6 Oddly-Satisfying Blackhead Masks That *Actually* Work
By Marissa DeSantis
Out of all the different types of acne, blackheads are one of the milder forms. And while "lucky" hardly seems like the right word to describe anyone who notices those tiny, dark dark bumps on their skin, there is some comfort in knowing that blackheads don't cause pain or swelling like inflammatory types of acne do. Plus, they can almost always be treated at home with proper care and the help of the best masks for blackheads.
There are a few routes you can take when choosing an at-home mask for eliminating blackheads, from T-zone-targeted pore strips and sheet masks to traditional clay and charcoal masks. Both have the same end goal of drawing out the oil and dead skin clogging your pores that create those pesky blackheads.
Pore strips have been a longtime staple because of their mess-free application and grossly satisfying end result of seeing all that gunk once you pull them off. Clay and charcoal masks might involve a bit more effort — and a possible dirty sink — but they also offer all-over detoxification that leaves your entire face clear, bright, and clean.
In addition to adding a purifying mask into your weekly skin-care routine, there are other simple steps you can take at home to help eliminate blackheads. It may seem fairly obvious, but you should start by making sure you thoroughly remove your makeup before going to bed. When you're washing off your makeup, choose a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil without drying out your skin (which can make oiliness worse).
You can also work an exfoliator into your routine, steering clear of harsh physical scrubs in favor of chemical exfoliants like the BHA salicylic acid. This BHA ingredient is able to cut through oil to normalize the lining of the pores without causing micro tears like a physical exfoliator can (think walnut scrubs). And circling back to makeup, look for products that are oil-free and noncomedogenic to avoid clogging up your pores.