Banish Blackheads With These Editor-Approved Masks

As if acne weren't bad enough on its own! đŸ˜‘

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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. Browse through our favorite blackhead masks that are editor-approved to clear up your skin.

1 Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask

Best Overall

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 (and with over 130K approvals from Sephora customers to prove it). 

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.

More: How to Get Rid of Acne Scars for Good

2 Bioré Charcoal Self Heating One Minute Face Mask

Best Budget Buy

If you can't take the heat, skip over this blackhead mask from BiorĂ©, 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.

3 Eve Lom Rescue Mask

Best Splurge

This award-winning clay facial treatment mask by Eve Lom is certainly worth the splurge. The luxurious treat gently decongests skin and pores and boosts skin’s radiance for a refined look and feel. No more blackheads here!

4 Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

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.

5 Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

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.

6 Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask

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.

7 Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask

An Amazon best-seller, Aria Starr's Dead Sea putty is a face, body, acne, and blackhead mask all in one. Created with shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil to soften the skin, plus natural minerals like zinc, magnesium, and calcium for detoxification, it's among the best products you can find for problem skin.

8 GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Activated Charcoal Treatment


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.

9 Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores


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.

10 The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Mask

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.