15 Effective Face Masks If You Want to Prevent and Get Rid of Blackheads


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Blackheads are a special kind of annoying. They're pesky, persistent, and seem to be more difficult to clear out than other forms of skin congestion. Luckily, if you struggle with these particular kinds of invaders, you've come to the right place. If you have blackheads, dermatologists have recs to help you banish them for good.

I enlisted the help of two board-certified derms, Marisa Garshick, MD, and Azadeh Shirazi, MD for the full scoop on the matter. Their advice? Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. "When dealing with blackheads or to prevent the formation, it can be important to use a retinoid to help regulate skin cell turnover to prevent pores from becoming clogged," says Garshick. "Additionally using salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, can be helpful to penetrate deep into pores and help to unclog them as well as exfoliate away dead skin. Charcoal and clay-based products can also help to reduce the appearance of blackheads by drawing out the contents of the pores."

Shirazi also adds that AHA or BHA clearing pads can be helpful when dealing with blackheads, too. "My patients love [my] Clarify Pads with glycolic acid and 2% salicylic to treat this type of acne and improve skin texture. It comes with 60 pads and they're really easy to use. Some like to use them as both a cleansing wipe and toner in one." Shirazi also says if you prefer a good mask over treatment pads, it's best to use it one to three times a week to keep your pores clear. That being said, keep scrolling below for the best face masks for blackheads as picked by dermatologists.

1. GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask 

2. St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Scrub

3. Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask

4. Paula's Choice Clear Purifying Clay Mask

5. Bliss the Detoxifier Charcoal Facial Mask

6. Acne Free Kaolin Clay Detox Mask

7. Cetaphil Pro DermaControl Purifying Clay Mask

8. Good Science Beauty Purifying Facial


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9. PCA Skin Purifying Mask

10. Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask

11. AziMD Skincare Detox Mask

12. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask

13. Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Clay Mask 

14. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 

15. GlamGlow Supersmooth Acne-Clearing 5-Minute Mask to Scrub

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.