Best Blackhead Remover Reviews and Guides

best blackhead removerWelcome to Blackhead Expert, a community based around the idea that no-one should be alone in the fight against blackheads. There are many blackhead treatment products on the market today and knowing how to find the right blackhead remover for you can be difficult. Luckily, our dedicated team invests as much time as possible trialing and testing the best blackhead remover products so that you don’t have to.

Find out the most effective ways to remove blackheads, not only through our blackhead skincare guides but also through our useful tips and tricks section. Through these tools, we aim to help our readers understand the benefits of blackhead remover products and how to get the most out of them. We are confident that we have reviewed the best blackhead remover for you.

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We have tried and tested countless blackhead removal products over the course of 2017, and we found these three products to be the best treatments for blackheads and acne. Please also explore the rest of our site to see the range of blackhead treatments on offer today!

More Than Clean by Vi-Tae

Overall rating: 9.5
Natural Ingredients: 9.8
Value for money: 9.3
Effectiveness: 9.6
Speed: 9.0
Exposed Skin Care Treatment

Overall rating: 9.7
Natural Ingredients: 9.6
Value for money: 9.7
Effectiveness: 9.9
Speed: 9.7
Beauty Facial Extreme - Acne Serum

Overall rating: 9.3
Natural Ingredients: 8.5
Value for money: 9.4
Effectiveness: 9.4
Speed: 9.6


Acne and Blackhead Treatment Kits

exposed acne treatment

Acne and blackhead treatment kits are your best chance of getting rid of acne and blackheads for good as they can utilize a variety of treatment techniques within a set of different formulas. Many people do not realize the extent of their skin condition and are resigned to taking minimal measures to improve the appearance of their skin. The right treatment kit can rejuvenate your face, removing acne, blackheads, patchiness/blotches and generally improving your skin tone. Clear skin is attainable for anyone who is willing to put in the effort!

We highly recommend the Exposed Acne Treatment as we found it to be by far the best acne and blackhead treatment system that we tested. Click here for our full review of this product.

  • Best for: Anyone who is willing to put in the effort to clear their skin.
  • Pros: Treatment kits give the highest chance of success at removing blackheads.
  • Cons: Can be time-consuming.

Blackhead Creams

woman applies moisturizer onto face

Blackhead creams provide a simple all in one solution to blackheads, which can be extremely effective. It is common for these products to be chock full of nasty chemicals and irritants which will only make your condition worse. However, there are some fantastic natural blackhead removal products out there which can work wonders for people with mild-moderate blackheads where simple skincare routines have failed.

These products are often a great long term solution to blackheads as they get to the heart of the problem by restoring the healthy flow of oils in the skin. We have trialled and tested many of these products and we advise you to visit our Blackhead Creams page for detailed information on what we have found the be the best blackhead creams.

  • Best for: People with very oily skin where a simple skincare routine is not enough.
  • Pros: The right product can effortlessly clear away your blackheads.
  • Cons: Natural and effective products can sometimes be expensive.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is one of the most popular acne and blackhead treatment methods and is found as an ingredient in many treatment products. It works by improving the skin cell turn-over rate and dissolving the contents of block pores. This results in fresh-feeling skin with a healthy glow.

Salicylic acid works best in combination with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients, providing an all-round anti-acne formula that is gentle on the skin. For removing blackheads, a salicylic acid facial cleanser produces best results.

Salicylic acid may cause irritation in people with sensitive or dry skin and should not be used during pregnancy. To see our full salicylic acid guide and advice on the best salicylic acid products, click the link below.

  • Best for: People suffering from blackheads or mild acne who don’t have irritable skin.
  • Pros: A simple long term solution to blackheads.
  • Cons: Can cause dryness and irritation. Avoid using if pregnant.

Clay Masks

clay mask

Healing clays are a wonderfully versatile treatment for many skin conditions and make a great addition to your weekly skincare routine. We recommend that you use clay masks every 1-2 weeks, if you have oily skin you may use clay more often, however overuse can cause irritation.

Clay masks and other face masks need not be a chore, they are fun to do with friends and in my experience give your face a soothing pulsating massage. If you have problems with blackheads and have not yet tried clay masks, then we highly recommend that give them a go. Take a look at our clay mask page for more detailed information on choosing the right clay mask for you.

  • Best for: All skin types.
  • Pros: Cheap, effective, fun.
  • Cons: Time consuming.

Pore Strips

pore strips

Pore strips are an appealing short term solution to removing blackheads. They provide instant results and when used correctly can be very effective at reducing the appearance of blackheads. They are however only a short term solution. A pore strip will only remove the very surface of the blackhead, making them appear to vanish, however they will soon pop right back up after just a couple of days.

Pore strips are not completely useless though. They are a great tool to have at the ready in case of a sudden outbreak and are very cheap to buy. Make sure however that you choose pore strips which do not contain irritants. Please consult our pore strip page for a more detailed guide on pore strips.

  • Best for: Oily or combination skin.
  • Pros: Cheap, quick results, can reduce acne.
  • Cons: Not a long term solution and may damage skin.

Facial Cleansers

facial cleanser

Using a facial cleanser is an easy addition to your morning routine which can provide great results through gentle, non-invasive means. Using facial cleaner not only significantly reduces your risk of blackheads and acne, but will also improve the general health of your skin. For those with oily skin, thoroughly cleaning the face once to twice a day is essential. Facial cleansers also contain moisturizing elements which reduce dryness.

