9 of the Best Blackhead Treatment Products on the Market

Banish blackheads fast

One of the most effective ways to get rid of blackheads is to exfoliate. Exfoliation is a process that sloughs off dirt, leftover makeup, sebum, and dead skin cells trapped in your skin's pores. This buildup is precisely what causes blackheads in the first place.

You can exfoliate your skin to get rid of blackheads in a few different ways—for example, exfoliating cleansers, serums, creams, masks, pore strips, and scrubs. Here are nine fantastic products to try. Regular use, along with keeping your skin clean, ​is key to banishing those pesky blackheads from your skin and life forever.

The Body Shop's fair-trade-certified Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub is a daily face wash for oily skin that uses the natural ingredient tea tree oil to help clear blackheads. Along with exfoliating your skin, the tea tree oil in this cleanser is a natural oil fighter, which helps reduce sebum (oil) production. It also leaves your skin feeling very clean and tingly.

As the name implies, Bioré's cleanser warms up immediately after being applied to wet skin. This warmth opens up your pores to help the product clean them out more effectively. The cleanser contains micro-beads and zeolite, a mineral that stimulates the regeneration of skin, regulates oxygen flow, and restores the skin's luster. It also contains salicylic acid, a proven acne-fighting ingredient that speeds up skin cell turnover. This product is safe to use daily.

Olay's Salicylic Acid Acne and Blackhead Treatment exfoliates to rid skin of both blackheads and blemishes. The salicylic acid clears up acne and dissolves oil, and infusions of orange and green tea help to soothe the skin, making it safe enough to use every day. Many who have used the product regularly for a month or longer say the product makes a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their skin.

Neutrogena's Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub combines the acne-fighting ingredient salicylic acid with gentle microbeads to give your skin a thorough exfoliation. Neutrogena has a complete line of oil-reducing, acne-fighting products that you can combine with this one for long-term blackhead treatment. It won't overdry your skin even when used daily.

The Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub uses three different-size product beads that exfoliate the skin and remove the trapped oils and dead skin cells that lead to breakouts. The salicylic acid in the product also works to get rid of skin cell buildup quickly.

Noxzema has been the skincare line of choice for generations in battling acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. Noxema's Anti-Blemish Pads with salicylic acid help to fight blackheads and dry up acne pimples, but they can be too drying for people with normal skin. This product is really best for those with oily skin. The pads are convenient and easy to use—no tissues or washcloths needed.

St. Ives is most famous for its apricot scrub, which does a fantastic job of ridding skin of buildup. This product contains 100% natural exfoliants and 2% salicylic acid to deep-clean pores, minimizing blackheads and blemishes. It's available in an extra-mild, sensitive-skin formula, too, for those whose skin tends to get irritated easily. Either way, the product lives up to its reputation, despite its modest price.

Dr. Brandt's skincare line has an entire Pores No More collection of great products, but the Vacuum Cleaner Blackhead Extractor is the standout. Like many products here, it contains salicylic acid. Unlike most other blackhead-eliminating products, though, It also contains glycolic acid, which dissolves dead skin cells. Silicon dioxide absorbs oil—and while no product can actually shrink your pores, this ingredient can help make pores appear smaller.

Bioré's famous pore strips have become a beauty product mainstay because they are so effective. They immediately unclog and extract blackheads from your skin—as evidenced by the junk on the strips after you pull them off. They're oil-free and hypoallergenic, making them great for sensitive skin. Just don't use them more than twice a week. More frequent use can cause irritation and redness.