Say goodbye once and for all to those irritating little blemishes, thanks to expertly certified pore vacuums, spatula scrubbers, facial steamers, masks, and more.
If you’ve ever found yourself pinching your skin in front of a mirror to squeeze out an unwanted blackhead, you’re definitely not alone. Blackheads (which occur when pores become clogged with oil and dead cells and then oxidize when exposed to oxygen, turn black) are not only one of the most irritating skin problems, but they are also one of the most common. And without taking the appropriate steps, you can potentially do more damage than good to clean your skin of dirt, oil, and makeup.
What Causes Blackheads?
No one wants to deal with blackheads, but they’re a fact for all of us, at least some time in our lives, and they can be frustratingly stubborn to get rid of them! Knowing what triggers blackheads is the first step towards removing them so that you can enjoy clean, healthy skin.
Just like weeds begin deep in the forest, blackheads — technically known like open comedones — begin deep in the lining of our pores. They are simply a form of clogged pore; what happens is this:
- The oil gland creates excess oil
- The oil mixes dead skin cells and debris (like tiny hairs) in the pore liner
- The oil and debris mix passes through the pore to the surface of the skin, opening the pore.
Why do certain people with oily skin have little to no blackheads? While excess oil is a causative factor, the pore liner is also a factor. When the pore liner is broken, misshapen, or just smaller than usual, it makes it much easier for the clogs to form.
From brushes to patches and spatula-like tools, we’ve rounded up the best items to help shed blackheads for the better.
Rodan + Fields The Pore Cleansing MD System
Inspired by the strong demand for blackhead extractions that they heard in the office every day, Drs. Rodan and Fields have developed this user-friendly, home-based suction device that vacuums blackheads and blemishes with the aid of two interchangeable heads.
Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner
If the busting of blackheads and the nailing of a matte finish is what you’re aiming for, this minty-fresh toner delivers. Swipe the saw palmetto-and salicylic acid-infused cocktail onto the congested areas and watch the pores — and blackheads — shrink over time.
Skinmoso Peel & Fill 2 Step Mask Pack
A K-Beauty favorite, this gentle three-step procedure first loosens pores and dissolves impurities through a nose mask (instead of a sticky strip), then soothes with a second mask and softens the pores.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Po Facial Steamer
Proactiv Blackhead Dissolving Gel
REN Clean Skincare ClearCalm Non-Drying Acne Treatment Gel
Unlike its concrete counterparts, this acne gel does not dry a blemish to death; rather, it infuses the area with naturally-derived salicylic acid, botanicals and prebiotic chlorella extract to keep the skin clean and clear, not red and furious.
Dermaflash Dermapore Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser
This funky-looking device uses ultrasonic technology to produce a (very satisfying) deep-clean, painlessly moving grease, debris and gunk out of the pores in front of your eyes. Plus, the acoustic vibrations improve the penetration of the topical drugs deeper into the skin for a multiple, better-skinned wham.
PCA Skin Pore Minimizer Skin Mattifying Gel
A recent addition to my regular makeup kit, this niacinamide-and oleanolic acid-infused gel immediately softens the skin, decreases redness, improves hydration and prevents hyperpigmentation over time.