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5 Best Tools to Remove Blackheads

Blackheads don't stand a chance thanks to these reviewer-approved tools.


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It’s bad practice to squeeze blackheads as it can cause damage to your skin, and they’re likely to come back. The best route to treat and remove blackheads is to use gels or a suction device that pull the grit from your pores.

Blackheads are a result of dirt, oils, and grit building up within the pores in your skin. Over time, they become inflamed and more noticeable, especially if you happen to have been born with large pores.

Before you get started

You should open up your pores before you extract your blackheads. You can do this by washing your face with luke-warm water. Once you have extracted, and your face is cleansed, be sure to close your pores by washing your face with cold water.

Here are some of the best, reviewer-approved ways to remove blackheads.

Proactiv Blackhead Dissolving Gel

$35.00, Ulta

Why we like it:

  • Helps unclog pores
  • Designed to help restore softness and clarity to the skin
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-Comedogenic

Formulated to unclog your facial pores, Proactiv Blackhead Dissolving gel cleanses excess oils dissolve blackheads. Apply a few times a week and, in no time, your skin will be soothed from irritation and left glowing.

One reviewer wrote: “Just used one time before bed and results were almost immediate! Blackheads/whiteheads surfaced that I didn’t even know were there. Applied to clean, dry face- only need a small amount. Massaged to entire face, wait 5 minutes, then rinsed with warm water. In the morning my skin felt soft and no redness. I’ve struggled with adult acne and so many different products! Where has this been my whole life! Will be using on my 12 yr old son tonight!”


$169.00, Sephora

Why we like it:

  • 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute
  • Remove 98.5 percent of dirt, oil, and makeup residue

The Foreo Luna 2 is easy to use — simply apply a cleanser or face scrub onto the device and will remove 98.5 percent of dirt, oil, and makeup residue. There are 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute which reach down to the depth of your pores. Not only does it cleanse your skin, but also prevents aging, removing fine lines and wrinkles.

One reviewer wrote: “I have been using the Foreo Luna 2 for over a year and I absolutely love it! I have cystic acne and this has truly helped keep my breakouts to a minimum. It keeps my face feeling fresh and clean. I had the Foreo Luna Play prior and its battery didn’t last very long. The Luna 2 is rechargeable and has different intensity levels, which is very convenient. I highly recommend it.”

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

$199.00, Sephora

Why we like it:

  • Patented spinning disc technology
  • Perfectly calibrated vacuum suction

This Microderm is proven to work at pulling blackheads, dirt, and unwanted oils from the pores of your skin; for best results, use weekly. Just as good as having it done by a professional, but instead you can do it from your own home!

  • A panel of 30 women was selected by NewBeauty to test the Personal Microderm:
  • 96 percent noticed their skincare products absorbed better
  • 95 percent felt more confident in their skin after using the Personal Microderm
  • 100 percent found their skin smoother and softer after using the Personal Microderm

One reviewer wrote: “LOVE THIS PRODUCT! It works so well, the video was helpful on how to first the product. It’s an investment, but totally worth it! My skin has cleared (acne) and just has a natural glow to it now. I hardly wear make up — no joke!”

DERMAFLASH DERMAPORE Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser

$99.00, Ulta

Why we like it:

  • Unique rounded spatula shape for a more comfortable experience and better access around the nose
  • Deep cleans the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Increases circulation

This two-in-one Dermapore extracts the grit from your pores and infuses serum and moisturizers, encouraging circulation and leaves astonishing results. The device has a water-resistant silicone body and is comfortable to hold. You can use a few times a week to see results.

One reviewer wrote: “I am in love with this product! I have been using this for several months and it has effectively cleaned out the gunk from my pores and left my face feeling smooth and left my pores smaller. Every time I use this, I feel like I have a brand new, fresh face. Use this after the shower (so your pores are open) and watch all of the residues and dirty this product extracts from your neck and face. I highly recommend this product if you have oily skin, clogged pores, congestion in your skin, etc. It is life-changing.”

Luxe + Willow Areo Pore Suction Vacuum

$28.00, Urban Outfitters

Why we like it:

  • Dimensions: 1.18”l x 1.1”w x 5.5”h
  • Wireless

Convenient, affordable, and effective, this portable suction vacuum is a great choice if you’re on the go and want to extract blackheads — without spending hundreds of dollars. This handy tool requires only two AAA batteries.

One reviewer wrote: “When I got this I didn’t think it was going to work well. But it has 3 settings and they all get the job done. It was definitely worth buying!”

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