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Surrounding the root of each tiny hair all over our bodies are follicles, and like pores, follicles can become polluted or clogged with excess sebum, which is the oily substance that keeps skin soft. This is good, but an overabundance of the wax-like essence — containing melanin — will oxidize at the surface and turn to dark spots around the follicle's base, creating blackheads (ugh).
A common misconception is that blackheads are a type of acne, when really, they're actually an addition to acne. The solution isn't to pop the problem (and it never is, by the way), but rather to extract debris and oils. If you can't afford to shell out the big bucks for in-office treatments like microdermabrasion, check out our favorite blackhead masks that are editor-approved to clear up your skin.
Peel-off masks seem to be hit or miss according to “skincare fails” on social media, but this blackhead mask from Japanese brand Boscia is a winner.
Offering blemish relief for all skin types, the Luminizing Black Mask features activated charcoal and calcium montmorillonite clay to exfoliate dead skin cells and absorb impurities like excess oils and environmental stressors. A combination of vitamin C and rosemary-leaf extract also act as an anti-inflammatory combination that reduces visible signs of aging.
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If you can't take the heat, skip over this blackhead mask from Bioré, because things warm up on impact with this pick. We love the transition between hot and cold sensations with this treatment, and you'll also get a satisfying tingle post-rinse.
Unlike other masks that take up to 10 minutes of set time for optimal results, this in-shower solution takes all of 1 minute to activate and extract impurities. We're also big fans of the brand's nose strips!
This incredible Irish Moor Mud Mask from Peter Thomas Roth is a blackhead's worst nightmare. Formulated with volcanic ash and activated charcoal, this decongesting mask also minimizes the appearance of pore size, fine lines, and wrinkles. What's not to love?
If a traditional mud mask sounds like too much mess, opt for this convenient sheet mask from Erno Laszlo. Unlike cotton or fiber sheet masks, this one is hydrogel, meaning it has a slick gel texture that'll leave your skin feeling refreshed instantly as it works to remove blackheads and other impurities.
Everyone experiences different forms of acne, and we've finally found the all-encompassing product that combats it all. Aztec's secret is out, and everyone wants in. This mask is an Amazon best-seller, and we totally see why.
Don't be put off by its powder form. Yes, you'll have to add in your own apple cider vinegar, but the final result of a clear complexion is worth the groundwork.
Tomato juice works wonders on its own, so when you combine charcoal, pumpkin, watermelon, and chamomile to the mix, the result is a spa-level treatment that calms irritated skin, extracts grime, and combats breakouts. Though it says it's for acne, this Yes to Tomatoes detoxifier can also be used as a blackhead mask when excess oil starts to arise.
Made with white clay, salicylic acids, and natural exfoliants, you apply this blackhead mask by massaging it into skin and leaving it to set for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Looking for a little extra? Increase your massage intensity and perform a second rub-down mid-rinse.
Charcoal popped up as a key acne-fighting ingredient over the past few years, and the beauty industry really has honed in on its healing properties. Origins' highly rated blackhead mask combines activated bamboo charcoal and China clay to simultaneously draw out impurities and break down environmental toxins in the skin.
Applicable for all skin types, GlamGlow's SUPERMUD formula was designed to treat acne-prone skin, work as a blackhead mask, and to address skin concerns like redness, scarring, and razor bumps.
Apply a thin layer to clear skin, or use it as a spot treatment by letting it set for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, allowing the potent blend of activated charcoal, K17 clay, and the brand's patented Teaoxi complex to make over your skin.
This is the perfect preventative treatment to combat blackheads before they even begin to take form. Infused with Community Trade tea tree oil, lemon tea tree, and tamanu oil, your skin will be left clarified and mattified.