The Best Blackhead Treatments on the Market

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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—actually, a lot of ways. There are cleansers, serums, creams, masks, strips, and scrubs dedicated to this issue. Here are nine fantastic products to try in order to make blackheads go and stay gone. Regular use, along with keeping your skin clean, ​is key to banishing those pesky blackheads from your skin and your life.

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Drunk Elephant, T.L.C. Sukari BabyFacial, $80

Drunk Elephant's T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

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Drunk Elephant's T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial has won numerous awards, and once you use it it's incredibly easy to see why. It leaves your skin baby smooth, but isn't abrasive enough to cause burns. Still, it manages to be one of the best exfoliating products on the market. It uses 25% AHA and 2% BHA to get rid of any nasty dry skin, and dissolves any nasty buildup in your pores. It's pH balanced and uses ingredients like milk thistle to calm your skin while it works. It's a facial in a bottle, as the name promises.

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Boscia, Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask, $38

Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask

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Although matcha is a wonderful skincare ingredient, it's more often found in powder form for masks than it is in paste form. This can be super inconvenient, because not everyone has a bowl to mix masks in, or time to mix them. Boscia's Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant mask is great for clearing sebum, but comfortable enough for sensitive skin. It reduces redness and calms skin, but also helps get the balance of oil on your skin to a comfortable level. It's perfect if you want a less abrasive mask than most that are targeted at blackheads, but still want one that is effective. 

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The Body Shop, Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Exfoliating Face Scrub, $12

The Body Shop Tea Tree Scrub

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

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Herbivore, Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48

Herbivore's blue tansy mask

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Although skincare is increasingly moving towards natural, non-toxic ingredients, it's sometimes hard to believe there's not something unhealthy in there. Herbivore's Resurfacing Clarity Mask uses a combination of fruit enzymes and white willow bark to bust up anything unwanted in your pores, and then blue tansy to simultaneously calm any irritation. 

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Tatcha, The Rice Polish, $65

Tatcha's Rice Polish

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Tatcha's Rice Polish is a favorite of both Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian, so you know it's luxe. It's a favorite of celebrity makeup artists for skin preparation. But with 4 variants—normal to dry, normal to oily, dry, and sensitive—it's also easy to find a version of the product that suits the needs of your particular skin type. 

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St. Ives, Apricot Scrub Acne Control, $4

St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

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St. Ives is a brand most famous for its apricot scrub, which does a fantastic job of ridding skin of buildup. The product contains 100% natural exfoliants—instead of the microbeads common in exfoliants, which are terrible for the environment—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. It's also paraben-free, which is always a plus.

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Allies of Skin, Promise Keeper Blemish Facial, $120

Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial

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Every single Allies of Skin project is non-comedogenic, which is great for people who routinely deal with clogged pores. Still, their Promise Keeper Blemish Facial isn't a one-and-done treatment. Instead, it's a nightly treatment that reduces instances of acne over time. It utilizes a blend of lauded skincare ingredients—Manuka Honey, colloidal silver, and niacinamide—in order to get rid of blemishes and also prevent their recurrence. The product helps to moisturize and repair the damage done to your skin by acne, while preventing any more damage in the future.

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Dr. Brandt, Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner, $42

Dr Brandt's Pores no More Vacuum Cleaner

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Dr. Brandt's has an entire Pores No More line 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. It also works incredibly fast, so this isn't a mask you have to keep on forever.

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Innisfree, Pore Clearing Clay Mask with Super Volcanic Clusters, $15

Innisfree Pore Cleansing Clay Mask With Super Volcano Clusters

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Innisfree is a store full of great products with even better prices, but one thing that almost every K-beauty fanatic recommends is Innisfree's Pore Clearing masks. The Pore Clearing Clay Mask with Super Volcanic Clusters is kind of a turbo-charged version of their fan-favorite standard line. With twice as many volcanic clusters to soak up grime, it's meant for people with heavy amounts of sebum in their pores. It's a great option for anyone who wants a quality product at a low price.