Blackheads are like the pesky ex-boyfriend who keeps calling you even six months after a breakup – they just keep coming back. But that doesn’t mean you should grant them permanent residence on your face. The key to getting rid of blackheads is exfoliation. Well, and extraction – but stay away from the metal tool unless you’re a legit beautician. Your next best bet? Exfoliating products.
Kose Sekkisei Clear Whitening Mask
The famed black mask can be a pain to remove – literally – but it’s effective in getting those blackheads out of your pores. Apply it on your whole face as a mask, or on your nose as a pore strip.
Laneige Blackhead Melting Gel
Watch your blackheads melt away with this pore-cleansing gel, which contains keratinase, or marine mico-organisms that remove oil and impurities. The product is affixed with a silicone brush to aid in exfoliation and stimulation for cell renewal.
CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Black Head Clear Kit (3 sets), $14.10
It’s important to close up your pores after you get rid of blackheads, and this kit makes it easier by providing a pore tightening mask so you don’t have to scour your vanity table for one. First, apply the blackhead clear mask, then use the cotton bud provided to slough away the dissolved blackhead and oil, before applying the pore tightening mask.
CAOLION Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack, $35, Sephora
The unique thing about this pack is that it utilises steaming effect to remove blackheads and dead skin cells. It contains four star ingredients to give you smoother skin: natural sparkling water for moisture; steam-activated charcoal powder to unclog you pores and get rid of excess sebum; grain powder to slough away dead skin cells, and mineral-enriched volcanic ash to soothe your skin.
Mario Badescu Silver Powder, $27, Sephora
Unlike most blackhead remover, this doesn’t involve any peeling. Rather, all you gotta do is dip a moist cotton ball into the powder and apply on the affected areas, and then use a toner to remove the powder. It promises to get rid of blackheads in just 10 minutes – which is the duration you should leave the powder on your face.
LipHop Bye Bye Pore-Cleanse Blackhead Zero Soft Clay Mask, $12.90, Guardian
Packed with anti-bacterial tea tree leaf water and purifying mineral-rich fine Volcanic Ash powder from Jeju Island, this mask not only gets rid of your blackheads, but also prevents acne. Plus, the affordable price tag means you don’t have to save up for weeks just to get a tube!
Murad Blackhead And Pore Clearing Duo, $99, Guardian
The brand is well-known for its acne range, so when it promises to eliminate blackheads and reduce clogged pores, you know you got to try this. Based on online reviews, most people could see a significant reduction in blackheads after their first use!
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead 3-step Program
If you loved their Jeju volcanic pore products, you’ll love this because it uses the same active ingredients. The three-step procedure involves opening up the pores, removing blackheads, and then tightening the pores – all with three different masks. The whole process can take up to 45 minutes, but hey, beauty comes with a price (affordable, in this case) and effort.