The Products Our Editors Use to Prevent Blackheads
As if clogged pores weren’t bad enough, an all-too-common side effect is blackheads. These blemishes—which look like tiny black dots on the skin—can not only look unsightly, but can also be a real pain to get rid of. Needless to say when it comes to blackheads, our editors are more focused on a prevention plan versus a treatment plan. By following a consistent routine with the right products, you can kick pore-clogging impurities to the curb and keep blackheads at bay. Below, we share the products—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that our editors swear to help keep their skin clean and blackheads under control.
JESSICA KHORSANDI, SENIOR BEAUTY EDITOR
Try: SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, $52 MSRP
What It Does: Formulated with earth clays and a hydroxy acid blend, this mask can help lift surface impurities and oils, exfoliate the skin, and help decongest pores. Continued use week over week can leave skin purified.
Why Our Editor Loves It: “Over the years I have found that if I follow a consistent routine of keeping my skin clean and my pores decongested, I have better luck keeping blackheads under control. That’s why I turn to clay masks, which can help draw out dirt and other pore-clogging impurities before they have a chance to wreak havoc. SkinCeuticals’ Clarifying Clay Masque is one of my go-tos thanks to its formula, which can remove impurities and oils and leave my skin purified week over week.”
CHRISTINA HEISER, SENIOR BEAUTY EDITOR
What It Does: When it comes to cleansing oily skin, you’ll want to turn to a cleansing water that can remove your makeup thoroughly, in addition to removing dirt and oils from your skin. Enter: L’Oréal Paris’ Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal/Oily Skin. It’s suitable enough for sensitive skin types and works to purify and mattify the skin.
Why Our Editor Loves It: “I always make sure to take my makeup off before bed to help prevent blackheads from cropping up on my skin. My favorite is L’Oréal Paris’ Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal/Oily Skin. It's super gentle but gets rid of impurities, even stubborn mascara.”
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JELANI ADDAMS-ROSA, ASSOCIATE BEAUTY EDITOR
Try: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Pure-Clay Mask, $12.99 MSRP
What It Does: Formulated with kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava clays, this face mask helps draw out a buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils to reduce excess shine. As a result, the skin is perfectly clean and clear, with pores looking unclogged and impurities removed.
Why Our Editor Loves It: “I don't get blackheads often, but when I do I get them on my nose and chin area—and they're really stubborn. To keep them at bay, I mask with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify. The formula draws out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils in my pores.”
JENNIFER HUSSEIN, JUNIOR BEAUTY EDITOR
Try: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, $12.99 MSRP
What It Does: Powered by three pure clays and charcoal, this face mask helps illuminate the look of dull and tired skin, all while removing dirt and impurities from the skin’s surface.
Why Our Editor Loves It: “When it comes to blackheads, my T-zone is always my most problem area. What I love about the L’Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Face Mask is that it not only helps draw out dirt, oil, and impurities from my pores, but also leaves my skin feeling clean and looking more radiant.”
CLAIRE RODGERS, JUNIOR BEAUTY EDITOR
Try: Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser, $18 MSRP
Benefits: Formulated with salicylic acid, glycolic acid & LHA, the Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser deeply cleanses and purifies to reveal skin that looks and feels clear. As an added bonus, the formula is also soap-, alcohol-, paraben-, and oil-free.
Why Our Editor Loves It: “I’ve been fortunate to not deal with blackheads often, which I’d like to chalk up to my prevention plan. I cleanse with Normaderm Gel Cleanser, which helps to decongest the look of my pores and keep my skin clear of dirt and impurities, which could cause clogs to form in the first place.”
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