Blackheads — also known as comedones — are one of the most common skin annoyances. These little black dots can pop up anywhere on the face — usually on the nose, chin, and forehead — and they seem to proliferate at an alarming rate. But perhaps the most disconcerting thing about blackheads is that they’re seemingly impossible to get rid of at home. We tapped into a handful of dermatologists to solve the mystery of blackhead removal — and as it turns out, you can nix comedones without stepping foot into a derm’s office...
Eighth Day Facial Tonic
Chemical exfoliants like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and polyhydroxy acids (PHA) work to help clear away dead skin cells and oil to decongest pores. The Eighth Day® Facial Tonic ($85) contains both, along with lentil seed extract to refine and shrink the appearance of pores. “It works best on dull skin to exfoliate and brighten the complexion,” explains board-certified dermatologist and brand founder Tony Nakhla. Expect to see a significant reduction in sebum production, pore size, and skin roughness in less than one month of consistent use.