We’ve all struggled with blackhead removal at some point in time in our lives, or rather, many times in our lives. Blackheads are actually small bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged hair follicles, so it’s important to use products that not only help you to clear the clog, but also prevent further clogging in future. With this in mind, we round up 18 of the best-reviewed products for blackhead removal by users worldwide.
1. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
This is one of Innisfree’s star products – a 6-in-1 pore treatment clay mask containing super volcanic cluster capsules that claim to effectively do six things: shrinks pores + controls sebum + exfoliates + deeply cleanses + brightens tone + cools.
While it doesn’t specifically market itself as a blackhead removal, many bloggers and reviews have sung praises of how effective it is at removing blackheads. For example, this blogger gave a raving review of how her blackheads were ‘gone [from her] nose like WOW’.
Price: SGD21 for 100ML, from Innisfree stores and Lazada.
2. Bioré Pore Pack Black
If you’re looking to use nose strips to remove those pesky blackheads, Bioré®’s famous pore packs are a must-try. If you find it hard to believe that anything is a ‘must-try’, this product received an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, together with 177 extremely positive reviews here.
Many users have expressed their love for this blackhead removal product and declared it as the best nose strip they have ever used because ‘it works for real’. Some even went as far as to upload photographs of the nose strip after they used it to show the blackheads stuck on them, but it’s proof that it has such great reviews for a reason.
Price: SGD4.45 for 10 pcs, from leading drugstores and Lazada.
3. St. Ives Apricot Scrub Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control
Featured in Allure’s Reader’s Choice 2008 and 2010, this facial scrub is formulated with ingredients that cleans acne-prone skin while treating clogged pores. It contains 2 per cent salicylic acid (fights acne), apricot extract (cleans), and walnut shell powder (exfoliates).
Reviewers have commented on Amazon that it is not too drying on the skin, even for people with dry skin, but it is still best to limit use to a few times a week.
Price: SGD7.40 for 170g, from Guardian outlets
4. TONYMOLY Seedless Strawberry Seeds 3-step Nose Pack
The cute packaging of this nose strip is probably enough reason for you to try this out. It’s a 3-step product, where you first open up the pores, remove the blackheads, and then close your pores back again to prevent more blackheads from developing.
You may not be highly convinced that you should go through the trouble of doing 3 different steps to remove your blackheads. However, it helps to comprehensively tackle your blackhead problem – this deeply impressed a customer who bought it on Soko Glam so much that she said she was ‘gonna go cry now’ after finally having tried a blackhead removal product that works.
Price: SGD8.90 for 5 sheets, from Shopee
5. Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub
Himalaya’s Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub exfoliates dead skin cells to remove impurities that routine cleansing cannot tackle, including those pesky blackheads. If you’re wondering why there’s walnut in it, it’s because the exfoliating micro-particles in walnut shell help to scrub away the impurities in your skin.
Not everyone is a fan of this product’s fragrance, but nearly all its reviewers are fans of its effectiveness. This scrub not only removes blackheads but also leaves users’ skin feeling soft and supple.
Price: SGD5.95 for 100g, from leading drugstores and SGD5.52 on Lazada.
6. Garnier Pure Active Blackheads Uprooting Scrub
Some users have raised concerns about how they feel a slight menthol burning sensation when using this product, but this has not caused them to get any negative skin reaction (itching, redness, etc.)
Price: SGD43.42 for 100g, from Qoo10 and Lazada.
7. Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub
Containing unique exfoliating multi-action beads and salicylic acid, Clean & Clear’s scrub actually promises that you will see fewer blackheads in just two days of usage.
It does seem to deliver on its promise pretty well since many reviews have attested to its effectiveness. One highly-satisfied user has even claimed to have used this for five years, and will strongly recommend this to anybody who is struggling with acne.
Price: SGD56.00 for two packs, available on Lazada.
8. GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment
Instead of just fighting blackheads, why not find something that can combat more than one problem? GlamGlow’s mask/spot treatment was developed to fight all common skin concerns for all skin types, including in-grown hair and discolouration, thanks to its activated charcoal.
Sephora’s website has even listed impressive research results of this product. In a consumer study on a number of participants, after 1 day:
– 94% felt their skin looked renewed
– 91% saw an improvement in skin clarity
– 94% felt the product gently cleared their skin
9. Yes to Tomatoes 2-Step Nose Kit
If you want to cut down on the number of steps but still seek a comprehensive solution to your blackheads in just one product, try this detoxifying nose strip that is made with 95% natural ingredients. The first step helps to cleanse and open pores; the second step is to reach deep into the skin and remove excess oil and dirt.
