19 Powerful Products That Zap Away Blackheads
By Danielle Fontana , Associate Editor |
Blackheads. The mere word makes our skin crawl, and chances are if you suffer from them, you’ve been fighting the battle for far too long. Sure, shelves are lined with products formulated to help treat, remove and camouflage them, but which really do the trick? From brushes to patches, we’ve rounded up the best products to help ditch blackheads for good.
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We’ve all used a clay mask when our skin is bugging out, but creamy and hydrating are the last words we’d use to describe them—until now. This surprising white clay– and salicylic acid–infused exfoliator boasts a milky formula to draw out blackheads and impurities while improving the look of large pores, too.
The instant this highly active powder formula activates upon contact with water, ingredients including activated binchotan charcoal and niacinamide begin to work their magic as dirt, oil and grime trapped deep within pores—as well as environmental pollutants often creating a dull complexion—all get washed down the drain.
Bioré Baking Soda Acne Scrub ($7.50)
Crafted for combination skin, this exfoliating scrub cleanses with baking soda to remove dead skin cells and grime that are likely the cause of your unwanted breakouts while also treating any existing acne and curbing future breakouts with a hefty dose of salicylic acid without drying out skin.
M-61 Powerspot Pads ($24 for 10)
Each of these petite clarifying pads is packed with salicylic acid, tea tree, camphor, aloe and witch hazel to cleanse problematic skin, then unblock pores, erase blackheads and reverse blemishes. Focus on your problem areas like your chin and T-zone or, if you have problematic skin in general, the pad contains more than enough treatment to use around the entire face for a clean sweep.
Designed for daily use, this concentrated, water-activated powder cleanser transforms into a creamy cleanser packed with bamboo charcoal to exfoliate and clear pores of dirt, toxins, blackheads and debris to reveal refreshed and squeaky-clean skin beneath.
PUR Joystick ($26)
This travel-friendly cleansing stick clears out pores with help from charcoal and Moroccan lava clay much like a mask would, but features the benefits of a cleanser, exfoliator and toner, as well. Specifically formulated for congested, acne-prone skin, this foaming solid is no joke for blackheads everywhere.
This lightweight serum uses white willow bark water and betaine salicylate to act as a vacuum for stubborn blackheads and prevent new ones from forming. After cleansing, simply apply one or two pumps to problem areas and watch as your blackheads drastically reduce in severity in no time at all.
This powerful mud mask uses charcoal to draw impurities out of your pores and unclog them right before your eyes. Apply a thin layer to your trouble spots (this works on breakouts, blackheads or ingrown hairs), and you'll see dots of vacuum extractions through the mud when it's ready to be removed. Your skin will be left looking healthy and radiant.
Not your average bar of soap, this one contains detoxifying charcoal to deep clean pores from blackhead-causing oil and grime. Lather in between your hands with water, then apply all over your face and body for a total detox.
Dr. Jart+ Blackhead Master Patch ($35 for box of five masks; $8 for a single sheet)
This two-step nose treatment goes beyond your regular blackhead patch. The first step, the dry patch, removes blackheads and whiteheads, and the second step, the moist patch, retightens pores. Recommended for congested T-zones and dark pores, this treatment takes anywhere from 20–30 minutes (depending on how long you want to keep each patch on), and leaves your pores feeling clean and tight.
This powder is specifically formulated to target excessive and stubborn blackheads. Once or twice a week, dip a water-dampened cotton ball into the powder and press it onto your nose, chin or any other blackhead-congested area on your face and wait 10 minutes until it's fully hardened. Wipe off with a toner or astringent, and voila—clean pores.
This professional-grade physical and chemical exfoliator works to reduce the appearance of large pores by removing blackheads and other impurities while keeping oil and shine at bay. In just one use, your skin is smoothed, your blackheads are notably less visible and your pores are tightened.
Stubborn and deep-set blackheads call for something a little stronger than a washcloth. This pore-targeting collection works overtime to flush and refine pores for an instant detox. After just one use, your pores will look and feel cleaner, and will respond better to creams, serums and other blackhead-removing products.
This 2-in-1 blackhead fighter can be used two different ways: as a daily cleanser to unclog pores and keep them clear, or as a deep-penetrating mask to eliminate even the most stubborn blackheads while preventing new ones from forming. Formulated with maximum-strength salicylic acid, this cleanser/mask works to keep blackheads away for up to three weeks.
This fast-acting two-step treatment is made up of Murad’s Blackhead Remover, which extracts stubborn debris from deep inside pores, and a Pore Refining Sealer, that works to reduce blackheads and protect against impurities to prevent new ones from forming.