Comedone Extractor

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A lot has been said about certain devices called “Comedone extractor” on this site. However despite their difficult to pronounce name, there is nothing mysterious about these handy tools.

First of all, what are Comedones?

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From Wikipedia we learn quickly that a comedone is a kind of a catch-all name for a clogged up pore.

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As we can see from the picture, a clogged pore can turn either into a whitehead or a blackhead. In a sense, both blackheads and whiteheads start out the same way! Therefore the scientific name for both these starting situations is called “Comedone”.

So we understand that a blackhead, or a whitehead, is just a more specified version of a Comedone. Essentially they are the same thing.

The only way a black- or a whitehead differ from each other is how the pore evolves after being clogged.

If a comedone stays open, i.e. the skin does not grow over the pore, the sebum stuck in the pore has a chance to oxidize and turn black. Hence the name blackhead!

If a comedone grows over on the other hand, the sebum stuck in the pore does not oxidize as it is not in contact with air. As a result the sebum does not oxidize and remains white. Resulting in a single pimple on your skin.

We can now use a comedone extractor in an effort to get rid of either black- or whiteheads from your skin.

How to use a comedone extractor?

Mechanical extraction

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By far the most used tools are the ones pictured above. A lot of people however are hesitant to use them. I believe there isn’t any reason available to be scared of these tools as long as you use common sense.

If you have to apply an extreme amount of pressure on your comedone extractor, it might make more sense to go see a professional to get rid of your blemishes. Too much pressure on your skin using a sharp tool as this might leave your skin prone to scars.

However if you feel that they come out relatively easily, there isn’t any harm in using these. Anyone who has been to a dermatologist knows full well the pressure that they have put on these tools to get your gunk out!

Making it easier on yourself

In an effort to make the whole process more enjoyable there are a few steps you can take. Your skin reacts extremely well to changes in temperature. Your pores for example have a tendency to “loosen up” (note not open!) under the influence of warm temperatures.

Steam in particular. That is why before a facial a lot of dermatologists and beauticians will use a facial steamer to loosen up your skin. That way when pressure is applied, the sebum stuck in your pores will come out more easily. As a result less pressure is required, saving your skin and your mental health at the same time!

Using a comedone extractor

As we can see in the video above, the right tool needs to be selected for the job at hand. Your hands, are NOT the right tool for this job. Hands are one of the most dirty parts of your body. You really should wash them more often, however very few of us ever do.

Therefore if you do decide to use your hands, use gloves when touching your skin. Or then, be smart and use a comedone extractor!

In the picture above a kit persisting of 5 tools are pictured. These include a lancet tool, used for popping whiteheads before extraction, and comedone extractor tools to fit a variety of comedone sizes.

As seen in the video the way to use these are relatively simple. Place the right sized loop over the right sized comedone, then use a sweeping motion to apply pressure to the comedone. If all went well, you might even hear a small pop, after which the sebum pops out of the pore.

Alternative comedone extractors

My personal favorite tools to treat skin are so called microdermabrasion devices.

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For example this Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device is just such a tool. Not only does it work as a comedone extractor, it also offers some exfoliation of the skin.

The diamond tip at the top of this device gently exfoliates, making comedone extraction as easy as pie.

You do not need to apply as much pressure as with the comedone extractor tool, as this device, after exfoliating, also sucks the blackheads out from your skin.

The MiniMD features: (1) TWO levels of vacuum suction, (2) 100% crystal free professional diamond exfoliating tip, and (3) a simple operation that is easy for beginners. Product comes with a diamond tip, 30 pack of black wool filters, user manual, 100-240V power adaptor, and a 6 month manufacturer warranty.

 

Best facial steamer

One of the first steps in your cleansing routine should be to steam your face. That’s why in the beginning of the year we reviewed several facials steamers to provide you with the best facial steamer review below. After our Panasonic facial steamer review we got a lot of emails asking for the full list of products that were included in the review. So next we decided to show you the best 7 as the others didn’t even make the cut.

Below is a nice overview of the best facial steamers according to the people here at BlackheadCentral.com.

Best facial steamer:

Panasonic EH-SA31VP Spa-Quality Facial Steamer

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As discussed in a previous post, the definite winner of our review is the Panasonic EH-SA31VP Spa-Quality Facial Steamer. At the push of a button this steamer generates a soothing wave of steam particles 4,000 times finer than ordinary steam to penetrate, moisturize and thoroughly cleanse your skin.

Use this best facial steamer as part of your daily skin care regimen to soften the skin for easier makeup application and better results. Use it at the end of the day for a gentle, effective facial sauna cleanse and makeup removal. As such this versatile beauty tool is also the ideal way to replenish the natural moisture in your skin and maintain a beautiful, natural-looking complexion.

 

 

Pros:

  • Extremely fine mist
  • Sleek design
  • One-button does all

Cons:

  • It’s expensive
  • No ways to return or replace
  • Need to use this with distilled water to avoid the steam vents from getting clogged up

 

Esthology Salon Facial Steamer with UV and Aromatherapy

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This portable facial steamer is lightweight and economical, yet it’s loaded with professional functions and features. The steamer features two operating modes: steam only or steam with ozone.

The steam and UV- functions have their own on/off switches with lighted indicators. The funnel-shaped water inlet and rubber plug at the top of the unit makes this steamer easy to refill without drips or splashes. As such there is no need to remove the shatterproof acrylic water reservoir. The 22 ounce capacity reservoir is removable if you need to clean it.

This steamer is designed to be used with ordinary tap water and the automatic circuitry turns off the steamer if the water level drops too low. This is a feature only few can do in our best facial steamer list. Premium stainless-steel coil and 750 watts provide superb steam production. Secondly the curved, venture-shaped nozzle allows for even misting.

Also this facial machine houses a premium, long-life, germicidal ultraviolet bulb. This bulb outputs a disinfectant light that kills most micro-organisms. Because of these UV rays it sterilizes the steam as it passes through the unit.

The unit sits on 23″ diameter base with five smooth-rolling swivel casters and the height is adjustable from 35″ to 46″ (measured from the floor to the top of the steamer arm). Included is the complete steamer with stand and reservoir, grounded power cord (120 volt, 6 feet long) and instructions.

 

Pros:

  • Can be used with ordinary tap water
  • Cost-effective
  • Sterile UV-production

Cons:

  • More for professional use
  • Pretty bulky

 

 Conair Facial Sauna System with Timer

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This unit can be used to steam open pores to provide a good cleanse. Simultaneously it steams open clogged nasal and sinus passages.

The versatility comes from two translucent, blue, plastic cones. The large cone is 6-3/4 inches wide and has a flared, open side to accommodate the face, chin, and neck.

The small cone is 3-1/2 inches wide, so steam is directed into the nose where it can be breathed in during allergy and cold season.

