I’m sure you have many times squeezed at the skin on our noses and chins with abandon trying to extract the gunk inside our pores. It was fascinating and a bit cathartic, but painful—and not to mention, pretty inconclusive. After a day or two, those pesky spots would reappear, and there we were, once again, fingers in position pushing and prodding our pores.
Blackheads are the termites of skincare—they’re difficult to get rid of and keep coming back. And as we’ve previously learned, pore strips aren’t a safe solution—in fact, they even have the potential to make your pores appear larger, so we thought we’d turn to a few top skincare experts for the safe blackhead treatments they would actually recommend themselves.
Top 10 Best Treatment For Blackheads In UK 2021
Read on for the best blackhead removers available for purchase, according to our careful selection.
1. Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
You can use chemicals to dissolve the upper layer of dead skin cells. So things like glycolic acid, salicylic acid or chemical peels” explains Dr Mahto. “AHAs (alpha-hydroxy-acids) are really good for treating blackheads, so they are basically your glycolic acids and your lactic acids.
Then you have your BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), like salicylic acid, they cause a chemical disintegration of the top layer of the skin cells, so they dissolve everything, and that unblocks the pores.”
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2. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor
This mask features a purifying white clay mask that has salicylic acid and natural exfoliants to help draw out impurities, scrub away blackheads, and shrink pores.
This can be used for oily, combination, and sensitive skin types. It leaves the skin feeling deep-cleaned and looking refreshed. And most of all, pores look less visible and blackhead-free.
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3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+
If you’re trying to decongest your skin “look out for non-comedogenic products (aka, products that won’t clog your pores).” Says Dr Mahto. “I don’t like to use oils or oil cleansers on acne-prone skin, coconut oil for example, is highly comedogenic so I’d avoid it if you’re prone to breakouts and blackheads.”
Pay attention to textures, you don’t need thick heavy creams, and I would avoid ingredients like petroleum, shea butter and glycerin, essentially any ingredient designed to be really moisturising to the skin as they’ll also clog the pores.
Instead, look out for lightweight gel formulas and ingredients such as salicylic, benzoyl peroxide, witch hazel and niacinamide. We’d recommend using a product like La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo+.
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4. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
A potent blend of BHA salicylic acid, this exfoliating tonic helps to remove dead skin cells both on the skin’s surface and deeper within the pore. Anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce blemishes and blackheads for a more clarified complexion.
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5. Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Charcoal Nose Strips
Stop squeezing and pinching your pores to remove blackheads. Target them with Pure Active Anti-Blackhead strips enriched with charcoal. In just 10 minutes your pores are visibly clearer and unclogged. Our dermatologically tested strips are incredibly efficient at removing blackheads, excess sebum and impurities from your T-zone area (chin, nose, forehead) leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh.
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6. Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Oil-Free Cleanser
Blackheads are niggly enough, you don’t want to have to spend half your pay packet getting rid of them, too.
Thankfully this ultra-affordable cleanser will help do the trick on a budget. It removes dead skin cells, oil and dirt trapped deep within the pores to tackle blackheads at their root.
Over time, you’ll develop a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.
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7. YUNCHI Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush Electric
Yunchi is sturdy silicone facial cleansing brush designed to offer quick and smooth operations. The soft silicone gel material provides stable operations for added comfort and convenience. This silicone brush features active ingredients of exclusive bamboo and charcoal materials, which is safe for all skin types.
It delivers quick and powerful cleaning for your face and can remove up to 90% of dirt, makeup. With the high-density bristles, you enjoy a soothing effect for years without a glitch. Another thing, bamboo charcoal offers effective absorption, ensuring that you have the most reliable results.
It delivers four different operating modes. With the abundant fine bristles, the product provides effective and proper cleansing of your face.
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8. Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask
Cetaphil Purifying Clay Mask is designed to purify skin and deep clean pores. It absorbs excess oil and helps improve skin tone
Gentle purifying clay mask is designed to deep clean pores and reduce excess oil and shine so that skin is left feeling ultra-clean and refreshed. Specially formulated with 2 gentle clays, Bentonite clay absorbs oil and pore-clogging impurities, minimizing the appearance of pores, while Amazonian kaolin clay gently exfoliates to lift away dead skin cells and help improve skin tone and texture.
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9. Neutrogena Clear Skin Sunscreen Lotion
Neutrogena Clear Skin Sunscreen Lotion is not an intensive treatment or peeling product, it is a sunscreen that protects skin from UV rays as well as airborne dirt. Sunlight and dirt are the two main causes of blackheads, so this product will help you limit the impact of the environment on your skin.
Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen is fragrance free and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It helps keep your skin protected from the sun during outdoor activities.
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10. St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea & Bamboo Scrub
St. Ives Green Tea Scrub helps fight blemishes and clear blackheads. A dermatested, blackhead-tackling scrub made with salicylic acid. It moderately exfoliates, helping to clear blackheads, unclog pores, for a more even skin tone.
Overall, we feel this scrub is really good for mild whiteheads and blackheads and that too for younger skin of 20s, not of late 20s when we need much stronger and heavy formulation to treat our ageing plus problematic skin, especially oily and acne-prone skin, you know what I mean? I think I will consider it for winters when my skin tends to become slight dry that too in conjunction with other products.
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How to treat blackheads for you
Why do we get blackheads?
We all have pores and when those pores become blocked with debris, oil, or dead skin cells, that’s when you get a blackhead. The reason they look black is because all the oils in them become oxidised. It’s not the dirt that is black, it is just oxidised oil.
How are blackheads different to white heads?
When it comes to blackheads, the pore remains open, whereas when you get a white head the pore has become blocked over – and then you get a little pustule.
And what’s the best way to treat blackheads?
There are loads of ways you can get rid of blackheads, however the underlying problem is the excess oil that is being produced. So whatever treatments you do, blackheads will always naturally reform every 20 to 40 days. Annoying, we know. This means doing a one-off treatment won’t permanently get rid of them, the blackheads will come back. Tackling them needs to be an ongoing process.”
We know blackheads are an extremely annoying problem for those who are victims of them, but pressing acne is not good at all, it will negatively affect your skin later.
So to restore and maintain your skin, we have researched and selected useful products for you to choose from, to eliminate and limit blackheads.