Have a look at our facial cleanser page for the best facial cleanser for blackheads.

  • Best for: All skin types.
  • Pros: Cheap, quick, simple.
  • Cons: There are none!

Extractor Tools

blackhead extractor

A blackhead extractor is another great addition to your blackhead removing routine. This tool is often used in professional spa facials to quickly extract large blackheads before a more thorough clean.

Take a look at our blackhead extractor tool page to find out more.


  • Best for: All skin types.
  • Pros: Quick results for large visible blackheads.
  • Cons: Not as delicate as other treatments.


hair follicleBlackheads, whitehead and pimples are caused by a very similar problem. It all starts when a collection of sebum (oil secreted by the skin) and skin cells build up inside one of the skin’s hair follicles. If too much sebum is produced, the build up may plug the pore, allowing bacteria to accumulate. This produces what is known as a “comedone“.

whiteheadWhiteheads and blackheads are both a type of comedone but are slightly different. When a whitehead forms, the pore is completely plugged, sealing it away from the outside environment. Conversely, when a blackhead forms, there is a tiny opening in the pore which allows air to get inside.

blackhead Sebum contains a pigment called melanin, the same compound that colors your skin. When melanin is exposed to oxygen in the air, a reaction occurs called “oxidation” which turns the pigment black. The black color lends credence to the false myth that blackheads are caused by dirt. Click here for more blackhead myths.

pus filled pimple A comedone will sometimes turn into a pimple when the sebum filled pore bursts under the skin. When this happens, white blood cells rush to the scene to fight off the invading bacteria, causing inflammation in the affected area. The pus inside a pimple is made up of white blood cells which have died during the fight.


The most common cause of blackheads is a hormonal imbalance, which is why blackheads and acne are so common in teens going through puberty. The hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the main culprit, as it is the hormone which controls the production of sebum from oil glands.

Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy is also a reason why many childbearing women find themselves breaking out in bouts of acne and blackheads. Similarly, the hormonal changes experienced during menopause can cause acne and blackheads in some women. An unhealthy diet may be another cause of hormonal imbalance. See our article on the best foods for acne and blackheads for more information.

Although anyone can get blackheads and acne, your susceptibility to these skin conditions depends upon your genetic makeup and skin type. If you have an oily or combination skin type, then you are more likely to experience severe blackheads and cystic acne.

Luckily help is at hand. In the next section, we will be looking at the different types of blackhead removers to help you decide what is the best solution to your blackheads.


If you are still unsure of the right blackhead treatment for you, then please browse the tips & tricks and blog section of our website where you will find plenty of useful information on the different treatments and products available. Included in our tips & tricks section is a skincare routine guide which is personalized for your skin type. If you are unsure of your skin type, then visit our skin type guide page.

By following the simple guides on this site and choosing the right blackhead treatment for you, you can finally win the battle against blackheads and acne.

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8 thoughts on “Best Blackhead Remover Reviews and Guides

  1. Joanne Taylor

    Hi there,

    I am a slightly unusual case, as I have a dry/sensitive skin type but have many blackheads on my nose and forehead. I am worried about using chemical treatments or pore strips as I worry they will damage my sensitive skin. What kind of blackhead remover would suit me?


    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joanne!

      We agree that for dry/sensitive skin types, harsh chemical treatments and pore strips are a no-go. Your first port-of-call should be a good fragrance free facial cleanser (see our facial cleanser page). After washing your face (and throughout the day), be sure to apply plenty of moisturizer, as this will help prevent irritation and hormone release (triggering further acne symptoms). You should fit this into your routine before and after bed. Make it a habit! If blackheads are still persisting, then a clay mask once every couple of weeks should be your next option. Kaolin Clay (White) is a great option for sensitive skin.

      See are skin care routine guide in our tips and tricks section for more details on a good routine for dry/sensitive skin.

      Thanks for your question!
      Blackhead Expert

  2. Mellisa Williams

    Hi, I am experiencing horrible acne and blackhead breakouts during my pregnancy. I wonder if you have any advice for this?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mellisa,

      Thanks for your comment. As discussed in the post, breakouts during gestation are caused by hormonal imbalances and subsequent excess sebum production. Dietary considerations, such as vitamin intake, drinking plenty of water and avoiding dairy, are important for balancing hormones (see are blog post: Best Foods for Blackheads in the tips and tricks section). Also, make sure to relax! Stress during pregnancy may not only be bad for the baby, but could also exacerbate hormonal irregularities.

      With regards to products and skin care routines: depending on the severity of your symptoms we may suggest trying the blackhead cream: More Than Clean by Vi-tae. It is an effective and clean formula, which should help bring your blackheads and acne down quickly.

      We suggest avoiding retinoids during pregnancy as they may cause harm to your baby.

      Hope we could help you Mellisa!
      Blackhead Expert

  3. Julie Wright

    Great guide! Though I think pore strips should be off the table. In my experience, the irritation and damage they cause to your skin only exacerbates the problem of blackheads and acne. Just use a blackhead extractor instead!

  4. Johnnie Ann Shirle

    I am 34 and the past few years ive been struggling with black heads really bad! I’ve never has a problem with my skin. My pores are huge and my face is covered sith black heads i bought a micro derma kit hoping it woukd get them ouy! Omg. It made my face break out. Both times i tried it

  5. yakan moan

    Though I think pore strips should be off the table. In my experience, the irritation and damage they cause to your skin only exacerbates the problem of blackheads and acne.


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