trim. It’s also best to remove your excess nose
hair in a well lit area with the help of a magnifying mirror. Before starting, make sure that you’ve cleaned
your nose and the scissors. Electric nose trimmers are another viable
option. Just make sure that you’re focusing on excess
nose hair. If you limit your nose hair removal to just
the overgrowth and make sure to leave most of the hair in place, you can keep your nose
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9 thoughts on “The Truth About Nose Hair And Why You Should Never Pluck It

  1. My long nose hair causes my body to inflame, overbuild histamines, sneeze, think it has the flu, etc. I trimmed my nose hair every week- which stopped all the problems. Now I wax once a week too. I breathe much easier and my nose isn't swollen anymore.

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