The best blackhead removers to give pores a good clear-out

Say bye bye to clogged pores

Best blackhead removers

by Phoebe Denman |
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From extractor tools to strips and masks, the best professional blackhead removers come in all sorts of forms. There’s no better feeling than having clear skin, especially during the warmer months when we want to go makeup-free without feeling self-conscious, but even the most skincare-obsessed of us have suffered with dreaded blackheads at one point or another.

“Though blackheads can be frustrating, the good news is that they are one of the easiest types of acne to treat if you take care to address them properly,” says Hollywood Skin Expert and Aesthetician, and Founder of Kate Somerville Skincare Kate Somerville. The key to getting rid of blackheads from your skin lies in being patient and resisting the temptation to squeeze them out yourself.”

Closer’s best blackhead removers at a glance:

Best blackhead remover for nose area: Brushworks HD Blackhead & Blemish Remover Set, £5.88 on Amazon

Best pore-clearing blackhead remover:Fenty Skin Cookies n Clean Face Mask, £27 on Sephora

Best pore-tightening blackhead remover: Foreo Kiwi Blackhead Remover Pore Vacuum, £119 on Sephora

Though squeezing blackheads out by hand is definitely not recommended, there are plenty of tools and treatments on the market to help you banish the pesky blemishes. If you’re curious about how to best target blackheads, make sure you also read our pieces on how to get rid of whiteheads and the best salicylic acid cleansers.

In helping you sort through the best blackhead removers for your needs, we’ve put together a list of top picks. Hopefully, you won’t need them, but it definitely won’t hurt having them around just in case…

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Best blackhead remover for blemish-prone skin

Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Foaming CleanserKate Somerville

When it comes to targeting those pesky blackheads and blemishes, Kate Somerville is a firm favourite. The whipped texture of this daily cleanser purifies and protects, working to keep pores clear and oil production balanced, while also giving you a healthy glow.

Tried & tested by Style Writer Phoebe Denman: This purifying cleanser practically banishes blackheads and it works, thanks to the sulfur and natural oat extract in its formula. I’ve been using it morning and night, but I also like to use it as a mask once a week to prevent new breakouts.


  • Fights acne
  • Soothes skin
  • Contains skin-clearing ingredients


  • Takes a few weeks of use to start working

Best pore-clearing blackhead remover

Fenty Skin Cookies n Clean Face MaskSephora

This clarifying mask has encapsulated charcoal beads in it that burst upon massaging into the skin and help to detoxify pores. It also contains salicylic acid which helps to clear out pores, as well as controlling excess sebum production.

Tried & tested by Style Writer Phoebe Denman: I use this pore-minimising mask when I really need a heavy hitter to give my complexion a good detox. It’s a gentle clay mask and has helped so much with my oily, acne-prone skin.


  • Reduces shine
  • Extracts oil, dirt and impurities
  • Contains skin-clearing ingredients


  • Pricey for the amount of product you get

Best blackhead remover for improving skin texture

Price: £119

This blackhead-busting tool not only minimises the appearance of large pores but also reduces oil congestion and lifts and tones the skin. To use, just dampen the skin, then turn on the extract mode and gently glide the tool in an upward and outward motion across your face with the front side turned down.

Customer review: This is like a spa day right in the comfort of your own home! This device seriously delivers. The PMD Wave Pro uses innovative microcurrent technology to tone, firm and rejuvenate your skin. After just a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in the texture and elasticity of my skin.


  • Acne-positive
  • Works quickly
  • Effective on whiteheads and blackheads


  • Takes a while to figure out how to use the device properly

Best blackhead remover for nose area

Brushworks HD Blackhead & Blemish Remover SetBrushworks

Use this blackhead remover set to gently push out unwanted blemishes in hard-to-reach places like the contours of the nose. For any type or size blackhead, this set has four different types of extractors and is made with stainless steel for extra strength and minimised irritation.

Customer review: Every tool has a purpose, great for popping spots and removing blackheads in awkward areas (chin and nose). Definitely recommend!


  • Includes four different tools to remove skin blemishes and unclog pores
  • Made with stainless steel for extra strength
  • Works quickly


  • Some users say that the tweezers are too blunt

Best blackhead remover for whiteheads

Tweezerman Skincare ToolTweezerman

This pick from Tweezerman works to effectively press out blackheads and whiteheads and unclog pores. Make sure to use a hot towel or take a steamy shower or bath before using to open pores.

Customer review: My skin has been begging for this! I use it after a bath or when warm, glide it across the needy areas of my skin and voila – it expels what is trapped within. When I first got it I wasn’t sure it would work as my previous tool just had a small round hole, however, while that used to leave circles on my face, the Tweezerman does not.


  • Removes whiteheads and blackheads
  • Make an instant improvement
  • Gentle


  • Some users say it only works on larger blackheads

Best blackhead remover for deep blackheads

Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing FacialCult Beauty

With exfoliating acids, this skin texture-improving treatment gently dissolves dulling skin cells. The best part? It also contains a hydrating cocktail of ingredients, so your skin stays moisturised while fighting the appearance of blackheads.

Customer review: This mask gives you baby skin in 15 minutes. Incredible results!


  • Boosts radiance
  • Dissolves dead skin cells
  • Hydrating


  • May require multiple applications to see results

Best splurge

If you have deep-rooted blackheads, opt for this Foreo device that will both remove blackheads and exterminate any remaining bacteria under the skin to prevent future breakouts with its blue LED light. If you’re looking to spend a bit of cash on a splurge-worthy blackhead remover that works, this gentle tool is the way to go.

Customer review: If you suffer from oily t-zone with blackheads and whiteheads and unfer your chin etc., this really clears them! I also have pigmentation from sun damage and this has actually lightened it. Overall my skin is so much brighter from day one and my pores are clear.


  • Features a blue LED light to exterminate any remaining bacteria
  • Prevents future breakouts
  • Cute design


  • Doesn't extract deep-rooted blackheads

Can you use blackhead remover tools every day?

“I would not recommend daily use,” says GP, Aesthetic Doctor and FOREO Key Opinion Leader Dr Raj Arora. Once a week should be more than enough and even less if possible. Devices are not the treatment for blackheads/whiteheads – a good skincare routine is! Devices like the FOREO Kiwi can be used as a useful adjunct but will not treat the issue if used in isolation.”

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