Best Blackhead Scrub

(Last Updated On: August 15, 2018)

The perfect blackhead scrub will obviously remove blackheads and preferably remove other types of acne, pimples, and blemishes. But the main focus is for the scrub to exfoliate the skin and remove the blackheads and ideally the scrub will remove the blackheads instantly. We also do not want the scrub to burn the facial skin or make it dryer. It should be able to remove excess oil but not to the point it will dry out and inflame the skin. If it inflames the skin it will start the blackhead cycle all over again. It will not burn the skin either but hydrate it and calm it down. The ideal blackhead scrub will unclog pores and open them up to breathe. In the first place, the pores were unclogged with excess oil and the blackheads proliferated. It would be to our advantage as well if the scrub was gentle on the skin and would be effective to use on all skin types.

It would be ironic if you bought a blackhead scrub and applied it to the affected areas and the scrub produced more blackheads and if this happens you know the product was not made for your particular skin type. You want to be careful to find a blackhead facial scrub that has ingredients that will not react negatively with your skin because then if it causes an allergic reaction with your skin you will be in worse trouble than before you ever applied the product. So, read the ingredients list and try the product on a patch area of the skin. Wait 24 hours and see if your skin reacted to the product or not.

 Clearing Face Scrub

St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Face Scrub

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Benefits and Uses: The product will unclog pores and it will help to clear out blackheads and calm redness. The formula is made of 100% natural exfoliants and their green teas are carefully from China. Each application delivers the ability to clean the pores at a deep level. The product is dermatologist-tested but these tests were not discussed. In other words, it is not known what tests were performed by the dermatologists. It is oil-free and it will not block the pores.

Feedback: The customer has been using the product for years off and on. The product is 10X less costly as some of the other product the client has used. It has worked much better than these expensive products as well. The product is a great exfoliator for the customer and it seems to work well for the customer. The customer has keratosis pilaris (which is a harmless skin disease that causes dry patches and it form little bumps. It appears on the thighs upper arms, buttocks, and cheeks.) and they have used the product on the skin condition. It has not cured the disease but it has kept the condition number control. They use the product once a week to exfoliate the skin then they apply a mask or moisturizer. This customer has used the product for years and had noticed some subtle changes in the product. The “newer” product has different ingredients it only has one natural ingredient where the old formula was made of all natural ingredients. The customer says the company was taken over by a company that is known to engage in animal testing. The product used to be a 5-star rating for the client. But the client lowered the rating to 3-stars because they think the company is testing their products on animals. Also, because the product contains less natural ingredients than it uses to. The customer says the product is still a good product that works. First, the customer does not know for certain that the company is testing the product on animals. The reasons they lowered the product to a 3-star rating are not valid. The company may or may not be testing the product on animals and if they are they should not be penalized for this. The product is not as natural as it used to be but it is still working. The reasons the customer lowered the rating of the product are not valid.

The customer says the product works well in removing pimples before they have but it does not remove the blackheads. the customer has used it for 5 months and the black reads are still there and it has not impacted the blackheads either. The customer says the product is not working and they will not buy it again. It causes dry patches on the skin and the customer says it does not impact blackheads. But it may impact blackheads on other people so the customer cannot say the product will not work on blackheads for all [people. This is too sweeping of a statement to make.

The customer says the cap and the bottle contain BPA and this is why they lowered the rating to 3-stars. They do not want BPA to be introduced into their skin. I highly doubt the product contains BPA and even if it did it would not permeate into their skin. They say the product works but they will not buy it again because it contains BPA but the Bpa is in the plastic that the cap and the bottle are made of. It is not in the actual ingredients of the product. This is not a valid reason to stop using the product. This reason is irrelevant to the quality of the product. This review would not deter me from using this product. The reason to not use the product just does not make sense. The customer was disappointed to earn the product contained BPA and I do not know if the product really contains BPA or not.

The customers rated the product 3 stars. They claim the product has a different formula then when they used it as kids. They know the companies will you with their formulas and change them. They say this formula misses the mark and they hope the company changes the product back to the original formula. They say the formula misses the mark so they will not buy the product again.

Garnier SkinActive Charcoal Blackhead Acne Treatment Scrub

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Benefits and Uses: The company boldly claims the product will clean out the pores and remove blackheads after only 1 week. One use will tighten the skin, unclog the pores, and draw out impurities yet another bold claim by the company. The product will gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin and it is designed for all skin types especially oily skin and acne-prone skin. The product will remove excess oil and leave the skin feeling clean and fresh and it will leave a matte finish on the skin. Use the product to draw out dirt, impurities, and oils that cause blackheads and the product is supposed to draw out blackheads like a magnet. Let us see if the reviews will confirm the claims of this company about their product.

Feedback: This is a conflict in a review because the customer gives it a 4-star rating but yet states the product did not work on their blackheads this makes no sense. If a client gives a product a 4-star rating is usually because it is working fairly well for them. This customer describes the nature of the product and then says the product does not work. They gave it a 4-star rating even though it did not work this does not make sense. This review has no selling value for the customer because if it does not work why was it given a 4-star rating.

The above review contradicts what the company claimed that their product will draw out blackheads like a magnet. They said the product will remove blackheads in one week. Yet this customer claims the product did not impact their blackheads.

