Everyone gets blackheads from time to time, even those most fastidious with their cleansing routines. That’s because blackheads “have nothing to do with being ‘dirty,’” Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology, tells Elite Daily. But if you’ve been noticing more blackheads cropping up on your skin lately than you'd like, try working a blackhead scrub into your weekly routine. That said, most face scrubs definitely aren't created equal, so it's important to make sure you're using the right one. The best blackhead scrubs contain a mix of physical and chemical exfoliants, which work in tandem to give your skin a deep, thorough clean, both on the surface and within your pores.
Kristine Kellner, an Expert Esthetician at BABOR, tells Elite Daily that physical scrubs are most effective for “removing dead cells trapped at the skin’s surface, which can help prevent blackhead formation.” But Both Kellner and Dr. Levin agree that chemical exfoliants — especially salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, and fruit enzymes — are even more effective for squashing active breakouts (hence why all the scrubs on this list contain some combination of chemical exfoliants.)
Scrubs are inherently abrasive — even those that are suitable for sensitive skin — so use them judiciously. Dr. Levin recommends using yours a couple of times per week. Pending your skin’s reaction, you can slowly work up to using them more often. Another tip: Keep your scrub on for a minute or two, rather than washing it off ASAP. That way, you’ll give the actives in the formula time to really sink into your skin and do all the pore-unclogging work they’re there for.
With those tips in mind, scroll on to shop four of the best scrubs for blackheads, plus an even more potent (yet gentle) set of peel pads.
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