A number of factors contribute to the formation of blackheads, including excess oil production, dead skin cells, and makeup buildup. And while some people are more prone to blackheads than others, anyone can get them. Luckily, a proactive skincare routine and the right blackhead treatments can help.
“Blackhead removal is possible at home and can be safe under the right circumstances," explains Nadir Qazi, DO, board-certified physician, cosmetic dermatology surgeon, and owner of Qazi Cosmetic Clinic Irvine, California. "For example, using the right tools and products rather than squeezing or popping the blackheads out with fingernails—as that method can cause permanent scarring to the skin." We researched dozens of products and consulted dermatologists to find the best at-home treatment options for stubborn blackheads.