What is the Best Face Wash for Blackheads? It’s Not What You Think

First things first. Why does choosing the best face wash for blackheads even matter? After all, facial cleanser only stays on your face for a minute or two. So what sort of difference could it possibly make?

A tremendous one. It's true that face wash only gets to work on your face for a few minutes each day but it can do a whole lot while it's on your skin. For starters, a good face wash is able to thoroughly remove every last trace of makeup, dirt and debris from your face so they don't get in the way of your pores.

But the most important reason why a good blackhead cleanser matter is this: Active ingredients that dissolve and banish blackheads can be a bit harsh for your skin. So using them as a small percentage of a facial cleanser that only stays on your skin for a minute or two is a really smart way to introduce your skin to these ingredients while allowing them to clear your blackheads so thoroughly, they don't dare come back.

In case you're wondering which blackhead cleansers are capable of this sort of dissolving and disappearing magic, we've compiled a list of the best ones out there. Each and every one of the below cleansers can be the best face wash for blackheads - it all depends on your unique skin type so read through the reviews until you find the perfect one for you!

More Than Clean Blackhead Remover

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We hate to play favorites but yes, More Than Clean is, in our honest opinion, the best face wash for blackheads ever invented.

Why? In case you haven't noticed, we're pretty against harsh cleansers. Sure, a face wash that leaves your skin feeling oil-free and squeaky clean feels like it's getting rid of blackheads but that's sort of the problem.

It only feels like it's getting the job done when in reality, it's making it worse.

By stripping your skin of its natural oils, these harsh cleansers actually prompt your skin to produce more oil to compensate for the dryness! And have you ever noticed how the blackhead situation gets even grosser-looking when there's excess oil involved?

By far the best cleansing regimen we've found for blackheads is a potent combination of natural pore-clearing ingredients minus harsh ingredients that leave your skin stripped of its beneficial oils. Which is exactly what More Than Clean does - this lovely, natural cleanser is a brilliant combination of pore de-clogging ingredients like calcium bentonite clay, which draw impurities out of your pores, as well as skin soothing ingredients like lavender oil.

The best part? It's totally sulfate-free, which means it does the deep cleansing without suds. In case you're wondering how it cleans without soap - this organic blackhead cleanser usess all-natural and super gentle soapnut to clear away makeup and dirt. The result? Soft, hydrated skin...with less and less blackheads over time.

Organic Activated Charcoal Cleanser

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Some people mistakenly think that the harsher the ingredients, the more red and scrubbed raw your face is, the better the cleanser is for blackheads. As you say above, that logic is straight out wrong. And completely unnecessary, especially when you can get cleansers that are the perfect combination of really gentle and really strong...kind of like the perfect man. But we digress...

Anyway, Shamanuti's Organic Activated Charcoal Cleanser is the ideal balance of deep clearing power combined with skin soothing gentleness. Activated charcoal is one of the best deep cleansing ingredients ever – it gets deep into your pores and soaks up excess sebum, impurities and other gunk that’s been taking up precious real estate in your skin.

But it’s also 100% natural and does its job without stripping your skin of its natural oils. The result? Purged blackheads and a deep cleansing in the short-run as well as balanced, healthy sebum production in the long run. Win win.

Blackhead Dissolving Face Wash

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We're a huge fan of Diva Stuff's line of face scubbies, especially for blackheads and whiteheads, and their Blackhead Dissolving Face Wash does not fall short. In fact, we love this face wash. Why? It exfoliates and de-gunks (which are both absolutely essential for getting rid of blackheads) but it does it using gentle, natural ingredients.

Which is what makes this blackhead cleanser perfect for those who like the effects of stronger peeling agents like glycolic acid or salicylic acid but who have sensitive skin that can't tolerate those ingredients. Because this cleanser gently exfoliates with the likes of papaya enzymes and honey, you don't have to worry about your skin getting irritated while clearing your pores of blackheads.

Acnedote Deep Pore Wash

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Okay, now we're moving onto stronger - and yes, harsher - pastures. But if you want to get rid of your blackheads STAT, you're going to want to read on.

You see, Acnedote's claim to blackhead banishing fame is that it contains 2% salicylic acid. And when it comes to blackheads, salicylic acid is your best friend. Why? Salicylic acid is - unlike glycolic or lactic acid - oil soluble which means it can penetrate deep into your pores to dissolve and "de-gunk" the blackheads taking up precious space in your pores.

On top of helping to unclog your pores, it also promotes skin cell turnover, providing gentle exfoliation. The result? Dead skin cells are sloughed off rather than getting trapped in your pores.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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In case you're wondering what the AHA/BHA is - these acronyms stand for alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and lactic acid as well as beta-hydroxy-acids like salicylic acid. You already know from the above blackhead cleanser how useful salicylic acid is for clearing out blackheads...so why would you need AHAs?

AHAs are wonderful for breaking down the "glue" that binds dead skin cells together to gently dislodge and remove them. Our favorite thing about this cleanser, though, is that the AHAs used are the gentlest ones possible - composed of a combination of fruit extracts.

Combined with salicylic acid, they form a potent team that clears your pores of blackheads without over drying or irritating even sensitive skin.

Okay, now that you know what your best blackhead cleanser options are, go forth and give it a prominent place on your bathroom shelf. After all, it's going to be the frontline of your army in getting rid of and preventing blackheads!

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