There are quite a few videos on Youtube of users testing out these strips to see if they are actually good at removing the gunk from your nose, and they do attest to the fact that this product really works.
Price: SGD10.75, from ASOS website
10. Holika Holika Pig-Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit
Similar to TONYMOLY Seedless Strawberry Seeds 3-step Nose Pack, Holika Holika’s kit is to be used over 3 steps in order to remove and prevent blackheads thoroughly. Fans love how it works well with all skin types, and the after-care a nice touch that not all nose strips offer.
Price: SGD2.40, from Althea
11. Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips
This pore strip from Boscia truly packs a punch with its ingredients: charcoal powder to draw out impurities and detoxify the skin, silica to control excess oil, and witch hazel extract for its natural astringent properties and pore tightening.
A user remarked on its Sephora page that she experienced a pleasant, cooling feeling during application, while another strongly recommended it on Amazon for being the strongest strip out of all brands he/she has ever used.
Price: SGD42 for 12 strips, from Sephora
12. Manicare Pimple and Blackhead Remover
If you’ve ever wanted the satisfaction of removing your blackheads one by one, this is the tool for you. This pimple and blackhead remover from Manicare, made from stainless steel, is a precision needle and loop tool that safely removes stubborn pimples and blocked pores.
It is recommended by other users that you should put a hot towel over the area for a few minutes to soften the skin and open the pores before you use this tool. Alternatively, you can use it after a hot shower.
Price: SGD5, from Redmart
13. The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask
This is a rinse-off cleansing clay mask that specially targets blemished skin. Formulated with The Body Shop’s famous purifying tea tree oil, it promises to refresh users’ skin without making it feel dehydrated. It’s received very positive reviews online, thanks to the cool sensation it leaves on the skin, as well as its additional ability to fight acne.
Price: SGD32.90 for 100ML, from The Body Shop stores and Lazada.
14. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask
An award-winning product, this creamy Pore Extractor Mask helps draw out impurities, scrub away blackheads, and improve the look of pores. There is also research done to prove why it is a winner: 98% of women who used the product agreed that their skin felt smooth and soft with a fresh look and feel; 93% of women agreed that their skin felt deep-cleaned, and pores looked unclogged.
Price: SGD55 for 75ML, from Lazada
15. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
Containing bamboo charcoal acts to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, and white China clay to absorb environmental toxins, this mask promises to flush out the dirt on your skin that clogs your pores and makes your skin look dull.
As if the overwhelmingly positive reviews on Sephora’s website are not enough, this product from Origins is actually the number one selling mask in America, based on The NPD Group Inc (U.S volume sales in prestige retail, April 2012- to March 2013).
Price: SGD27 for 100ML, from all Origins counters and Lazada
16. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
Made of 100% natural calcium bentonite clay, which is known for its healing and detoxifying properties, this product has actually received over 12,481 reviews on Amazon, and with 4.5 out of 5 stars. There is even an Insider article showing before-and-after photos to prove that it deserves all the hype it’s been getting recently.
However, don’t get too excited about the results that you may be seeing – there have been a few recent reviews that it irritated their skin, while another user warned not to use this mask every day if you don’t want your skin to become dull and irritated.
Price: SGD40 for 1 pound, unavailable online.
17. Aria Starr Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask
Aria Starr Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask promises to extract dead skin cells, dirt and toxins located deep in the skin layers, absorb excess oils, and remove these impurities so that you can get fresh, soft, clear looking skin with clean pores (goodbye blackheads!), even skin tone, and refined skin texture.
Well-liked by people of all skin types, this mud mask is also often described as ‘tightening’ on the skin after a few minutes, which is how it draws out blackheads. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but it has not been reported to cause any cases of breakout or any other undesirable skin conditions.
Price: USD14.05 for 300MG, from Aria Starr’s website
18. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary’s solution to blackheads is, in fact, nowhere near ordinary. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution is formulated as a deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance.
Even though the amazing testimonials given by customers are enticing, take note that this product contains a very high concentration of free acids, therefore The Ordinary recommends this only if you are an experienced user of acid exfoliation and your skin is not sensitive.
Price: USD7.20 (approximately SGD9.50) for 30ML, from Beautylish