We all have them; we’d all like not to. For many of us with oily or combination skin, blackheads are a cruel, unjust reality. They are to your face what trolls are to the online arena: all over the place and totally uninvited.
The cause of blackheads is simple enough; they’re caused by excess oils that have accumulated in a widened hair follicle. But the upkeep and extractions to keep that oil and skin debris from forming in its natural habitat (aka your pores) can feel like a full-time job. Facials can help, but in the absence of the right products, they’re just half the battle. There are so many items on the market that promise to magically eradicate them, but anyone who’s afflicted can tell you that precious few really do the job.
Fortunately, K-beauty has pore gunk control on lock. Here, our best blackhead busters that help dissolve those pesky pore clogs and keep skin clear.
The first rule of avoiding clogged pores is double cleansing to get rid of makeup, dirt, oil, and pollution at night before bed. Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Oil is our pick; its green tea-infused formula gently removes makeup to keep skin balanced and fresh. It’s free of mineral oils and deep cleans pores while soothing skin. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants. After, apply your cleanser to damp skin and rinse well, especially around the hairline, as blackheads can appear if makeup gets stuck there.
A weekly peel will also keep blackheads at bay. Whamisa Organic Seeds Peeling Finger Mitt is a perfectly portioned treatment, so you can keep the guesswork out of how much formula you need to clarify congested pores. It contains rice and barley extract to brighten and pore-purifying BHA (salicylic acid) to dislodge dead skin cells and impurities in the deeper layers of the skin. The peel also boasts natural fermented organic seeds and organic rice to make sure your pores stay clog-free.
Charcoal is so good at absorbing toxins, it’s even administered internally in emergency rooms to patients who have ingested poisonous substances. It often makes a cameo in skin care and we love it in a sheet mask, like the Eight Wonders Choc Choc Black Propolis Sheet Mask. Smooth it onto your face and leave it on for 15 minutes while you Netflix. The skin-detoxifying and clarifying bamboo charcoal formula replenishes skin with propolis and hyaluronic acid for instant glow and hydration.
Use an Exfoliating Pad
If you’re looking for a quick, effective way to prevent blackheads, incorporate exfoliating pads into your routine. Right after cleansing, we recommend using the Whamisa by Glow Studio Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pads to buff away dead skin cells and dry flakes. They’re made with charcoal extracts and levulinic acid, which detoxify and deep cleanse the skin, and antioxidant-rich chai tea, which helps hydrate skin. They take less than a minute to use, are gentle enough to use up to three times a week, and will leave you with a serious glow.
A clarifying clay mask and foaming cleanser in one, this multi-tasking overachiever is great to take on weekend jaunts to sunny locales this summer for brightening and toning on the go. Make P:Rem’s Radiance Cleansing Pack cleanses pores with kaolin clay, which acts as a magnet to attract impurities and deep cleanse the pores without drying your skin. It also contains vitamin C to brighten and apple extract to even out skin tone.
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