The customer loves the product and it is a great exfoliator. The client bought some at the local store and went back to buy more but the store was out. The customer could not find the product locally but they found it on Amazon. The customer says the product should be left on for 5 minutes to allow the product to work to remove the blackheads. The customer did not say if the product would remove blackheads or not. The customer rated the product 5-stars.

This is not a clear review because the customer says the product works very well but they had to stop using the towelette because it would cause a burning sensation on the skin. They tried it again and it burned the skin so they stopped using it. Is the towelette apart of the product or is the towelette a separate piece from the product? This is a difficult review to understand and the client gave the product a 4-star rating.

Blackhead Eraser Facial Scrub

The face wash was totally useless for this customer. It did not treat the blackheads and the microbeads got into the client’s eyes and irritated the eyes. The strange thing is the customer kept the breads away from the eyes but the beads still got into the eyes. The beads cut the eyes and the customer was unable to wear contacts for several days. The customer said this happened a second time so they threw the wash in the trash. The customer gave it a one star rating. I am not sure how the microbeads were able to get in the customer’s eyes when they kept the wash away from the eyes.

The customer moved to China and their sensitive skin could not handle all the pollution. They tried all kinds of products to eliminate the problem and the customer did not say what problems the pollution caused on the skin. They did not use the product every day because it is too rough for the sensitive skin. The product works great and the customer highly recommends the product. The customer rated the product 5-stars but they did not say why they gave it 5-stars. The customer likes the smell of the product. The customer did not say why the product works so well on their sensitive skin. This is hard to know why the product works so well because the customer gives us no details. This review will not help to sell the product. It is a positive review though.

The product stings the customer’s eyes but it really works well on the skin. They don’t use any other chemical beauty products with it. They will keep using the product despite the fact that it stings their eyes. They rated the product 5-stars. It really brightens the customer’s skin. But the client did not say if the product removed blackheads or not. I am not sure if I would keep using a product that made my eyes sting. It does not sound like a healthy proposition.

Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Facial Scrub with 2% Salicylic Acid Acne Medication

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Benefits and Uses: The product comes in a set of two tubes. It will remove dirt, oil and other foreign substances that cause acne and blackhead breakouts. The product contains an ingredient that is known to treat and stop breakouts. It also gently exfoliates the skin. The product is advised to be used daily by the company. It contains microfibers that will cleanse the skin at a deep level. It will remove blackheads and prevent acne breakouts. It will also produce clearer-healthy-looking skin. It exfoliates gently and it will be safe to use on all types of skins. It will remove blackheads and prevent acne.

Feedback: The customer says they use it as their nighttime scrub and it works well. It exfoliates and leaves the skin feeling nice and clean. It does not leave the skin feeling dry and the customer rated the product 5-stars. The customer says it works well for dry but acne-prone skin. The company says it can be used on all types of skin.

The customer is glad the microbeads do not harm the environment. I really do not think microbeads could damage the environment anyway. They say it works well on getting rid of blackheads but yet they gave it only a 3-star rating. They said do not let the microbeads get into your eyes or hair because they are very hard to wash out. Apparently, the customer has gotten the beads in their eyes and hair. I do not understand why the customer said it works good on removing blackheads but they only gave the product a 3-star rating. It just does not make any sense to me.

This is a negative review that does not say much but it is to the point. The customer received the bottle of product and it was only half full. The customer rated the product 3-stars so they were not really pleased with the product. Keep in mind, the product was not criticized because it did not work for the customer. The customer probably never used the product. This review does not reflect negatively about how well the product will or will not work. The review tells us nothing about the benefits the wash offers.

Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Facial Scrub With Salicylic Acid Acne Medicine

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Benefits and Uses: The product will eliminate current blackheads on the skin and will prevent new ones from forming. The product contains powerful medicine and gentle exfoliators that will cause the skin to be deeply cleaned. The product will exfoliate the dirt, oil and other foreign substances that create blackheads. It will also remove dead skin cells and this product does not contain microbeads but it is still able to exfoliate the skin.

Feedback: The customer says it is a great product that has really cleaned out the pores and eliminate the blackheads. It has not left the customer’s skin dry either. The customer wishes they had this product when they were a teenager. The customer rated the product 5-stars.

The customer says the product was not was she was expecting it was more of a foaming lotion. She says it had scrubbing fibers in it but it really did not work for her. She prefers something that will get her very clean then she can use the moisturizer of her choice.

Clearasil Ultra Blackhead Scrub

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Benefits and Uses: The product will clear stubborn blackheads and that is all the product description said about the product. Clearasil is a famous company known for making acne product for years.

Feedback: The customer says the product has promise and has cleared out some blackheads. The client is looking for continued improvement in the skin. The customer rated the product 4-stars. Another customer says the product really cleans the pores well but the client does not say anything about it clearing out blackheads. This negative review is very uninformative because the client says they have tried other products like this one. It is the same as all the others. What Does that mean? The customer did not say if the product worked or not. This review may as well have not been written. It does not give us any insight into if the product works or not in clearing out blackheads.

 scrubbing products that will remove blackheads


We have covered some scrubbing products that will remove blackheads and the products seem very capable of eliminating blackheads. Go through the review list and read the reviews written about each product. You should be able to find a scrub that will work for your particular skin type.


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Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.