Operation of the steamer is simple. First use the included measuring tube to pour distilled water into the power base’s reservoir. Then twist on and lock into place either of the tubes. After that switch on the unit with the on/off button. Lastly simply wait about three minutes for the water to heat.

To make sure you don’t overdo it there’s a timer than can be set from 3 to 15 minutes. And for safety the unit automatically shuts off after 45 minutes.

 

 

Pros:

  • Provides a deep-pore cleanse
  • Cheapest in our list
  • Has a timer function

Cons:

  • Looks cheap and feels a little flimsy
  • Conair is known to make products with a varying degree in quality. You don’t quite know what you are getting!

 

Kealive Facial Steamer

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Kealive facial steamer is designed with more power in mind. You will be surprised and happy with the amount of steam the machine produces. The Nano’s technology boasts the ability to produce hot steam in less than a minute, and steady, thick steams for 8-10 minutes at a time. The steam strong and wide enough to cover the entire face. Also it is equipped with a safety measure so it shuts off automatically when there is no water in the water supply tank. Remember to use distilled water with this device.

On a side note it’s funny to notice how closely the competition is watched in this particular space. For example take notice of how similar this facial steamer looks compared to other ones in our best facial steamer list. Notice the similarities with the Panasonic? Or with the Kinga or the Secura?

 

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Handy to carry along

Cons:

  • Can’t be used with tap water
  • Knock-off from the Panasonic model

 

Secura Nano Ionic NanoCare Facial Steamer

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The Secura Nano Ionic Nanocare facial steamer generates superfine nano scale hot steam in seconds. As such this steam is easily absorbed through skin, and moisturizes the skin more quickly than conventional products. This facial steamer opens and unclogs your pores which enables you to remove dirt, oil and grime from your skin. Hence it can be used as an alternative to exfoliating scrubs and chemical peels. A user’s manual included. Also a 1-year warranty is included. Product Built to North American Electrical Standards; 120V 60Hz. Also remember to use distilled water with this facial steamer.

As this one is just a tad cheaper than the KINGA facial steamer, it is ranked one place higher in our best facial steamer list.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Handy to carry along

Cons:

  • Can’t be used with tap water
  • Knock-off from the Panasonic model

 

KINGA Nano Ionic Facial Steamer

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The KINGA Nano ionic facial steamer is our 6th best facial steamer in our review.

It utilizes an advanced yet highly miniaturized Positive Thermal Coefficient (PTC) ceramic heating element. As a result it instantly vaporizes clean water and produces a visibly strong steam. Coupled to an internal fan, this results in ample, directed micro-fine steam that penetrates deep into all your skin layers. Keep in mind that a full tank will provide roughly 6-9 minutes worth of steam. Please remember to use distilled water to ensure you get the most out of your machine.

There is also a UV bulb within this machine that sterilizes the water.

 

 

 

Pros:

  • UV bulb to sterilise the water
  • Cheap but doesn’t feel or look cheap

Cons:

  • Cannot use tapwater with this device
  • No timer

 

ETTG Spa Home Facial Steamer

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This facial steamer at number 7 on our best facial steamer list is used on normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types. Therefore it can make virtually any skin type look younger and healthier. The steamer has a cone to concentrate the mist on your face. As a result it stimulates blood circulation for a fine and rubicund complexion. The facial tool has two attachments; a gentle exfoliating brush and a sponge for applying moisturizer. It features a safe automatic shutoff and timer to customize length of facial or nasal treatment. Gently steam open clogged pores and rejuvenate your skin

I know this video is not featuring the ETTG, however the model featured in the video is extremely similar to this one.

Pros:

  • You got this far in our list to read this! Just kidding, this steamer is good bang for your buck.
  • Comes with a gentle exfoliating brush and a sponge for applying moisturizer

Cons:

  • Can’t use tap-water with this one either.

 

 Let us know how you feel about best facial cleanser list. We’d love to know in the comments below!

Professional blackhead removal

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More often than not people are too scared to touch their own face or to even attempt to remove blackheads themselves. That is why people often search for professional blackhead removal. However it is unnecessary to be scared to try and remove blackheads yourself. The chance of you damaging your skin permanently or developing scars is incredibly small.

More often than not, squeezing blackheads or doing any kind of skin-treatment has more to do with using common sense rather than actual skill. Think about it. If you have to squeeze your skin so hard your eyes start to water, are you doing damage to your skin?

Unfortunately people who have a thicker skin (dermis) will more likely have the need to see professional help than others. However a lot can be done even before you need to seek professional blackhead removal. Below is an overview of the steps a professional takes to prevent blackheads.

Step 1: Eating right

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Lean and green!

Probably most of you would’ve thought I would have started with “setting up a routine” or “products that get rid of blackheads”.

No.

By far the easiest thing you can do for you and your skin is eating right. And by eating right I mean eating nutritious foods. Leave out the simple carbs, leave out some dairy and go green and lean.
Two simple terms to live by. Lean and green. Lean meat protein and green leafy vegetables are THE staple to get a blackhead free skin.

Eating simple carbs triggers a response in your body that increases the insulin levels in your blood. Basically simple carbs are sugar. Your body looooves sugar. So much so that it wants to keep hold of every little grain it can get a hold of. Your body does this by upping the insulin levels in the blood. Insulin converts the sugar into fats, which are then stored in areas you never wanted it to be in in the first place.

Another thing insulin does is increase cell growth. As it is a type of growth hormone, insulin rapidly stimulates cell growth. As we all know, blackheads are caused by a buildup of oil and dead skin cells in the pores. What happens when skin cells all of a sudden decide to start growing? You guessed it, a lot of them die off and end up laying on your skin. Now if you don’t wash these away or scrub them away, they’ll start blocking pores in no times. Turning your skin into blackhead central in no-time.

Dairy has a similar effect.

The funny thing is that dairy has been genetically perfected by nature to be THE food source of choice for baby calves. Unfortunately very few of us are baby calves. As a result the hormones in the milk, meant to make the calves grow, end up in our system. A similar effect happens as described above. The hormones stimulate the cells in our body to divide, causing a build up of dead skin cells on our skin. As a result, if you don’t cleanse properly, you will need to seek professional blackhead removal in due time.

 

Step 2: Get your routine straight

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Another way to prevent having to reach out to professionals is to get your routine straight. Be firm with yourself and start a daily ritual. Make sure that before you go to bed your skin is absolutely spotless. Make sure all make up is completely washed off.

Not because make up causes blackheads, rather because make up left on the skin is indicative of skin patches that have not been thoroughly cleaned. As a result there could still be some dead skin cells lingering under the make up that could oh-so easily fall into a pore. Making you wake up with a zit the next morning.

So make sure all make up is washed off thoroughly.

Also use lukewarm water when you do this. Too warm water or too cold water could do some serious damage to your skin, especially if you have a sensitive skin type! The damage i am talking about is just that your skin would try to overproduce skin cells again as a reaction to the cold/hot water. As a result your chance of developing blackheads would increase dramatically. NOT what we want!

