If you want to get rid of blackheads permanently, you’ll need more than a pore vacuum. “Acne is a multi-factorial issue,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Zenovia Gabriel told Greatist. “Blackheads and other pimples need topical medication to eliminate and control. There is no one device that solves the whole issue of acne or blackheads — you need a combination approach.” Blackheads are typically treated with skin care ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinol.
Chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs are also particularly helpful when treating blackheads (via Harper’s Bazaar). AHAs, like glycolic acid and lactic acid, can help decongest pores while BHAs like salicylic acid can remove oil buildup within your pores. Clay and charcoal masks also penetrate deep into pores and help dissolve buildup that can lead to blackheads.
If you’re really struggling with blackheads, give your dermatologist a visit. Everyone has a unique skin type, and a professional skin doctor is the most qualified person to give you advice on how to treat your woes. They’ll also be able to direct you to the safest options, which will leave your skin glowing and healthy for years to come.