Products That Effectively Remove Blackheads So You Can Bid Goodbye To Strawberry Nose
If blackheads were a person, they would be that pesky ex-boyfriend who keeps calling you even six months after a breakup. And even though they keep coming back again and again, it 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.
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The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid Exfoliant, $20
Apply this to clean skin in the morning and at night and watch the blackheads disappear. Salicylic acid sinks into pores to dislodge plugs of sebum, dead skin and debris that cause blackheads or white heads. Don’t forget to use sunscreen as this could increase sensitivity to the sun.
Sephora Collection Blackhead Peel Off Mask, $25
With 89 per cent natural-origin ingredients including glycolic acid from sugarcane and aloe vera, this helps smooth skin while tackling blackheads. It’s easy to use, doesn’t feel tight as it dries on skin and doesn’t leave any residue.
Mamonde Pore Clean Stick, $18
After cleansing, gently massage the stick over areas of concern. A combination of clay and Heartleaf help clear blackheads and impurities. Heartleaf, also known as Eoseongcho in Korea, is known for it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and sebum regulating properties, which makes it ideal for anyone who has oily skin or is prone to blackheads.
Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask, $63
This mask also doubles as a spot treatment to treat annoying blackheads. Colloidal sulphur and bentonite together combat acne and blackheads, enlarged pores and excess oil. It balances and purifies skin to keep it clear and prevent future blackheads and breakouts.
Kose Sekkisei Clear Whitening Mask, $35
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 Mini Pore Heating & Clean Duo
Watch your blackheads melt away with this mild two-step kit. First, use the heating gel to melt excess oil, and then use the creamy cacao walnut clay mask to absorb the melted oil.
CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Black Head Clear Kit (3 sets), $14.10, Guardian
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, $34, 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.
Jeju Volcanic Blackhead 3-Step Program, $4
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.