I Tried 7 Blackhead Treatments, and the Best Wasn't the Most Expensive

Before we get started, let's get a better understanding of what a blackhead is: Once your hair follicle becomes clogged with excess sebum and the melanin in the sebum oxidizes at the surface of the skin, it turns that wonderful black color that sticks out like a sore thumb. And as overtly obvious as they are on our noses and T-zones, they're extremely difficult to get rid of. The key? Breaking down or extracting the clog and keeping the pore clean.

Since extracting isn't always the easiest (or safest) method, finding a good product that will exfoliate out the dead skin and sebum is paramount. I've tried dozens of formulas over the years that claim to do just that—some have worked incredibly well while others ended up in the product graveyard. Below, I've rounded up seven products I've tried recently and ranked their efficacy. Stay tuned for the number one blackhead treatment!