The 10 Best Blackhead Masks

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in March of 2018. For most of us, clogged pores and other skin blemishes are just an unfortunate fact of life. Blackheads are one of the most common skin concerns that plague people with all different complexions, and it seems like every time you get rid of one, ten more pop up. However, these masks claim they can help you tackle the problem quickly and easily, whether you prefer a scrub, wash-off, or peel formula. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Tata Harper Purifying

2. L'Oreal Paris Facial

3. Sunday Riley Saturn

Editor's Notes

July 01, 2020:

Anything in the beauty category can be tricky to keep up to date, as formulas are constantly being usurped by better options, improved with new ingredients, or just reworked to better address certain issues. The result was that we gutted this list and built it back up with brand new selections, keeping only LuckyFine Aloe Vera, Elizavecca 24K, Strawberry Black Sugar Scrub, and Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud from the original lineup. We also replaced Aliceva Purifying with the Aliceva Black, which is in essence the same, except that it no longer contains hyaluronic acid.

We kept LuckyFine Aloe Vera around for those who want something gentle, as most masks can be extremely harsh on the skin, whether sensitive or not. This gel-peel selection should be effective when applied properly but keep in mind that it may still have some ingredient that could annoy your skin, so do a patch test beforehand.

Among the fresh batch of selections we brought on today were two luxe options in the Sunday Riley Saturn and Tata Harper Purifying. Each has its own meticulously developed formula meant to tackle a host of issues, with blackhead removal being a handy casualty during the process. We especially love the Tata Harper brand for its US-based production and natural ingredients. Everything is sourced and mixed on the same farm in Vermont, using on-site chemists instead of outsourcing labor or ingredients from other countries or suppliers.

We also wanted to bring in two potent, yet budget-friendly options for those who need to see results but can't empty their wallet over it. They are the L'Oreal Paris Facial, an option that's part of a series of masks from the company that works especially well for exfoliation, and Neutrogena Clear, which is safe to use daily as a cleanser.

Bear in mind that masks are not meant to be used every day for risk of overly drying and irritating your skin. If blackheads are an aggressive issue that plagues you, consider supplementing a mask with other blackhead removal tools so as not to interfere with your natural sebum production.

Special Honors

La Prairie Cellular Notably expensive, this peel from La Prairie Switzerland acts as a resurfacing mask and requires only three minutes to take effect. It provides rapid exfoliation and works to clear away dead skin and surface debris, helping to control breakouts, black and whiteheads, and oil production. It's formulated with AHAs and BHAs, salicylic acid, and mixed fruit acids.

Lancer Clarifying Detox Mask For oily, congested, and acne-prone skin, this fast-acting green clay mask helps to clarify and leaves behind a citrus bergamot scent. This luxe option contains 3% sulfur to absorb excess sebum, while green tea and green clay work to reduce the appearance of redness that comes with irritation and breakouts. The face should appear clear with blackheads, pores, and rough texture visibly improved.

4. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud

5. Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Scrub

6. Aliceva Black

7. Neutrogena Clear

8. Aztec Secret

9. Elizavecca 24K

10. LuckyFine Aloe Vera

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Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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