Steam it up!

In order to make things easier for you as you treat your skin you might want to steam your face first. You can either use a facial steamer which is used in professional blackhead removal, or then you could wrap a hot towel around your face for a similar, yet not as good, effect.

 

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The steam makes the skin looser and more susceptible to the treatment. This helps prevent any lasting damage to your skin and makes sure that extraction remains a pleasurable experience. It does NOT open pores as you might read on some websites. Contrary to popular belief, pores cannot open or close on demand. They aren’t muscles. They can however get more loose or constrict. Lemon juice for example is known to have astringents, which tend to have a closing effect on pores.

The steam helps you make it easier on yourself as you continue your routine. So I highly recommend you incorporate it in your ritual. Your skin’ll thank me :)!

After that that, it’s time for cleansing!

One of the favorite parts of any ritual is the cleansing.

There is a lot of confusion over what type of cleanser to use. However I’ll make it simple. If you have oily skin, use a BHA cleanser. If you have any other skin type, an AHA cleanser will be just the right type for you.

How can I tell if I have oily skin I hear you ask? Well.. If you look in the mirror on a normal day and your skin is glowing, you have oily skin. Also you’ll be very much aware of how much more acne- and blackhead prone you are.

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A BHA cleanser has as its active working ingredient salicylic acid. It’s an acid that is extracted from the common willow tree. It also just happens to be the active ingredient in the common aspirin. As a result you could trust the professionals and by this BHA cleanser, which is used in professional blackhead removal. Or you could try and make your own aspirin mask.

Aspirin mask recipe:

The recipe is stupidly easy. All you need are 5-7 aspirin pills that do not have a coating and some bottled water. Mix them in a bowl until you form a paste. If the paste is too thick, add water, if too thin, add a pill. Make sure though not to add more than 7 pills. If you have to, start a new batch just to be safe and throw the old one away.

Then let this paste sit on your skin for a few minutes before washing it off again with lukewarm water.

To aid in the cleansing you could be interested in using a cleanser AND a face cleansing brush such as this one.

 

Step 3: Get your squeeze on

Now comes the part you have been waiting for! In professional blackhead removal we usually use a plethora of tools but they really boil down to a blackhead extractor tool, or then a microdermabrasion kit.

 

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A comedo extraction tool, or blackhead extraction tool, looks like a scoop in my opinion. It has a lengthy handle, and at both ends a loop. This loop is used to extract blackheads. The way to do this is by first of all choosing the right tool for the job. If you have a monster of a blackhead on your chin, you’ll need a bigger loop!

So select the right sized loop for the right sized blackhead and place the loop over the blackhead. Then with a motion as you’d be scooping ice-cream, apply pressure to the side of the blackhead. Without too much effort the blackhead should come out.

This is now the part they try to scare you with in professional blackhead removal. However this is nothing to be scared of. Use common sense. If it hurts too much to squeeze out a blackhead, leave it be and let a professional take care of it. However if you are one of the lucky ones who can almost “scratch out” their blackheads, a tool as this can cause no harm.

Secondly professionals tend to use a microdermabrasion tool as well when visiting a dermatologist. This device benefits you in two ways.

First of all you’ll look 10 years younger. The diamond head rubs back and forth over your skin gently exfoliating it. At the same time there is a suction device that is sucking up the dead skin cell layer that comes off you. This prevents it from lingering on the skin and gives you a clean look.

Which brings us to benefit number two: No blackheads! As you exfoliate and suck the skin away immediately, there is no risk of pores getting clogged up. After microdermabrasion the dead skin cell layer is no longer present, which means the chances of you developing new blackheads are pretty much zero!

Step 4: Toner, toner, toner

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Just like a kid hates it when you put some iodine on a scratch, you won’t necessarily love using toners either. However this wonderful substance both eliminates bacteria and helps prevent zits. Any bacteria that might still be on your skin after the microdermabrasion or after the squeeze will be wiped away with toner. This disinfecting wonder potion is the last step in your routine.

When squeezing the blackheads using an extractor tool there is always the chance some of the gunk still ends up on your skin. Using a toner is the last step before you go to bed to make sure you wake up blemish free.

If after this you still need professional blackhead removal…

then the best place to turn to would be to visit your local dermatologist. If he/she is a good one they’ll assess your needs before recommending you an unnecessary expensive treatment. If you follow the steps I have listed above, chances are you’ll save out on the need to go visit one!

Blackhead vacuum: Recommendations, servicing and care

A lot of people are on the lookout for a blackhead vacuum nowadays. They have grown in popularity since blackhead vacuums offer a softer approach than squeezing the skin. However many are still unaware of how to properly use one, what a good one looks like and how to properly take care of one.

Until now.

What is a blackhead vacuum?

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It is a mechanical device that is used to apply pressure on your skin, through which the sebum from your pores gets sucked out. The suction the device provides is more friendly to your skin than squeezing blackheads using a blackhead extractor tool. The blackhead vacuum works best on people who have relatively shallow pores.

You can easily see if you belong to one of those people depending on how much effort you have to put on getting blackheads out using a blackhead extractor tool. If you feel you really need to squeeze your skin hard to get any of them out, chances are you have deep pores. However if you have had days when you could just scratch some blackheads out, a blackhead vacuum might be just the tool for you!

Blackhead vacuums, as mentioned above, work through suction. The device creates lower air pressure right under the nozzle causing your skin to get sucked in to the nozzle. You can compare it to holding the end of a vacuum cleaner to your cheek. They work surprisingly in similar ways.

Most of them have variable speed setting and nozzle heads that offer a wide range of blackheads to tackle.

 

How to use one:

 

The blackhead vacuum we will discuss below work in a similar fashion than the vac-pen discussed in the video above. The main thing to remember is to hold the suction device perpendicular to the skin over the clogged pores. Maintaining the suction is key. Be careful not to stay too long in one place as we don’t want to damage any underlaying bloodvessels (giving you an accidental hickey!)

 

Our top blackhead vacuum picks!

 

If you are in to Japanese precision technology, this Panasonic vacuum might just be the device for you!

 

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The good thing about this blackhead vacuum is that it comes with its own, sturdy charging station. On top of that it is waterproof. So no messing about with batteries AND you can take it with you into the shower.
The fact that you can use it in the shower has as an added bonus that at that point your skin will be wet. In addition you, most likely, will shower with warm water, meaning your skin is soft and your pores are open. Factor all these together and you have the perfect recipe for extraction success!

Plus as this is priced at 30$ that makes this blackhead vacuum one of the best ones out there price/quality wise.

PROS

  • This one gives you the best bang for your buck
  • No batteries necessary
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Might be too rough for people with sensitive skin

 

 

Next up is the Krasr Comedone Extractor Set.

