Oh, what we wouldn’t give to get rid of blackheads once, and for all. But no. Disgusting little black dots are all-time niggling skincare issues. And maybe you tried all the known products for blackhead removal — clay mask, toner, cleanser — the list goes on. Yet, it keeps coming back (or shockers - it just stays). Simple as that. So before you bust out your mirror and start popping blackheads like it's a game, hear me out. Because we’re the same — trapped in an endless quest of unclogging our pores of dirt, I rounded up the eight best Korean skincare products for blackhead removal that really do the work (AMAZINGLY!) And, products you can now score at Go Bloom & Glow.
But let me tell you first what EXACTLY is a blackhead. Aside from the noticeable rough texture of these irksome clusters, blackheads are actually results of clogged mixture dead skin cells and oil - among other things. Unlike whiteheads, blackheads are open on the skin's surface. When the pores are left open, it can give chance for this little plug of gunk to oxidize and turn black. Long story short, it is more irritating because it’s more noticeable in our skin. As promised, here’s our list of the best Korean skincare products to get rid of blackheads:
First up is the powerful Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x. This is claimed to be one of the best treatment clay masks in Korea. It boasts a 6-in-1 pore power backed up by super volcanic cluster capsules that can absorb sebum and cleanse pores. Yep. We’re talking about the famous Jeju volcanic clay here. This ingredient is made from minerals released by volcanic explosions in Jeju (just as the name suggests). No wonder, the extract has some magical purifying properties that draw out sebum from the pores.
But, there’s more. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x also contains AHA ingredient that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and in turn, smoothen out the skin.
Katelyn: This product is very cooling! I let it stay on my face for 10 minutes, and its cooling effect is very refreshing. I love how it didn’t dry my skin after using it. I felt like my pores are cleaned after washing it. It also left my skin soft and smooth. It also has an instant brightening effect! ❤️
See: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x, ₱800.00
One of the Korean skincare products' holy grail — COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid really live up to the hype. Made with betaine salicylate to fight acne-causing bacteria, this oil-soluble liquid deeply cleanses through sebum. Unlike products formulated from AHAs that only water-soluble and only reach on the skin surface, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid softens blackheads and exfoliates dead skin cells.
Not only it can effectively reduce blackheads and excess sebum, but it also improves overall radiance.
Lauramiks: Lesser blackheads! I have been battling with a major blackhead problem for quite a while and I have tried everything from different brand of nose strips to the comedone remover. This does not make my face sting and it does not cause any irritation. It is very gentle on the face and having used it for a week, I have seen my blackheads shrink and become smaller.
See: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, ₱990.00
For anyone who has more sensitive skin, the innovative Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon is perfect for you. It offers a chemical and physical exfoliation that can surely remove blackheads. Maybe, you can finally shut the door for those little black dots.
BONUS: Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon contains the magical power of Vitamin C that can help fade acne and brighten the skin.
Mitch: I noticed when I started using this, the other skincare products I applied to my face worked better than before. My skin tone also lightened. I also love the smell! Will absolutely buy again.
See: Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon, ₱1,295.00
Cult-fave Dear Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil proves to be a go-to oil-based cleanser for people with sensitive skin. Packed with hypo-allergenic formula and vegetable oils, it effectively cleanses and moisturizes the skin pores after a full day of encountering grime outside.
No clogging? No blackheads. It also boasts the power of Vitamin E that can give anti-aging benefits.
Jenina: It was my first time to try this product. I have sensitive skin so I really did some research before using this. And I must say, my skin feels so CLEAN, SMOOTH, and SOFT after using it!!! Will definitely order again from this shop!
See: Dear Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, ₱1,200.00
Now, a facial scrub can also do the trick. The famous Dear Klairs Black Sugar Facial Polish is known to remove impurities like blackheads and sebums. It is also added with moisturizing ingredients that ensure skin to be smooth and clear throughout the day. Formulated with black sugar, cranberry oil, shea butter, and vitamins A and E, it provides gentle exfoliation.
BONUS: This sugar exfoliator offers anti-bacterial and anti-aging facial benefits. Need I say more?
Gladys: A very good physical exfoliator. It also good at getting rid of the excess sebum, so I feel clean after using this as well as the next day. I have an oily T zone so this really a good but. I use this twice a week, just remember just like any other physical exfoliators to not rub too hard on your skin as it will cause redness/irritation.
See: Dear Klairs Black Sugar Facial Polish, ₱1,200.00
This great cleanser is perfect for your morning routine (or even evening routine). COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser features low pH formula gel cleanser that doesn’t remove your skin’s natural oils. But, COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser’s BHA can easily strip the skin of dead cells and penetrate the pores for blackhead removal. Infused with tea tree oil, it makes a great find for your Korean skincare routine.
Jen: I’ve been using this product day and night for a week now and I’ve noticed it’s cleansed my face thoroughly without removing the moisture. I feel my skin smooth, soft and clean. It doesn’t break me out. I loved it.
See: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, ₱540.00
PORELESS. The ultimate way to protect your skin from getting blackheads. Unfortunately, achieving a poreless skin is a hard thing. But you know what? COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid’s claim to fame is in its name itself. So, maybe going poreless is not hopeless after all. This cult-fave offers a cooling mix of BHAs and tannin that help on quickly closing the pores without irritation.
And you know what else? It is alcohol-free and it's suitable for any skin types. Goodbye, blackheads and say hello to glass skin!
Anne: I've only been using this for a couple of weeks or so, and while I haven't seen any changes on the appearance of my pores yet, I still love this product (and will still continue using it!) because it keeps my pores oh so clean. I easily get clogged pores (I'm perpetually plagued by comedones and blackheads.), but this miracle product help keeps them at bay, which is a huge help for an oily-skinned gal like me! I also like its effect upon application, it makes my face appear so smooth. This is also perfect for toner masking! How I do it: I pour some of the product on a cotton pad and leave it on my cheeks for 5 mins--the cooling sensation is so refreshing! Will keep on using this and hoping that it will help diminish the appearance of my large pores.
See: COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid, ₱990.00
What are your favorite Korean products for blackheads? Let us know in the comments below!