If you want to get rid of blackheads, but treatments like exfoliation, steam, or pore strips just aren't doing the trick, using one of the best blackhead remover vacuums might be the answer. These increasingly
popular beauty tools use gentle suction to remove dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and other unwanted material from your pores.
According to Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as
Dr. Pimple Popper, in an interview with Elle, blackhead remover vacuums could be an effective treatment. But, you need to make sure you follow the steps and use these tools correctly.
For the best results, you’ll want to steam your face first (a
bowl of hot water works well) or apply a hot towel for around 10 minutes. Dr. Lee also points out that it’s important to be aware of the vacuum's strength before use. “If the suction is too high, it's like giving yourself a hickey. You can get bruises from it... It's called ,” explained Dr. Lee in that interview. So start on the lowest suction and gradually move up based on your needs and sensitivity. It's also smart to test it on your arm or hand first before applying it to your face. telangiectasia
When you’re shopping for a blackhead remover vacuum, look for ones with multiple attachment sizes to suit your skin. Smaller nozzles help you
eliminate tiny blackheads, while larger attachments are great for spot-treating big clogs or clusters. You’ll also want several intensity levels, which will make it easier to tailor your skin care session, so that you can remove those stubborn blackheads without bruising, Other features that can be nice to have include light therapy options to shrink pores, a heating function to open pores before vacuuming, or even a built-in camera that lets you get an up-close look as you work.
To make picking a tool easier, I put together a roundup of the best blackhead remover vacuums on Amazon, so you can give yourself the
at-home facial of your dreams. In a hurry? Here are the best blackhead remover vacuums: 1. The Overall Best: EUASOO Blackhead Remover Vacuum 2. The Best Budget Buy: AMVOOM Blackhead Remover Vacuum 3. The Best Vacuum & Skin-Care Bundle: Microderm GLO MINI Diamond Microdermabrasion and Suction Tool 4. The Best Pro-Quality Tool: PMD Personal Microderm Classic 5. The Best With Light Therapy: Olrom Blackhead Remover 6. The Best With A Streaming Camera: prabensei Pore Vacuum 7. The Best Spatula-Style Pore Remover: Comezy Skin Scrubber Spatula 8. The Best With A Heating Function: EUASOO Heated Pore Vacuum 9. The Vacuum With The Most Foolproof Settings: Eunon Blackhead Vacuum 1 The Overall Best Blackhead Remover Vacuum
Well-reviewed and ringing up at a wallet-conscious price point, this
pore vacuum features five adjustable suction levels designed for a range of skin types, from sensitive to oily skin, so you can get just enough suction, without causing any damage. The five interchangeable suction attachments let you tackle different skin-care concerns, whether you’re dealing with tender areas or stubborn blackheads, but there’s no option for microdermabrasion. The wireless vacuum is USB-chargeable, and comes with four extraction tools as a bonus. What fans say: “This blackhead remover is a great option due to the fact that [it] works very quickly and my skin ends up very clean and rosy, ready for night cream treatments or even only some moisturizer, also this is how I like to start my special date make up process, with a perfectly clean skin!” 2 The Best Budget Blackhead Remover
blackhead removal tool is a great choice if you're looking to spend less than $20. This blackhead vacuum comes with five suction nozzles to remove blackheads and reduce acne, as well as a microcrystalline microdermabrasion head to smooth and exfoliate skin. While it doesn't include any fancy extras, it operates on three suction levels tailored to dry, oily, and neutral skin, so you can still customize it to suit your needs. What fans say: "This is super easy to plug in and use right away. I just cleaned and steamed my face and went for it. Not only does it clean out small blackheads but if you have a larger pimple, there are different attachments that let you take care of that too. I was really impressed because I didn't have to use a tweezer. It's really difficult sometimes to get your hands or a tweezer in the right spot, but the section on this blackhead remover is really good, so that you can place it right on top of your blemish or scoot it across the area of your blackheads on your nose, cheeks or forehead.” 3 The Best Vacuum& Skin-Care Bundle
If you want to brighten your complexion while removing blackheads, the
Microderm GLO MINI microdermabrasion bundle is a good option, and while it’s an investment, you get a lot of bang for your buck. This rechargeable, wireless beauty tool combines exfoliating microdermabrasion with suction to help shrink pores and smooth skin, and many users have reported visible results after just one treatment.
It offers two levels of suction, and unlike some cheaper units, uses replaceable filters (20 are included in the kit). Also included are two blackhead removing tips and a collagen-boosting peptide complex serum that’s formulated with plant-based amino acids, green tea, hyaluronic acid, and other skin-nourishing ingredients.