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This blackhead vacuum doubles as a microdermabrasion set you can use at home! It’s waterproof design allows you to skip no time between cleansing routines as you can use this one either in or straight after your shower. The interchangeable heads will allow you to not only suck out blackheads, but also to give yourself a quick exfoliation. Another bonus is that the suction in this device is adjustable. This means that people with sensitive skin can easily test this one out. At 39$ you won’t break bank fetching this device into your home as you get two functions in one.

PROS

  • Adjustable suction
  • Provides suction and exfoliation
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Overdoing it or working one area for too long could damage your skin

 

 

The ones NOT to buy

The Kulee portable vacuum.

Rarely have I seen a device this small, priced so cheaply deliver great results. I know size isn’t everything however for something as energy consuming as sucking out blackheads this is not what I expected.

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It has one of the worst ratings in amazon for any blackhead vacuum I have come across. It just goes to show that if you want something that works, you shouldn’t be afraid to pay for quality. Priced at less than 10$ I would be surprised if this did any sucking at all. It was a surprise for me to see that this one was an amazon best seller.

That’s why I included it here so that you, my readers, would be aware to stay away from this product far and wide! There are better ways to spend 10$ 🙂

 

Aftercare

After you have used your blackhead vacuum, it’s of the utmost importance you clean the suction head thoroughly. Applying some rubbing alcohol to the head is not at all overkill. The main thing to keep in mind is that the suction cap makes contact with your skin constantly when using the device. As a result any left-over gunk or bacteria still attached to the suction head will get transferred to the to-be-treated skin.

In order to prevent our work and prevent acne/blackheads from popping up it is of the utmost importance we use clean tools. A clean face starts with clean tools, there is no other way of going about it.

Hopefully you are somewhat wiser now on what types of blackhead vacuum are out there and let us know in the comments below what your experiences have been so far!

 

Best blackhead remover product review

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In order to find the best blackhead remover we first need to define how exactly we want to get rid of blackheads. Blackheads can be removed in a variety of ways. But generally speaking there are only 2 ways in which this can be done: mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical extraction

Comedo extractor

Perhaps the most commonly used blackhead remover product would be a comedo extractor.

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These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These comedo extractors work in such a way that they apply pressure around the “comedo”, which is just a fancy word for a blackhead or whitehead, upon which the gunk in the pores just pops out. The way to do this is to place the looped part of the extractor over the black- or whitehead, and with a scooping motion apply pressure. This will make sure the skin and oil mixture in the pore comes oozing out.

As you can see however there are a multitude of tools available. So the question begs: what tool do I use for which job? That is pretty easy to answer however. All tools are looped, just the loop varies in size. Just as all whiteheads or blackheads come in different sizes. Hence the right tool for the job has a loop size that is just big enough to fit over the blackhead or whitehead. These really are one of the best blackhead remover products out there!

For whiteheads however there is a second tool in play here which in the picture above is the third tool. This is the lancet tool. You see whiteheads form when gunk gets in your pores and your skin for some reason or another grows over this pore. The gunk gets trapped and a whitehead is formed.

Now in order to make extraction “easy”, the lancet tool is used to pierce the skin first. One the skin is pierced you won’t need to use all that much pressure to get the gunk out.

Facial steamer

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Before using a comedo extractor it is wise to use a facial steamer. Combined these products work together to become the best blackhead remover-combo out there. Steaming your face in a gentle fashion helps ease up your skin to receive treatment. It won’t open or cose pores as people tend to believe, it will rather make your skin softer so it’s easier to pull and squeeze.

In the back of these machines there is a canister for water. Obviously as this is a steamer the steam needs to come from somewhere right? This canister comes out the back and can easily be filled. However my advice to you would be to use de-mineralised water, as tap-water would just clog up the mistifier at the end. We’ve all had to de-calsify our coffee maker at some point. If you use normal water with the facial steamer you’ll have to do the same thing eventually to it as well.

Once the canister is filled and put back in place, simply wait for the steam to arise from the device and place yourself 2-3 inches away from the steam source. Simply take it in for a few minutes (3–5) and you’re good to go!

Even if you are not planning on getting a facial steamer, it is still good that before any skin treatment you do, you make effort to loosen up the skin. A more budget friendly option would be to wrap a hot, moist towel around your face for several minutes before you do any treatments.

Pore vacuum

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Perhaps one of the most out-there ways on removing blackheads would be to use a blackhead extractor vacuum. This is still to my opinion one of the best blackhead remover products as it provides gentle suction of the skin, versus rough manipulation with the comedo extractors.

The way to use this is pretty simple. Most of these are water proof anyway so I suggest using the pore vacuum when you’re taking a shower. The shower in general will help ease up your skin already so no need for a steamer!

Once in the shower, turn on the device and place the suction head on your skin. Now comes the part most people get wrong. Once the device is sucking, you need to provide some counter-force to make sure the device doesn’t get sucked tight into your skin. You need to make sure the pore vacuum is constantly pulling your skin. So as you are moving the device across your face, pull back out with just enough force it would feel like someone would be pinching you in the cheeks.

 

Best blackhead remover: Chemical extraction

BHA exfoliant

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Especially if you are suffering from oily skin, a bha exfoliant will be the best blackhead remover product in your arsenal.

BHA exfoliants come in a variety of shapes and size but by far the best ones come from Paula’s Choice. BHA stands for beta-hydroxy-acid in case you were wondering. This might not mean that much to you but if you have oily skin, BHA is the way to go. The salicylic acid in this exfoliant (which is also the working ingredient in aspirin!) enters the pores during washing and provides a deep cleanse.

The slight acidity of this exfoliant results in gentle exfoliation of the skin. No need for rough scrubs or any other hard ways of removing dead skin. The acidity of this product is enough already. As it gently eats away at the dead skin cell layers, it leaves behind pristine skin. This isn’t a remover product per-se, more of a prevention method. However this can be counted as one of the best blackhead remover products since prevention is always better than reduction! This’ll make your skin seem young and healthy again, while at the same time it provides a deep pore cleanse. What more do you want :)?

Best blackhead remover homemade recipes:

Yogurt mask

Another way to provide a deep-pore cleanse using some home-grown remedies would be a yogurt mask. Just as the salycilic acid in the above cleanser eats away at the dead skin cell layers, so does a yogurt mask. The lactic acid in yogurt helps desolve dead skin cells so that when you wash the yogurt off, only fresh skin remains.

To do this you’ll need non-flavoured organic yogurt. Simply place the yogurt in a thin layer on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, with lukewarm water gently wash the yogurt off. You should be able to see results after a week of trying this mask, doing it twice a week.

Aspirin cleanse

Lastly if you don’t feel like splashing some cash then an aspirin cleanse could work for you! If you remember I mentioned above that in the BHA exfoliant that I provided, salycilic acid was the core-ingredient. This also happens to be the core ingredient in aspirin.

As a result it is possible to make an aspirin cleanse using simple aspirin tablets.

You’ll need 5-7 non-coated aspirin tablets and some water.

