Blackheads form when your pores become plugged with oil, which darkens and turns into a visible dot on your skin. Several cleansers, containing active ingredients like salicylic acid, can help dissolve blackheads for a clearer complexion, reports Brown University. For the best results, choose a facial cleansing product that's specifically formulated to combat blackheads.
Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser
Biore formulates its blackhead-eliminating cleanser with zeolite, a mineral that skincare expert Paula Begoun says heats up the skin when it becomes wet. This may help open up your pores, allowing the cleanser's salicylic acid to better enter your pores to combat the blackheads. Basic cleansing ingredients also help lift away dirt and other debris.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
Dr. Brandt Skincare's pore-cleaning treatment garnered a prestigious nomination in the Cosmetic Executive Women's 2010 beauty awards, beating out dozens of other products. Reviewers called it an "innovative blackhead ... extractor" thanks to its use of potent alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid to help dissolve blackheads and oil. The acids also exfoliate the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Cargo Blu-Ray Polishing Cloths
Each of Cargo's cloths come presoaked with facial cleanser that works with the cloth's microfibers to polish and exfoliate the surface of your skin. It claims to help remove blackheads by removing surface debris. Begoun rates the cloths as "very good," saying they're gentler than most facial scrubs while leaving your skin looking and feeling smooth.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash
The Body Shop's exfoliating cleanser is purported to eliminate blackheads, reports Begoun. It can help eliminate the top of the blackhead, which is the portion that's visible and unsightly. It also comes formulated with tea tree oil, which may have an antiseptic effect on the skin to help control acne. However, Begoun warns that it contains herbal extracts that may irritate sensitive skin.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- Brown University: Acne
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
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