Five favorite new products that reduce and control the pesky problem of blackheads.
What skin-care woe is more frustrating than a pimple and even tougher to get rid of? Blackheads.
Excess oil and dead skin will continue to clog our pores — and, yes, oxidize into a black color for all to see — but there are ways to reduce and control the pesky problem. While there’s no miracle, one-cure-fits-all solution to erase blackheads permanently, these new products are some of the best we’ve seen for prevention and treatment.
Proactiv Skin Clearing Water Gel ($31 at amazon.com). Battle blackheads and breakouts with this lightweight gel made with 2 percent salicylic acid and a dose of hyaluronic acid. Not only does this fast-absorbing treatment fight blemishes and clogged pores, it also maintains the skin’s moisture barrier.
Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel with Volcanic Sand ($34 at boscia.com). This lightweight peel uses volcanic sand to purify and reduce the appearance of pores, soothe the skin and aid in the reduction of hyperpigmentation.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80 at drunkelephant.com). Don’t miss this weekly treatment made with 25 percent glycolic acid, 2 percent salicylic acid and an added blend of tartaric, lactic and citric acids. The pH-balanced treatment gives pores a deep clean and resurfaces skin to restore its natural radiance.
Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Mask ($65 at goldfadenmd.com). Whether you use this new formula as a spot treatment or full-face mask, the results will be the same: unclogged pores, reduced redness and a healthier complexion. Using a trifecta of zinc oxide, sulfur and camphor, this powerhouse product protects against irritation, regulates oil production and draws out impurities to refresh and restore skin in minutes — all without chemical additives or irritating medication.
Biore Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser ($6 at target.com). Cleanse and battle blackheads with this daily refresher that uses natural charcoal to absorb excess oil and salicylic acid to treat blemishes, leaving pores clear and blackheads at bay.