Simply mix 5 tablets into a bowl with a little bit of water. The goal here is to make a paste. If the paste is too runny, add some more aspirin tablets. If the paste is way too dry, add some more water. Please use bottled water when making the paste. Also make sure not to add more than 7 tablets. If you feel like you have to it might make more sense to just start over and make a new batch.

Then after exfoliating, simply place the paste on your skin, let it sit for a few minutes and then wash it off. Just like the BHA exfoliant above, this aspirin paste will provide some additional exfoliation next to its core task: deep pore cleansing.

I hope this overview has helped you with selecting the best blackhead remover. The options are plenty yet if you know what you’re doing, you’ll find what works for you fast enough!

Homemade Face Scrub Recipes for Blackheads

The top three homemade face scrub recipes for fighting blackheads, first seen on bellatory.com.
Homemade face scrub recipes are really easy to make using products you probably have laying around already at home. No need to use blackhead tools or harsh pore strips. If you use either of them incorrectly chances are you might open up your pores even more than was intended, leaving you vulnerable to more blackheads!

Simply combine a few kitchen ingredients to create a powerful, all-natural treatment.

1. Cleansing: Lemon and Salt Homemade Face Scrub

Use lemon and sea salt to exfoliate and dissolve blackheads on the nose, cheeks, and other areas. Homemade face scrub
Use lemon and sea salt to exfoliate and dissolve blackheads on the nose, cheeks, and other areas.

This lemon-and-salt micture is also known as the antibacterial face scrub. It uses two super blackhead-fighting ingredients: lemon and salt.
Both lemon and salt cleanse the skin deeply and leave your skin feeling fresh and cleaner as ever.
Lemon due to its mild acidity cleanses the face thoroughly, taken with it all the grime and dirt on the surface of the skin as well as dead skin cells. As a result the chances of your pores getting clogged decrease dramatically, resulting in acne and blackhead-free skin!
Even the scent of lemon screams clean and fresh. Salt has antibacterial properties and can kill of the germs and bacteria that clog open pores.
Salting meat and fish has long been a practice just proving how well salt can stop the decay of any tissue.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the benefits of these two ingredients:

Ingredients
Importance in Homemade Face Scrub
Lemon
Is a natural astringent that is rich in citric acid. It’s a natural disinfectant that provides a deep-pore cleanse. It can also help your own body better regulate natural oil production and as a result decrease the possibility of blackheads.
Salt
Due to its coarseness it exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil, 2 substances critical in the creation of blackheads and acne.
As it also peels away the dead skin layers it leaves the skin feeling smooth and fresh!

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure water

Directions :

  1. Mix everything into a small bowl.
  2. Using clean fingers, apply the homemade face scrub onto your face and massage in a circular motion. Don’t scrub too hard, as you don’t want a red inflamed face.
  3. After scrubbing for two to five minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Splash cold water to close up your pores. Pat dry with a soft clean towel. Your face will look amazingly refreshed, cleansed of all the dirt, excess oil, peeling skin, and dead cells.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use too much lemon juice. Lemon juice in raw form can be too harsh on the skin, so it is important that you use it in moderation and diluted. The citric acid in the lemon juice is a natural astringent and if used in excess it can leave a burning sensation on your skin and can cause red rashes.
  2. Change your pillowcases. If blackheads attack you often, you should try changing pillowcases every other day. Wash your pillowcases regularly because the fabric can collect oil and dirt from your face.
  3. Excess homemade face scrub mixture. You can store your face scrubs in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, as soon as it starts smelling unpleasant, it is time to toss it out. Also make sue not to scrub too often. Most dermatologists suggest using a scrub no more than twice a week as a maximum.

2. Exfoliating: Brown Sugar and Honey Homemade Face Scrub

Brown sugar is a great medium for exfoliation and keeps blackheads at bay!
Brown sugar is a great medium for exfoliation and keeps blackheads at bay! It is as coarse as sea salt and as such provides the same exfoliating and peeling properties as the above mentioned lemon-and-salt scrub.

Brown sugar and honey are both yummy kitchen ingredients. Together, they work hand-in-hand to gently exfoliate skin. Brown sugar is safe for all skin types, so it is perfect for sensitive skin. Honey has been hailed since ancient times as a great natural remedy for many ailments including dry skin.

Here’s a table showing these two ingredients and their benefits for skin:

Ingredients
Importance in homemade face scrub
Brown sugar
Exfoliates gently. Deep-cleanses skin. Sloughs off dead cells and excess oil from skin surface. Contains alpha hydroxyl acids, which drive out toxins and germs from open pores.
Honey
Is antiseptic and antibacterial. Kills off germs and bacteria that clog open pores. Gently moisturizes and lubricates skin. Sticks to the blackheads in open pores and pulls them out when the face scrub is removed.

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients well.
  2. Apply the mixture onto your face with circular motions, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth.
  3. Keep scrubbing for two to five minutes.
  4. When you’re done, rinse off with warm water.
  5. Pat dry with a soft towel. If your face feels a bit dry, moisturize with a drop or two of olive oil.

Tips:

  1. Stay away from harsh cleansers and soaps. Many face cleansers out there contain high amounts of chemicals and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which strip your skin of natural oils. This causes your skin to compensate by producing excess oil, which clogs pores and creates blackheads.
  2. Steam your face beforehand. A facial steam will help open up pores and soften your face, enabling the blackheads to come out easily. Do this before using the homemade face scrub to push out blackheads faster.
  3. Don’t over-wash your face. Yes, washing your face continuously throughout the day is not the right way to prevent/get rid of blackheads. In fact, over-washing your face will give your more blackheads, not to mention acne and white heads. What’s the deal? Well, over-washing your face strips away most of the natural oils, inducing your oil glands to produce more oils, and excess oil is one of the causes of blackheads.

3. Softening: Oatmeal, Yogurt, and Orange Peel Face Scrub

Soften dead cells and blackheads with this mask, which also exfoliates your pores deeply and scrubs out the blackheads from the root.
Soften dead cells and blackheads with this mask, which also exfoliates your pores deeply and scrubs out the blackheads from the root.

This oatmeal homemade face scrub contains oatmeal, orange peel powder, and yogurt. These three ingredients deep-cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, moisturize, and soften your pores, removing excess oil that would otherwise oxidize to form blackheads.

This table shows the importance of these blackhead-removing ingredients:

Ingredients
Importance in homemade face scrub
Oatmeal
Absorbs excess oils, preventing the formation of blackheads. Gently exfoliates dead cells and peeling skin.
Orange peel powder
Gently exfoliates, nourishes, and hydrates skin. Contains citric acid, which disinfects and kills germs that clog pores.
Yogurt
Softens and nourishes skin. Contains probiotic enzymes that destroy germs on the skin’s surface. Tightens large pores. Deep-cleanse open pores. Softens skin, making it easier for the blackheads to come out.

