Editor-Approved: These Are the Best Face Washes for Blackheads:

Let's cut to the chase: A sexy topic, blackheads are not. However, they're a fact of life and the majority of the human population has probably had one (or 10) at some point in time. Like most skin concerns, blackheads also range in in both stubbornness and ferocity. First, there's the larger, more noticeable species (i.e., that big black abyss that causes you to swear off all public outings), and then there are the sneakier ones: the pin-size pariahs that go virtually undetected.

Despite their differences in size and severity, blackheads are all caused by the same thing: pores plugged with dead skin cells and an oily, protective substance called sebum. According to Medical News Today, blackheads have nothing to do with trapped dirt or the cleanliness of the skin: In reality, "the dead skin cells in the open pore react with oxygen in the air and turn black, forming a blackhead."

How do you get rid of them? Routinely exfoliating with a face wash that includes strategic ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, witch hazel, clay, and charcoal is key to sloughing off dead skin and clearing pores of all the gunk. So we combed the internet and curated a list of some of the best face washes to incorporate into your routine if you're struggling with pesky blackheads. Keep reading to see which best-of-the-best face washes we'd take into battle.