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The 20 Best Face Masks for Blackheads

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 4 years ago | Updated
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Cleanse, tone, moisturise – this is the routine we’re all told to follow. But what happens when cleansing isn’t enough and the blemishes, blackheads and spots just won’t go away?

The solution is obviously a deep, nourishing face mask. Not only do they remove pesky impurities, they’re also the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and get your glow on (as if we needed any more excuses). So, whether it’s in the bath or in front of the telly, there’s nothing better than layering on a mask and grabbing a glass of wine (or two).

But which face mask is best for removing blackheads? That’s where the skin care obsessives at Cosmetify come in. We’ve rounded up the twenty best face masks for blackheads that you NEED to try straight away.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque


Pretty much every product from straightforward, science-backed brand The Ordinary is a winner, and this mask is no exception. Salicylic acid works together with clay and charcoal to pull impurities from your skin's surface and clear clogged pores. There's also squalane to make sure your skin doesn't feel too dry after use like some charcoal masks are known to do.

Dermalogica Clearing Fizz Mask

£20.95 £24.73 (16% off)

This luxury treat for your skin helps clear, purify and cleanse your complexion. Thanks to a blend of innovative and unique technologies and ingredients, your skin will be transformed. The blend of purifying ingredients include kaolin, sulfer and apple fruit extract which help calm inflammation and refine skin texture.

Murad Clarifying Mask

£39.78 £40.00 (1% off)

Another fantastic product to clear your complexion is the award-winning formula from Murad . Their Clarifying Mask is one of the best when it comes to banishing blackheads. Not only does it minimise pores, but it controls oil production so you’re left with balanced, healthy skin.

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

£49.99 £74.00 (33% off)

Wave goodbye to clogged pores with this SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque. It combines high-quality earth clays with calming botanicals, minerals and an exfoliating hydroxy acid blend to exfoliate, soothe and clarify the skin. This helps minimise the appearance of blackheads and spots.

Better yet, this face mask contains chamomile and aloe vera to hydrate and nourish the skin. Win-win, right?

PIXI Glow Mud Mask


If you want all the benefits of a mud mask but without any of the mess? This mask from PIXI is the one for you.

The expert formula contains kaolin clay and activated charcoal to absorb dirt and oil. This helps detoxify the skin and diminishes the appearance of large blackheads. And, unlike some mud masks, it doesn’t leave a tight or dry feeling.

Exuviance Detox Mud Mask


Sometimes your skin needs a little time to recoup and detox. If that’s the case, try out this face mask from Exuviance. It’s formulated without nasties and feels comforting on the skin.

The expert formula smooths uneven texture and blackheads for a refreshed and revitalised complexion. Better yet, it helps reduce overall redness for an even and clear finish.

Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Sheet Mask

£5.49 £9.00 (39% off)

This face mask for blackheads and blemishes is a good one to keep on hand when your skin is feeling a little worse for wear. The indulgent mask works quickly to purify the skin and is great for calming inflammation and irritation. It contains salicylic acid, tea tree and witch hazel to help soothe and calm the skin.

Dermalogica Active Clearing Sebum Clearing Masque

£44.62 £55.00 (19% off)

If you want to get rid of blackheads as well as shine, this sebum-clearing mask will do the trick. It uses the Dermalogica MediBac Clearing® system, enriched with salicylic acid and kaolin clay, to stimulate exfoliation and treat congested pores, excess oil and blackheads. This formula is super cooling and soothing, with a blend of niacinamide, zinc gluconate, caffeine and biotin that calms inflammation. Say hello to healthy skin!

REN Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask

£32.00 £40.00 (20% off)

The skincare experts at REN bring you this thick clay mask to lessen the look of pores by removing excess sebum using kaolin clay. It'll keep you from drying out too, thanks to tropical spirulina for balancing oil production and nourishing your skin.

NIP+FAB Teen Skin Fix Salicylic Acid Sheet Mask

£4.84 £5.50 (12% off)

When you think of blackheads and acne, you probably think of pimpled teens in movies, but in the real world, adults suffer too. Well, this sheet mask will fix that teen-like skin right up! Get a healthy, glowing complexion with this potent combination of hyaluronic and salicylic acids and lotus flower extract. It'll clear out your impurities and replenish vital moisture to your skin.

