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The Best Blackhead Removers of 2021

Chances are, you’ve had to deal with clogged pores since you were a teenager. And if you’re tired of having unsightly black and white dots speck your face, our resident beauty and skincare enthusiast has put together this list of the best gadgets you can use to tackle those blackheads ASAP!

The top blackhead removers

What to look for in your next purchase

No matter how you choose to physically extract your blackheads there are a few features that will let you know if this product will work for you. Some features that should make you consider a product are:

  • Gentle suction – a suction on a physical that’s too strong for your skin type can leave you with redness and hickeys, especially if used incorrectly.
  • Price – Skincare doesn’t need to be expensive, but as always, better ingredients, better craftsmanship or better results often come with “better” pricing. Don’t worry though, we’ve got options for every budget below.
  • Features – The add-ons you get along with your purchase can help customize the device to suit your unique needs. Different features can also enhance the results and the toolset you have to work with.

How we picked

Our resident skincare enthusiast scoured the internet for what dermatologists, estheticians and other reviewers had to say about clearing up blackheads, whiteheads, acne and clogged pores. She then poured over reviews of different products that had stellar reviews (at least 4 stars with the more reviewers the better). From there, we chose what was available in Canada that was expert recommended.

The best pore extractors

LONOVE Pore Vaccuum

Possibly, the most widely praised and critically acclaimed pore vacuum out there, the Lonove Pore Vaccuum will bring your esthetician to your home. If you’re the type who enjoys those blackhead removal videos, then you’ll get a kick out of seeing all the debris pulled from your pores in the suction head. The Lonove features an ergonomic design, 5 levels of intensity, an additional 4 heads– one of which is a cooling rollerball, and a 4 comedone extractors. The extra small attachment is especially good for those who suffer from blackheads in and around the ear and nose. The Lonove charges via USB and has a LED battery display, meaning you won’t have to guess how much charge your device has remaining.

As always, start with a hot compress to dislodge the debris and, starting with a low intensity, move the vacuum upwards along the face, not staying in one place for too long to avoid giving yourself a hickey.

Pros
  • Different head attachments, including a cooler ball one.
  • Comes with pimple extractor kit.
Cons
  • Expensive.
  • Suction can be a bit strong.

Best luxury blackhead remover

Microderm GLO Mini

Microdermabraision this the process of gently filing away, the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal a brand new, fresh layer underneath. Typically done by a dermatologist with a scalpel, the GLO Mini brings the spa right into your home. Its diamond tips come in 2 sizes, and the kit comes with 20 replacement pads that will last you a long time. The device itself has an LED screen to guide you through your routine. However, while this is the most acclaimed product on this list, it is also the most expensive. So if you’re looking to upgrade your skincare routine, the GLO Mini should be your first pick.

Pros
  • Diamond-tipped pads.
  • Exfoliates as well.
Cons
  • Really expensive.

Best affordable blackhead remover

XPrene Blackhead Remover

The XPrene will offer you a bare-bones product for a bare-bones price. With 3 intensity levels, a simple blue beauty light and 4 additional size attachments. The XPrene is a good choice for those who don’t want all the fuss with their beauty gadget.

Pros
  • Blue beauty light.
  • 3 Intensities.
Cons
  • Bare bones attachments.

BESTOPE Blackhead Remover

For those trying to battle blackheads in addition to the odd breakout but don’t have the budget to spring for the LONOVE, the BESTOPE is a good alternative. With 5 replaceable heads and an additional 2 comedone extractors to help you lance any stray pimples that may appear.

It features 5 intensity levels, to give you the best results without damaging your skin. It also has red, green and blue beauty lights to help encourage cell turnover, regulate oil and minimize the appearance of pores. This and the XPrene above both retail for the same base price, but this can often be found on sale for even less. So, since it comes with additional features, this one may be worth more for your buck.

Pros
  • Has Beauty Lights.
  • Comes with pimple lancers.
Cons
  • N/A.

Other ways to get rid of blackheads

Bioré charcoal nose strips

These are not only an affordable option for those looking to ameliorate their acne woes; they’re also widely praised for their effectiveness. These ones, in particular, use activated charcoal to draw up impurities leaving a satisfying graveyard of gunk on the strip once removed. Pore strips, in general, stick to the face with a very strong adhesive, meaning that if you’re not careful or if you have sensitive skin, you may suffer some irritation.

As always, pore strips are only effective as a short-term solution. If they are your only method of blackhead removal, you may have to use them 2-3 times a week to see consistent results.

Pros
  • Easy, readily available.
Cons
  • Short-term solution.

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Frequent questions about blackhead removers

What is a blackhead?

Blackheads are the result of dead skin cells, dirt and oils becoming trapped within the pores of the skin and oxidizing, giving them a dark appearance.

How to get rid of blackheads?

Though often ignored, dermatoligists recommend not squeezing them out or popping pimples. Squeezing blackheads and clogged pores can result in redness and irritation from broken capillaries and exacerbate skin conditions like eczema. However, you can remove blackheads from the surface by using pore vacuums, strips or comedone extractors (blemish remover loops). But these are only temporary, as your skin is constantly turning over cells and producing oil, so they work best as an addition to a good skin-care routine.

To keep blackheads away in the long-term without further damaging the skin, whether it’s in your cleansers or masks, you’ll want to look for AHAs, like glycolic or lactic acid, to dissolve dead skin cells and dirt before they can clog your pores, or BHAs like salicylic acid that penetrates deep into pores to clear out any clogs. There are other non-medicinal ingredients that you can look for too to remove impurities. Activated charcoal also draws out impurities like a magnet, while clay pulls out impurities as it dries.

How to use a blackhead remover tool.

Dermatologists really don’t like it when you try to DIY your acne treatments. But, hypothetically, if you were to get yourself a comedone extractor, then you could just surround the pimple with the loop end of the extractor and apply gentle pressure to extract. Too much pressure and you’ll damage the skin underneath.

How to use a pore remover

Start with a warm compress or steaming your face to open your pores* and help loosen debris. Hold the extractor at a 45-degree angle to your face and gently slide across the face towards the centre of the face, or hairline to nose. Finish off with the rest of your skincare routine, including a moisturizer. Avoid anything too exfoliating as that will aggravate the skin.

*Pores don’t literally open because they never close. They just dialate and contract.

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Rhea Henry

Rhea Henry is a writer and reviewer for Rank-It.ca. She’s written for a variety of projects ranging from how you can save on your bills each month to what to look for in your next kitchen appliance. She writes, sings, dances, plays guitar, paints and hates sitting still.
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