What fans say: “I am so obsessed with this machine! It is so much better than any other blackhead eraser I ever bought! Cheap ones hurt very bad and leave Bruises on your skin! This one doesn’t hurt AT ALL! It also did not leave ANY BRUISING! This little machine was worth every dime. Now I have no more acne and I’m more confident!” 4 The Best Pro-Quality Tool — Also available at Ulta, $159.00
If you have sensitive skin or are looking for the type of tool pros use, consider the cult-favorite
PMD personal microderm tool. This microdermabrasion tool is designed to treat all skin types, and it's an especially good choice for those with sensitivities to harsh treatments due to the eight included exfoliating discs that range from ultra-sensitive to very intense. The spinning disc removes dead skin cells as the suction gives it a boost for a deeper clean that helps with blackheads and more. While you have to spend a little more to get suction control that only comes with the PRO model, this tried-and-true unit is a great choice for exfoliation and a revitalized glow. What fans say: “This is an awesome upgrade in my skincare routine. I recently started paying more attention to my skin and finding ways to care for it. I decided to give this a try and I am so glad that I did! I have very large pores and that is been my main issue to overcome. Even within the first use with the softest head I could already tell a visible difference. I can’t wait to see how much better my pores look and 12 weeks! I love that the system comes with very thorough instructions and there is a video you can watch with all the info that you need. I would recommend doing this at night and hydrating well in case you experience any mild redness. I can tell that with consistent use this is going to make a huge difference to my skin!” 5 The Best With Light Therapy For Shrinking Pores
Boasting a 4.6-star rating after more than 10,000 reviews, this fan-favorite
pore vacuum goes the extra mile, offering a blue ray therapy setting to help shrink pores, and an ultra-red ray setting to rejuvenate skin with dermabrasion. It also operates on three other modes for dry, neutral, and oily skin, and comes with five interchangeable heads, including two with silicone tips that are gentle on sensitive skin. The rechargeable device has an LED display that’s easy to read. According to fans: “This device is amazing! I had a cheap one prior that I bought off an Instagram ad. This one here has much more suction, I love the versatility of all the different heads it comes with, the LED light therapy is included in the device and they also send you replacement filters in rings in case you damage or lose them. This is an excellent product and great value for the money.” 6 The Best With A Built-In Camera
If you want the satisfaction of seeing your pores in an up-close-and-personal way, this
blackhead vacuum with a built-in camera is the way to go. Compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Vista, it syncs to your computer or smartphone, where it magnifies your skin on the screen by 20 times. USB-rechargeable, it operates on three suction levels and comes with six tips, including a micro-crystal tip to provide brightening exfoliation What fans say: “I absolutely love this little magic vacuum! It pulls out all my blackheads and I can literally see the dirt being sucked up and out. My skin feels smoother, my pores appear to be smaller. Ladies and Gents it’s a yes! Buy buy.” 7 The Best Spatula-Style Blackhead Remover
Although the mode of action is slightly different, this
ultrasonic skin spatula also does a great job of removing blackheads, and it offers a few benefits no other option on the list can claim. As well as a blackhead-removing mode, it also has three other settings: a deep-cleaning mode, a pulse mode to help promote collagen production, and a nutrient absorption mode that preps your skin for serums and moisturizers. And while the stainless steel spatula should be used on its own while removing blackheads, you can use one of the four silicone attachment covers on the device when massaging and cleaning. Only one drawback: There’s no microdermabrasion functionality. What fans say: “I love this skin spatula! I especially like how this seems to be the only skin scrubber spatula on amazon that has an LED screen and tells you what setting you are on and the battery level. A lot of the ones I saw only had one to two buttons and maybe 2-3 settings at most. This one has 4 different settings and the instructions are clear for the most part. It took me a while to get the hang of it but once you see gunk start coming out of your face with this device you are never going to want to put it down.” 8 The Best With A Heating Function
It’s best to steam your face or use a warm compress to open up your pores before extracting, but if you want to streamline things, this
blackhead vacuum has a “heated compress” mode built right into the device. It warms the probe up a temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can run it over your face to open pores before vacuuming. Beyond that, it comes with five head attachments and operates on five suction levels, and the LED display makes it easy to toggle between settings. You’ll also get four manual extractors with your purchase — but, there’s no microdermabrasion options, if that’s what you’re looking for. What fans say: “I'm in my 40s and have always had greasy skin, which means blackheads. I figured I would need to go to Dr. Pimple Popper to get rid of some of these, but following the instructions really did the trick. The first thing I saw when opening the box was not to hold in place for 3 seconds and as soon as you turn it on, you understand why. It's very powerful, even on lower settings, and gliding it instead of push/pulling it makes it work perfectly. The tips come off easily so they can be cleaned (and you WILL want to clean them). I also like the metal tools that come with it, as I've never been able to find those in local stores.” 9 The Vacuum With The Most Foolproof Settings
To keep things simple, this
pore vacuum operates on three easy-to-understand modes: one that removes makeup residue, one that suctions out blackheads, and one that removes whiteheads. It’s USB-chargeable, and the LCD display shows you the amount of time you’ve been vacuuming, so you don’t overdo it. There’s no exfoliating function, but you’ll get four interchangeable heads, so you can take on any other skin-care concern that you have. What fans say: “Incredible little machine! Very strong suction help with my blackheads on my nose and whiteheads on my forehead. I do really like different sizes of suction attachment. I used warm cloth on my face before I started to remove blackheads and it was painless and very effective. Skin looks clean and smooth after using it.”
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This article was originally published on
November 5, 2019