PCA SKIN Purifying Mask


Clay is such a great ingredient for detoxifying blemishes that we've got several clay masks on this list. This one also has algae to help with detoxification as well as hydration, and tea tree oil to promote clear skin. To gently exfoliate dead skin cells, PCA SKIN have also included micro-fine pumice in the formula.

Clarins SOS Pure Mask

£25.78 £33.00 (22% off)

We said clay was amazing, right? Well this one has two different kinds, white clay and green clay, for a super smooth, healthy complexion. Hailed as a 10-minute reboot, this mask also contains organic alpine willow herb for mattifying your skin and reducing the appearance of those pesky blackheads.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask


For a non-clay option, we love a honey-infused mask like this one from Antipodes. Honey has been used as a traditional remedy for centuries and manuka honey specifically is a natural antioxidant that reduces redness, soothes inflammation and unclogs pores. For an extra luxe feel, the mask is infused with a calming fragrance of vanilla and mandarin.

ELEMIS Superfood Berry Boost Mask

£22.75 £34.00 (34% off)

Give your skin a vitamin boost with this yummy blend of fruit extract, seed oils, Brazilian purply clay and prebiotics. This mask clears away impurities and mattifies oily T-zones to reduce the appearance of pores and reveal healthy, radiant skin.

Votary Radiance Reveal Mask Lactic & Mandelic Acid

£52.00 £65.00 (20% off)

In need of a pamper sesh? This mask works in mere minutes to refine your complexion through its gentle exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids, mandelic and lactic acids. As a bonus, these ingredients also minimise the appearance of fine lines, pores and pigmentation. And if your skin is a bit sensitive, don't worry. These AHAs aren't harsh, and the mask also contains plant extracts that calm and soothe.

MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal

£70.99 £120.00 (41% off)

For another great AHA option, try this luxurious 10% AHA mask. It penetrates the deep layers of the skin to dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover to restore healthy skin. It'll refine your pores and reduce fine lines and uneven texture. On top of that, hyaluronic acid provides intense moisture for a long-lasting glow.

PIXI T Zone Peel Off Mask


Everyone loves that satisfying moment when you peel off a mask, right? Well, indulge that guilty pleasure with this peel-off mask from PIXI. The unique blend of superfoods like avocado, cucumber, aloe vera, green tea and bamboo firms and refines congested, dull skin. If your skin is looking tired or oily, this is the mask for you.

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask

£2.52 £3.00 (16% off)

Sheet masks are a great travel-friendly option if you want to keep your skin nourished on holiday, or don't like the mess of washing off a regular mask. This particular sheet mask is perfect if you're suffering not only from blackheads but also heat-irritated or inflamed skin. Tea tree oil soothes at the same time as it treats acne, and BHA cares for your pores and excess sebum.

STARSKIN SILKMUD French Pink Clay Purifying Mud Face Sheet Mask

£8.81 £10.00 (12% off)

Obsessed with sheet masks? Well, we aim to please; here's another favourite of ours you'll want to try out for all your pore-care needs. This revolutionary mask combines the cleansing power of a mud mask with the mess-free convenience of a sheet mask. It uses pink clay, the gentlest of all clays, as well as kaolin clay and bentonite to get rid of blemishes, blackheads and pores. In addition, silk cocoon extract and niacinamide soften and soothe your skin for a mattified, brightened face.

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask


Last but not least, we love this active berry-based mask for cleansing, unclogging and clarifying skin. It uses a unique formula of strawberry, rosemary and yarrow extract to give your skin a lovely tingling sensation as it works hard to eliminate any impurities.

Reveal your radiance with these nourishing and powerful face masks. Simply apply two-to-three times a week or as directed to see cleaner, healthier-looking skin.

Face masks not cutting the mustard? Don’t worry. Amp up your whole skin care routine with these Anti-Pollution Skin Care Tips.

Rebecca Jenkinson

Written by Rebecca Jenkinson

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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