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
  • 2 teaspoons yogurt

Directions :

  1. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
  2. Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face in gentle circular motions, focusing on the blackhead-infected areas.
  3. After two to three minutes, completely rinse the mask off with either a washcloth or your hands and warm water.
  4. If your face feels a bit dry and stiff, moisturize with a few drops of olive/coconut oil.

Tips:

  1. Hands down. Touching your face can contribute to blackheads and acne. Keep your hands away from your face.
  2. Gather your hair away from your face. One way to easily prevent blackheads and clogged pores is just simply keep hair away from your face.
  3. Clean your face in the morning and at night. As much as over-washing your face is bad, you must wash your face twice daily: in the morning and at night. Use mild cleansers and these natural scrubs to safely get rid of existing blackheads and prevent further ones from occurring.

Homemade pore strips: make your own!

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I recently found a method of making your own homemade pore strips on petitelefant.com that I thought I’d share with you guys:

It’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own pore strips using home ingredients. I’ve tried it here at home and I must say it is pretty effective, although it is quite a messy affair. Be sure to have several towels laying next to you as you do this as well as somelukewarm water to wash off any bits that don’t come off cleanly.
As this is not a pore strip per se but more of a mask.

Here’s what you will need:

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Homemade Pore Strips Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Milk {any kind}

2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic.  What’s not to love?

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  1. Measure 1 Tablespoon of Knox Unflavored Gelatin – 8 oz unflavored gelatin into a disposable container (if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble)
  2. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatin
  3. Until it looks like this
  4. Mix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency.  Add more milk if you’re uncomfortable with the amount of chunk.

Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds.  It will get creamier in the microwave.  Stir that around and start applying it IMMEDIATELY to your face.  This stuff hardens up fast so you’ve got to act fast.

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This is pre-pore strip.  Wash your face before you apply.

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I chose to put the stuff all over my face because I have thirty-year-old acne.  You can put it wherever your little heart desires.  You need to act fast though, because this stuff turns to gelatin pronto.  I know I’ve said that three times already, but I really mean it.

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Let it dry for about 15 minutes.  I waited longer, but you’ll know it’s time when you can’t talk for fear of breaking something.

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Grab whatever you can and start peeling.  This is the gross/fun part.

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It’s a good thing you can’t see the photo all that well.  Do this until you’re all peeled and your face will feel like a baby’s bottom.

Clean, practically hairless, with clean, dirt-free pores, thanks to my very own homemade pore strips!

If you don’t own a microwave (some people still don’t!), what you can do is either add warm milk or then warm the mixture on the stove and you should get the same result.

Also there is no fear for people with sensitive skin. As there are no strong chemicals in this mixture it is highly unlikely your skin would react in a funky way. But just to make sure test it out on a small patch of skin first before you go on and cover your whole face :).

Homemade pore strips using Elmer’s glue

This one is a bit more controversial than the other homemade methods we have discussed above.

Apply a thin layer of Elmer’s glue over your clogged pores and let dry. The glue will adhere to the bits clogging your pores as it dries so when you peel it off, you pull up all the gunk with the glue. Just be sure you are not allergic to the product – test it on your hands first – and always avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth. Also use your regular Scotch tape (cellotape) as a pore strip. Merely apply it on your skin, leave on for a few minutes and peel off.

Let us know in the comments below how you get on with your very own homemade pore strips!

Best pore vacuum: mechanical cleaning of your pores!

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On the lookout for the best pore vacuum? No need to look any further! See below for our 2 best extractor tools currently found on the market!

Blackheads form as dead skin cells mix with sebum excreted from sebaceous glands in hair follicles. As this mix gets clogged in the pore, the pore either stays open upon which the mixture oxidizes and turns black, forming a blackhead OR grows over and, quite possible, gets infected and turns into a pimple.

The main cause for both however is clear. Blocked pores. Now when taking a real world example; when your drains are blocked there are several ways to get rid of the blockage.

You can either try and poke it through (equivalent to squeezing your skin to get the blackhead out), or break out the plunger and try to suck it up.

Which brings us to out topic of today: The best pore vacuum. These devices enable you through gentle suction to suck the gunk out of your pores.
As with all beauty products many different varieties exist under the sun, however we will take a look at 3 products in particular that have been tried and tested.

Best pore vacuum #1:

ETTG Electric Facial Pores Cleanser

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The eTTG was recommended by most Amazon users in a recent survey. This pore vacuum, retailing for about $30, uses a reversible suction cup to clear debris from the pores to eliminate blackheads and was voted as the best pore vacuum.

PROS:

– Easy to clean, simple to operate, portable for home or travel use; 100% Brand New &High Quality.
– Use gentle, deep cleansing suction to remove skin impurities.
– Minimizes the appearance of large pores and helps to remove excess oil, dirt, blackheads & whiteheads.
– Powered by one AA battery ( not included); Dimension: W6 x D4.5 x H14cm.
– 100% Brand New and High quality from ETTG ,sold by ETTG ONLY! ETTG offers 12 months Warranty and 30 days free exchange.

CONS:

– Dependent on batteries.
– Not waterproof.

Best pore vacuum #2:

Generic Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Diamond Machine

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At the higher end of the market however a lot more practical in use than the eTTG, this generic blackhead vacuum features various sizes of extraction tips depending on the size of the blackhead or pimple you are trying to get out.
Press in the plunger of the syringe until it clicks into place. Put the tip over the desired blackhead or pimple and hold the outside of the pore vacuum chamber and press it against your skin. This pressure releases a spring-loaded vacuum to pull the debris out of the pore instantly

PROS:

– Solve problem: coarse pore, rough skin, dark skin, exfoliate dead skin, blackhead and pore of skin, dirt nose and Firm and Improve skin elasticity.
– Professional waterproof design, easy to clean mouth head.Rechargeable with LED light.
– Strong suction, Suction strength is adjustable,effectively to suck out the nose blackhead and acne.
– Prevent suction damage to the skin,rich in a variety of vitamins and protein, to bring the skin nutrients needed.
– To restore the skin without leaving a trace. the skin smooth and delicate.

CONS:

– Not the cheapest pore vacuum out there!

Best pore vacuum #3:

Panasonic Electric Pores Cleaner Spot suction pores EH2513P-P with mist

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Even though this might not seem as the best blackhead vacuum on the market today judging by the ratings on amazon, it might be because people are just using it wrong!
Very important with any pore vacuum is that you use it on wet skin, and maintain as a vacuum over your wet skin. Don’t just hold it in one place. Move it around to get the full effect!
Luckily the bulk of blackhead extractor vacuums are waterproof and this one is no exception.

Secondly it is important to hold it so that it maintains suction. As you move it around your face, it’ll gently pull your skin and the edge of the “suction cup” will gently scrape the gunk that gets sucked out. You will be able to see it.
Lastly use the pore vacuum as often as you need, but know that you will not be able to really see much of a difference until you’ve used it for a week or so. Your pores will be very clean, especially your nose area, and your skin will take on a healthy ‘clean’ glow.

