Getting breakouts under control is one thing but battling blackheads is a completely different fight. I'm very prone to blackheads and they can make my skin look so dull and lacklustre. That I'm always on the quest to find products that get rid of them with ease and here are a few of my favourites.
WHAT ARE BLACKHEADS?
AESOP PARSLEY SEED MASQUE: This is probably my favourite mask when it comes to removing all the impurities from my skin. Even after one use you can see such a huge difference in the clarity of the skin. It's such a beautiful mask and even though it's so good at getting rid of all the dirt and grime it never makes the complexion feel dry and tight upon removal. Which can be a common issue with clarifying masks that don't contain any ingredients to relieve the inevitable dryness. It does dry down to that typical tight feeling but it's not a complete nightmare to remove and it doesn't leave the skin feeling incredibly sore afterwards.
LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR DUO [+]: To keep on top of congestion on a daily basis this is the only product I've tried that has the results like this. In the UK, this product is marketed to unclog pores, help with scars and correct the appearance of blemishes. It's not a direct spot fighting item which it's often confused as that is its purpose in other countries. Effaclar Duo is a product that either works for you or it doesn't and there is no real in-between. For me it works beautifully, it's completely changed the condition and texture of my skin. My complexion is very rarely congested and breakouts are minimal and when they do erupt they aren't anywhere near as severe as they once were.
SOAP AND GLORY NO CLOGS ALLOWED*: As well as being a beautiful clarifying mask this is also a great exfoliant. It's self heating which feels incredibly comforting to the skin once applied. It doesn't set down to that traditional clay mask feeling which makes it a breeze to remove if you don't like to scrub at your skin to remove a mask. This is one of those masks you can use the night before an event to make your skin look as awesome as possible. And you never have to worry about waking up with a face full of spots afterwards.
PIXI GLOW TONIC: A chemical exfoliant has been key in my skincare routine for a long time when it comes to keeping on top of breakouts and blackheads. Although a manual scrub can work wonders when done a couple of times a week nothing works as well as a liquid exfoliant on my complexion. One of my favourites is the popular Glow Tonic from Pixi. It contains 5% glycolic acid which is an ingredient my skin absolutely adores. It removes any dead skin cells as well as helping diminish the appearance of scars and other signs of skin damage. As with any chemical skin product, it's important to follow up with an SPF.
LIZ EARLE SKIN TONIC: A toner that can help balance the complexion isn't what you'd typically expect in a post like this. But I find when my skin is more balanced then I'm a lot less prone to congestion and breakouts. The Liz Earle Skin Tonic is a beautiful toner and it just adds enough moisture to keep the skin happy and nourished without unbalancing the complexion. It's not as effective as some of the other products in this roundup but it's a lovely addition to any skincare routine.
ELEMIS FRUIT ENZYME EXFOLIATING MASK*: As clarifying masks can often be incredibly drying they're not always the best options for already dry complexions. This brightening and deep cleansing mask from Elemis is a lovely option if you need something that's going to be a little kinder to your complexion. The mixture of strawberry and kiwi helps to brighten and tighten without being too abrasive as well as giving the skin a thorough cleanse. It's another mask option that doesn't harden down either so if that's something you struggle with this could be something to look into.