Many men grab a few nose hairs with their fingers and pluck them.
Yeah it’s painful and undesirable and unhealthy. Nose around this piece to find out more.
The Usefulness of Nose Hair
Nose hair may look unglamorous and cockroach-y, but fulfills an important function. It stops harmful particles in the air from getting into your nose and then on into your lungs. It calls for love and respect but all you do is hate it.
Nasal hair acts as a strong barrier and prevents the entry the harmful particles/pollutants into the respiratory system/lungs.
The air we breathe in is impure. It contains dust, smoke, sand and many other pollutants. Your nose hair traps these pathogens, which are then expelled out by sneezing. Nose hair even protects the epidermal skin from injuries and harmful UV radiations by creating a protective barrier around it.
It adds moisture to the air we breathe in, making the respiratory system healthy. Turbinates (tissues inside the nasal cavity) contain a large network of blood vessels that heat the air to body temperature and then add moisture to it.
Complete removal of nose hair may cause severe allergies, sinuses and other respiratory problems.
On Plucking or Removing Nostril Hair
Plucking nose hair can be intentional or unintentional. For example, when nose hair is pulled out because of trichotillomania (an irresistible desire to pull hair from different body parts), it represents an unintentional act.
Your hair is deep rooted in your skin. When you pull it, the act breaks the skin layer. It may even make you lose a little blood. Bacteria then can easily thrive in the injured area. Typically, blood vessels on the face do not have enough protective valves — and that makes a gateway for the bacteria to enter the blood and cause an infection.
The nose is also very close to the brain and chances are that this infection may commute all the way to your gray matter and maybe turn you into a zombie.
If the infection reaches the point where the blood vessels of the nose and brain meet, it may cause a blockage and impact your general health. This condition is referred to as intracranial thrombophlebitis or “triangle of death” (the area between your nose and the upper lip).
Plus: your family, friends, and colleagues may mock you if they find you plucking nose hair. This may work as a huge social downer.
Make sure you use a grooming device the next time you need to snip off nose hair.
Nose Hair Removal, Step-By-Step
Are you a nose hair removal newbie? Or are you a pro who may have got it all wrong? Are you an amateur who’s worried he’s using the trimmer incorrectly? Here’s a step by step guide to do it right:
- Nose hair must be removed safely with sanitized scissors and clippers or trimmers. They should not be plucked out, because that may cause an infection.
- The nose hair remover golden rule says — Trim only hair that peeps outwards. But, you may like to trim a little more depending on its overgrowth.
- The tip of scissor must be small and its blades must be sharp enough for easy and neat trimming.
- Stand before a mirror. Ensure there is sufficient lighting so that you can easily view the nose hair. Be careful while clipping off nose hair. You may pick up a nasal infection if the trimmer’s blades cut your skin.
- Trim hair that protrudes outwards at the nose rim. Push the nose upwards with a finger to view hair that otherwise cannot be easily seen. Dispose off the trimmed hair. Clean trimmers and clippers with water. Exhale forcefully to blow out the hair trimming.
- Discard the trimmed hair. Wash the scissors or trimmer blades with water or wipe them with a clean tissue/napkin/towel.
- Blowout nose to remove any nasal goobers before trimming. Do not trim nose hair when you are suffering from cold, flu or other nasal infection.
Finally, know that snipping nose hair does not alter your sense of smell. Nose hair traps pathogens and organisms present in the air, thereby ensuring healthy lungs. Your olfactory senses help you detect odours, irrespective of the fact your nose hair is trimmed or not.
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