You’ll struggle to find anyone that hasn’t suffered with blackheads in their lifetime. Characterised by their tiny head that’s black in colour, these small-but-mighty spots can sometimes seem impossible to banish. Blackheads are commonly mistaken for dirty skin when this isn’t the case – it’s a build-up of dead skin cells and excess sebum in open pores, meaning that the oxygen reacting with the open surface gives them their black colour.
When it comes to getting rid of blackheads, salicylic acid is your go-to ingredient for breaking down the debris and clearing the skin. Naturally, the best place to start is with your cleanser, so we’ve got our go-tos together to give you some inspo.
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
Is there anything that Mario Badescu haven’t got covered? The iconic skincare brand has a does-it-all cleanser that will not only work hard on breaking down sebum and breakouts, but it also soothes and calms your skin too. Formulated with salicylic acid, this gel cleanser penetrates pores to loosen and clear any impurities, dirt, and debris that can turn into blackheads. The addition of a soothing blend of botanicals including aloe vera, chamomile, and thyme ensure that your skin is thoroughly cleansed without feeling tight or stripped.
COSRX AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser
When it comes to breakouts and troubled skin, COSRX has some of our most trusted formulas. This gentle foam cleanser has a dreamy duo of ingredients that work on overhauling the skin at the end of a long day. Hero ingredient salicylic acid clears the skin and removes impurities which can lead to blackhead formation, whilst centella asiatica (AKA cica) calms, soothes, and refreshes, making this spot-busting formula suitable for sensitive skin types too.
Formula 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime
Oh, how we love a multitasking formula and this number from Formula 10.0.6 is a firm favourite when it comes to clearing breakouts. Specifically formulated to tackle blackheads, this 3-in-1 treatment helps to remove excess oil, unclog pores, and banish blackheads for good. Pink grapefruit thoroughly cleanses the skin, whilst jojoba exfoliates. Use as a face wash, mask, or scrub and watch those blackheads disappear in no time.
NIOD Sanskrit Saponins
When NIOD created Sanskrit Saponins, they wanted to address the issue that a lot of cleansers only clear the surface of the skin. So, they formulated an intense cleansing balm that not only cleans the surface of the skin, but right down into the pores to get rid of any traces of sebum, build-up, and congestion, without irritating or being harsh on the skin.
grüum kóri Exfoliating Face Wash
Simple skincare brand grüum has fast become a favourite in our routines for effective formulas that don’t break the bank. Their kóri Exfoliating Face Wash is no exception and the gentle, natural, vegan formula makes quick work of clearing your complexion. Enriched with eucalyptus, a natural antibacterial, Moroccan orange to brighten, and witch hazel to soothe, this cleanser is great skin in a bottle.
Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash
For those days when your skin needs a little reset, reach for the Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash. Formulated with a blend of AHAs, this cleanser works to clear the skin, get rid of pore-clogging debris, and exfoliate, resulting in a brighter, healthier complexion. This stronger formula means that it’s best not to use it every day, but instead just when your skin feels like it needs a pick-me-up.
Skincare By BEAUTY BAY Super Jelly Cleansing Gel
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the simple yet effective formula of the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY Super Jelly Cleansing Gel works for every skin type. The soothing gel formula works to cleanse pores and remove debris, whilst the prebiotics and avocado oil inside help to balance bacteria, hydrate, and restore the skin.
COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Not strictly a cleanser, but we couldn’t not mention this blackhead-busting powerhouse. Another firm favourite from COSRX, the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is a toner that helps you say bye to blackheads. The gentle, exfoliating solution uses salicylic acid to reach deep down into the pores and break down any sebum, impurities, and dead skin cells. Combined with willow bark water to calm, this is our go-to hero when it comes to banishing blackheads for good.