If you are in to Japanese precision technology, this Panasonic blackhead extraction vacuum might just be the device for you!

PROS:

-It’s waterproof
-Doesn’t require any batteries and works on a simple charge for ages
-Gives your pores a thorough clean
-Effectively sucks the gunk out of your pores. You can even see it getting sucked out!
-Price/quality wise the best pore vacuum on the market! (Even though you might think otherwise from the amazon reviews)

CONS:

-Make sure you have the usage of the pore vacuum down before you write it off. Follow the steps given above and you should be fine!
-Your skin might feel like it is getting pulled and might not be suitable for people who have a sensitive skin

Prep And Prevention

Before using any pore vacuum, it is recommended that you take a hot shower or steam your face for a couple of minutes. The heat and moisture will soften the skin, making it easier to extract the blackheads.
To prevent future outbreaks, use skin pore cleansers and wash your face regularly with warm water and antibacterial facial soap.

How to use your best pore vacuum:

Usage:

Simply turn the device on when the skin is still a bit moist as this will help with the suction effect of the vacuum. Then once you are ready, simply place the pore vacuum on your skin. be careful though not to press it down on your skin. The suction of the pore vacuum will do enough already to keep it tight on the skin.

In fact to get the most out of your pore vacuum, you might actually have to hold it away from your skin a little, while still maintaining contact with the skin. It sounds a bit hard to describe but you need to provide some counter-force to the suction power of the vacuum in order to ensure that the blackhead vacuum moves fluently over your skin.

You can compare it to someone gently pinching your skin and holding on to it as the hand slides up and down your face. In this way, especially with softened skin through steaming, the blackheads and sebaceous filaments will be flying out of your pores in no-time!

After-care:

After you are done please take good care of cleaning the pore vacuum thoroughly. The sebum and other gunk that just came from your pores is a big infection risk and if you do not clean the device properly, risk of a new acne outbreak or new blackheads is increased!

Just as you take excellent care of your skin, please make sure to take excellent care of your skincare tools as well. This not only counts for this blackhead vacuum, it counts for other makeup tools as well, such as brushes or even comedo extractors.

Common issues with blackhead vacuums

If you have decided to purchase one then I commend you. Using a pore vacuum is one of the most surefire way to handle blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Without damaging your skin. However some issues do arise even when you use the best pore vacuum.

If you have sensitive skin, I highly advise you to thoroughly check the suction strengths of the device. Make sure you don’t overdo it. Too much suction can result in soreness of the skin. More so it can cause the appearance of red areas. As a result blackhead vacuums are not for everyone.

Lastly healthy skin starts with healthy tools. We can’t stress this enough. Therefore make sure you clean even the best pore vacuum to such a degree that it looks, smells and feels brand new. That truly is the only way to keep blackheads away for good!

Hopefully we have guided you well in your shopping decision for the best pore vacuum. Let us know in the comments below how your purchase has helped you!

Best Pore Strips: Biore, Clari-T and The Face Shop

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The 3 Best Pore Strips for Blackhead Extraction

Pore strips are a very valuable tool in your battle against blackheads. Making sure you find the best pore strips is key! When all else has failed and even your daily routine doesn’t do it’s tricks anymore, then pore strips or bands against blackheads might be your very last resort.
Plus you’ll get a great sense of satisfaction from pulling the band-aid away from your face and seeing the blackheads come with it!

Do they work?

There are a lot of steps you can take yourself to make sure pore strips work the way they should. You will not get the best effect out of the pore strips if for example you just sap them onto your nose without wetting your skin first. Most pore strips need at least some for of moisture to activate the glues inside the strip that make it adhere. Once the glue has been activated, it sticks to your open pore and to the gunk on those pore. A combination of under-pressure and adhesion make sure your pores are left behind as clean as possible.

Be aware though that pore strips (yes, even the best pore strips!) will NOT prevent blackheads from forming. That is just simply not how they work. In order to prevent blackheads from forming you’d be better off using a BHA cleanser combined with a toner.

Not all pore strips are created equal though. After testing several among our customers, we have come up with the best three. And as we are so nice, we have listed some of the best pore strips for you down below:

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

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When it comes to the best pore strips, Biore is currently market leader. After several years of experimenting they have perfected their version of the common pore strip with their Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. At roughly $13 for a pack of 24 there are hardly better deals you could do out there. Also on Amazon over 1000 people have reviewed this product and it has consistently scored a 4/5. So that many people can’t be wrong!

The Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are in our opinion better than the Ultra Deep Cleansing pore strips as these are less irritating to people who have a sensitive skin. These bands do not contain any alcohol or menthol making them more soothing than their ultra deep cleaning counterpart.
The big benefit of these Biore strips is that in one packet you not only get nose strips, as the bands are bigger than usual, meaning these are excellently suited for blackhead extraction from your forehead or cheek area as well!

Biore has also made a special version of the pore strips that is infusd with charcoal. These have as an extra benefit that they absorb some of the skin oil as they suck your blackheads out.
Try the charcoal pore strips instead!

 

Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleansing Nose Strips

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If you are in to natural products then this might be the product for you. Another one of the best pore strips on the market are the Earth Therapeutic’s Clari-T Pore Strips contain organic tea tree oil which has an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effect on your pores while the strips get to work locking in the nasty blackheads to be purged clear out from your pores.

These nose strips are excellent for people whose skin reacts kindly to the tree oil present in these strips. However if your skin is a sensitive skin type then these might not be the best suited product for you as your skin might dry out.

The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Nose Strips (w/ Aloe)

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The Face Shop’s Pore Strips use volcanic mud from New Zealand’s Rotorua area. It is considered one of the best pore strips that use volcanic mud. It’s a natural detoxifier that soaks up oil, dirt, and impurities from your pores. Not to mention it does a fantastic job of latching onto blackheads and pulling them clean out of your pores.

We love these packs as they’re natural, soothing (thanks, aloe) and detoxify naturally (thanks, mud) as well as do a great job extracting blackheads.

How to Get the Best Results with Blackhead Remover Strips…

  • Use (In)frequently. If you haven’t used one of these before (or it’s been a long time), you’re going to blown away by all the awesome gunk that comes out, and be tempted to do it again the next day, and the next, and the next. Don’t do that! These best pore strips provide a deep extraction that’s best used around once a week.
  • Steam first. Steam has a way of opening up your pores and open pores are easier targets for blackhead extraction. Use the pores after emerging from a hot, steamy shower for best results!
  • Clean after. Sometimes, a little residue from the pore strips will stay on your skin. Not cool. Make sure you clean your face of any pore strip residue afterwards as well as care for those pores that have recently lost their nasty residents (blackheads) with a gentle blackhead clearing cleansing regimen.

 

Hopefully now you have a good idea of what might be the best pore strips for you.

