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It’s weirdly satisfying to pop acne, but this is one of those situations where a guilty pleasure meets a big problem. Squeezing blemishes and blackheads to oblivion can (and often will) result in scarring, inflammation, or infection no matter how clean your fingers are. So if you really can’t wait it out and want those suckers extracted, go the professional route with any of these blackhead-removal tools that eliminate skin contact, and, as a result, preserve skin health.
The Best Blackhead Removal Tools
- Best Overall: JPNK Blackhead-Remover Tool Kit
- Best Comedone Extractor: Tweezerman No-Slip Skin Care Tool
- Best 3-in-1 Tool: PMD Wave Pro
- Best Pore Strips: Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (14-Count)
- Best Pore Vacuum: CLEASO Blackhead-Remover Pore Vacuum
What is a Blackhead-Removal Tool?
Blackhead-removal tools are sometimes called blackhead or comedone extractors, and they're used by aestheticians in the spa or at a doctor’s office. According to double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, M.D., they work by applying pressure on the pore to extract blackheads and other gunk embedded in your skin.
How to Shop
DeRosa says the three most important factors are ease of use, cleaning ability, and price point. “At-home blackhead-removal tools should be straightforward enough to be used without expert technique, shouldn’t be too expensive, and be easy to clean. My preference is a stainless steel-made tool since these can be soaked in rubbing alcohol between uses without damaging the tool itself,” she says.
Manual Versus Automatic Capabilities
➥ Manual blackhead tools come in different shapes and forms, such as the JPNK Blackhead Remover Tool Kit. Given their simplistic design and the fact that you must manually apply pressure to unleash any dirt and grime in your pores, these blackhead-removal tools are cheaper than automatic options.
➥ Automatic blackhead-removal tools, such as the Cleaso Blackhead-Remover Pore Vacuum, rely on suction. DeRosa prefers using manual tools because suction may be difficult to control, and effective use of a vacuum will rely on the tightness of its contact with the skin.
Ultimately, it doesn't really matter which blackhead-removal tool you use, but rather that you're using one safely and correctly following the manufacturer's instructions. “At-home removal tools are effective, but using them incorrectly might do more harm than good. This is because if you apply too much pressure, you can damage the skin,” says DeRosa. She adds you'll want to always prep your skin with the compact Panasonic facial steamer to open up the pores and help prevent discomfort when removing blackheads.
Ready for glowing, smooth-AF skin? Of course, you are! DeRosa and our beauty editor, Nicole Saunders, share the best blackhead-removal tools they enjoy using. Saunders also carefully researched other promising blackhead-removal tools across various price points to ensure you find a top-rated product that fits your budget.
Eunice Lucero-Lee is the Senior Editor for Best Products, and is a beauty, astrology, and pop culture obsessive whose work has been featured in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, The Numinous, and woman&home, among many others. A (very) proud cat mom, she spends her time in Manhattan obsessing over celebrity natal charts, luxury skincare, and Scandi-noir, as well as finding the perfect K-Pop vid to save the day. She can order drinks perfectly in Korean.
Nicole Saunders is the Beauty Editor at BestProducts.com, where she oversees coverage on all things beauty. When she's not creating shopping guides, interviewing experts, and testing beauty treatments, you can probably find her walking around Lower Manhattan or overanalyzing the latest episode of "Succession." You can send all lipstick and calamari recommendations to her inbox and DM her memes on Instagram.
Julia Horniacek is the former fashion and beauty editor for BestProducts.com. When she's not resisting the “add to cart” button on e-commerce sites or chocolate everything, she's a fitness fanatic you’ll find at the gym, sipping an array of seasonal decaffeinated beverages or documenting her life via Insta pics.
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