6 skincare products to banish blackheads

It's not glamourous and they're not pretty, but we'd all like to know how to get rid of blackheads for good. Here are our favourite products to keep them under control…

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1. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution


Products containing BTAs such as salicylic acid should be your first port of call. They prevent blackheads by disintegrating the top layer of skin cells which unblocks your pores. It’s not as scary as it sounds, and at less than a fiver, this solution is a total steal.


The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, £4.50


2. KIEHLS Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser

KIEHLS Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser


The perfect blackhead-clearing cleanser. This will balance your complexion, getting rid of excess oil and removing any impurities.


KIEHLS Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser, £16.50


3. Origins Clear Improvement Mask To Clear Pores

ORIGINS Clear Improvement Mask To Clear Pores


The key ingredient in this mask is activated charcoal. It's a carbon which has been treated to increase its absorbency, so the dirt and oil in your pores stick to it when they come into contact, then get washed away when you rinse.


ORIGINS Clear Improvement Mask To Clear Pores, £39.50


4. Pixi Glow Mud Mask

Pixi Glow Mud Mask


Using a clay mask weekly is essential if you’re prone to blackheads. They draw impurities and dead skin out of your pores as well as reducing oil production, which can lead to breakouts. This one from Pixi includes rejuvenating rosemary, brightening ginseng and healing jojoba.


Pixi Glow Mud Mask, £18


5. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum


Retinol unclogs your pores and speeds up cell turnover, making it one of the most effective skincare ingredients for tackling blackheads. However, due to its strength you should be careful when introducing it into your routine. Start off at just once a week.


Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, £70


6. STARSKIN 7-second Morning Mask Miracle Skin Mask Pads

STARSKIN 7-second Morning Mask Miracle Skin Mask Pads


If you're travelling (or just in a hurry) try STARSKIN's sell-out miracle pads. Among their many benefits, they tone and exfoliate your skin to help keep blackheads at bay.


STARSKIN 7-second Morning Mask Miracle Skin Mask Pads, £27