Best BHA exfoliant and blackhead extracting exfoliant

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For people already knowledgeable about BHA and its benefits, you can skip straight to Amazon’s Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant. It is the best BHA exfoliant for all types of skin currently available on the market.

Out of almost 500 customer reviews this product has 4/5 stars. At $29 with free shipping you’ll have to look far and wide to beat this sale.

Product Description

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SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid is a unique, completely non-abrasive, leave-on liquid exfoliant for daily use on all skin types.
However it has been proven to be the most effective with people who deal with oily skin on a daily basis. The salicylic acid present in this BHA exfoliant is the best working ingredient out there. It is extremely effective for people with oily skin types. As a result blemishes and acne will soon be a thing of the past!

Very often salicylic acid will be used in BHA type exfoliants. It is the same acting ingredient as you can find in common aspirin.
So there is no need to worry if the exfoliant would be too acidic for your skin to handle. If you have sensitive skin I would suggest to just try and treat a patch on your skin first to see how you’d react with introducing this new product into your skincare routine

Product details:

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid is Paul’s choice’s #1-selling exfoliant around the world—for good reason!

This best BHA exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8 and is formulated with additional soothing agents for enhanced benefits.
It gently exfoliates built-up layers of dead skin, just like your skin did naturally when you were younger. As a result this can be highly recommended for people with already older skin.
It also effectively unclogs pores, optimizes skin renewal and increases skin-clarity . As a result your skin will feel remarkably smoother. It’ll have smaller pores, a more refined texture, and less visible lines and wrinkles.
You will see results the first time you use it! All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.
As a result even if you have a more sensitive skin, the chances that you would react badly to the best BHA exfoliant in the world is highly unlikely!

How does it work?

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Naturally your skin already has systems in place to shed dead skin. Everybody has seen dandruff at some point in their lives and especially after a bad sunburn I can bet you’ve been peeling away at the dead skin layers!
However this natural system of shedding dead skin can be interrupted by sun damage.
Also your skintype, midlife changes or environmental factors can have an impact on how fast or how well your skin changes.
As a result at some points in time we need to exfoliate, help your body out.
However we need to do so in a gentle way as to not damage the skin any further. Hard scrubbing is rarely a good idea.
That’s why BHA exfoliants are such a good remedy. The acidity of this best BHA exfoliant gently eats away at the dead skin, leaving healthy and glowing skin behind!

The Difference Between AHA and BHA Exfoliants

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AHA and BHA can have a lot of things in common when it comes to fixing your skin overnight. Both can make your skin look years younger, more flexible and firmer looking in a matter of hours.

However BHA should be used in the following situations:

-BHA is ideal if you are dealing with oily skin, clogged pores, blackheads, blemishes, or enlarged pores.

-BHA is also preferred for those struggling with sensitive skin and redness.

Not everyone with temperamental skin can tolerate an exfoliant. BHA exfoliant however is the best option to get all the benefits a leave-on exfoliant can provide, while at the same time calm red areas and enhance smoother skin.

How to Find the Best BHA Exfoliant

Now that you know the many ways an AHA or BHA exfoliant can help improve the appearance of your skin, all that’s left to do is find the one that works best for you.
Choose a product and try it for 30-some days to see how your skin reacts. If you see results, keep using the product. However if you notice your skin is starting to change or you’re not getting the results you want; change your routine and try another product. What works for other people might not necessarily work for you!

As mentioned above this BHA exfoliant has been thoroughly tried and tested. Many different people around the world have tried it and the overall consensus seems to be that this for them is the best BHA exfoliant out there.
I think it’s because Paula’s Choice tends to go for natural products, leaving hard chemicals out of the formula. A lot of people suffer from sensitive skin so having heavy chemicals in your beauty products would eliminate a big market share for your products.
As a result I really like Paula’s Choice products just because they go the natural route.

Let me know in the comments below what best BHA exfoliant worked for you!

Other BHA exfoliants on the market

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This BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is clinically proven to reduce the formation of blackheads, reduce excess sebum and hydrate the skin. As it contains Betaine Salicylate, which is a natural BHA ingredient, it strengthens the skin. Instead of using purified water, it is made with White Willow bark water for that deep pore cleanse. Willow is the main source of salicylic acid in nature. As such the use of white willow bark water merely amplifies its potency. Some consider this to be the best bha exfoliant out there. Especially if you have sensitive skin you might want to try this product. Several people have stated that the betaine salicylate found in this product is a lot less agressive than the salicylic acid in most BHA exfoliants.

Free of parabens, artificial colorants, artificial fragrances, triethanolamine and phthalein.

Humane BHA Clarifying Toner, 4 Ounce

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Coming in slightly cheaper than our best BHA exoliant, this toner by Humane might be a more budget friendly product.

Perfect Your Skin

Humane’s BHA clarifying toner with salicylic acid gently exfoliates the skin’s surface to remove pore-clogging debris, excess dirt, and dead skin cells. The non-abrasive liquid also increases hydration, minimizes enlarged pores, and reduces fine lines to leave skin visibly firmer and radiant.

Their proprietary non-greasy formula glides on smooth and absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue. It also contains natural soothing agents to reduce redness and uneven skin tone.

Safer Ingredients

Unlike other major skin care brands who claim to make the best bha exfoliant, they refuse to use questionable ingredients like:

• Butylene Glycol: Can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and hives. Repeated exposure can lead to skin allergies.
• Tetrasodium EDTA: Made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. Can cause eczema and eye irritation.
• Polysorbate 20: Created with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. Linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity in animals.
• Parabens: Preservatives linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, & reproductive toxicity.

A Higher Standard

Here’s a little known fact: the FDA does not review, nor does it have the authority to regulate what goes into cosmetics before they are marketed for consumer use. Our mission is to raise the bar for personal care products, starting with honesty and transparency.

 

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment and Moisturizer

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This is a very good beta hydroxy acid (BHA, or salicylic acid) exfoliant for acne-prone skin! It’s medicated with 1% salicylic acid and its pH of 3.6 ensures it will function as an exfoliant. Surprisingly, the formula doesn’t contain irritants such as fragrant oils or alcohol—a rarity in anti-acne products—and it’s fragrance-free!

In addition to the salicylic acid being effective, the formula has a silky, slightly hydrating lotion texture that treats skin to a beneficial blend of fatty acids (which may help reduce inflammation from acne) as well as cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidant vitamin E (listed as tocopheryl acetate). If you’re sold on philosophy, this is definitely one of their best bha exfoliant out there.

Pros:

  • Contains 1% salicylic acid (BHA) formulated at a pH to ensure it works as an exfoliant.
  • Treats skin to anti-inflammatory fatty acids and cell-communicating ingredients for extra benefits.
  • Fragrance-free, silky lotion texture.
  • Provides light hydration.

Cons:

  • Expensive, and there are other well-formulated BHA products.
  • Rumours of animal testing

 

Let us know below what you think is the best bha exfoliant and what your experiences have been!