10 Face Masks That Tighten and Unclog Your Pores—And Yes, I Tried 'Em All

Even the most skincare-devoted person can wind up with clogged pores. It's part of life. And while it's certainly annoying, it's also easily helped. First, I asked an expert for help. Breaking the news right out of the gate, celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says, "Sadly, there is no easy way to permanently get rid of blackheads," But, she continues, “your best bet is deep-pore cleansing facials and maintenance in-between with the proper set of products." There are so many formulas on the market created for the sole purpose of tightening your pores and nixing blackheads and breakouts, you just have to know where to look. And, being the skincare enthusiast that I am, I decided to do the research for you. That, and I despise blackheads with a fiery, burning passion. So, yes, you can trust me.

When it comes down to it, you need a mixture of a few things. Exfoliation (preferably a gentle on as to not disrupt you delicate skin barrier), as well as hydration and cell renewal. I set out to find the best of the bunch, all including the aforementioned equation with a few more special components as well. Then, I narrowed it all down the below list—yes, I spent a lot of time in front of the sink over the past few weeks—and recorded the various reasons each one might strike your fancy. Keep scrolling for all the necessary information.