So when you think of blackheads think of products with salicylic acid in them. Salicylic is a beta-hydroxy acid that not only exfoliates the surface skin but it also penetrates the pores to root out dirt and oil. Of course, salicylic alone doesn't always do the trick so I recommend trying these as well:
All the sales assistants at the stores are crazy for Murad Blackhead & Pore Clearing Duo and it's scientifically proven to work. Not only does it clear out existing blackheads but it seals the pores to prevent more from forming. Step one of the duo is like a clay mask that you leave on for ten minutes and rinse off. Then you follow it up with the Pore Refining Sealer, then more again twelve hours later. The products are not sold separately, but using them together is what really truly works.
Everyone has heard of the Clairsonic Cleansing Brush, but if you didn't know, it has a Deep Pore Replacement Brush Head available. Clairsonic Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a good accompaniment but I would only use it on the blackhead areas unless you have really oily skin. This cleanser, of course, contains salicylic acid. Virtually everyone loves a Clairsonic and the reason it is different from other cleansing brushes is it is powered by sonic technology which cleanses the skin six times deeper than manual cleansing alone. The only person I wouldn't recommend a Clairsonic for is really sensitive or rosacea skin. There are several models of Clairsonic but to keep it simple; the Mia has one speed (medium), the Mia2 has two speeds, and the Mia3 has three speeds. The fastest speed being of course the deepest cleaning.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha-Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula Daily Peel is one of the best things you can do for your skin in general. It's pricey but totally worth it. It also comes in a sensitive skin formula and a regular strength formula for skin that isn't used to exfoliation (you can use this one to start out slow). There are imitators out there but believe me no one can compare to this secret formula of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. One of the reasons this combo works is that the mix of BHA acid (remember roots out dirt and oil) and AHA (to throughly keep the surface of the skin clear) enhance each other. It is non-irritating and safe enough to use every or every-other day. It's an easy-to-use two step process - use it on your blackheads for sure, but the rest of your skin will become totally radiant.
Another great way to stay on top of blackheads is to get monthly microdermabrasion treatments at a spa. Some spas will even have a package deal if you buy a series of treatments. Microdermabrasion is like a gentle version of sandblasting but using various different micro-particles - often crystals. To me this is the most perfect form of exfoliation, but is best done by a professional type machine. I LOVE getting microdermabrasion - it makes your skin look so fantastic!
I WANT TO TRY: Bliss Pore-fector Gadget Skincare Device. This electric tool loosens up dirt and oil using sonic vibrations from a metal plate. It just seems like something used at a spa. Apparently it really works.
One final note: I beg you not to use a this evil tool to squeeze out your blackheads. It is difficult to gage the amount of pressure you are actually exerting with a blemish extractor and too much pressure can break blood vessels or cause other scarring. If you have to squeeze the little devils please just use your (sanitized) fingers and a tissue. In many states blemish extractors are actually illegal to use in spas. Enough said.
pics stolen from Dermstore, Sephora, Blissworld, and Goggle.com
all products reviewed were either bought, researched, or sampled by me. I am not financially compensated for my reviews