3 Best Korean Beauty Products for Blackheads
We’ve all been there, seeing those stubborn and annoying blackheads staring (with an evil smile) back at us in the mirror – and the next minute we find ourselves frantically searching ‘how to get rid of blackheads’ or maybe even ‘how to get rid of blackheads on nose’. Blackheads form as a result of a number of factors which include the accumulation of dead skin cells and excess oil, increased sebum production, presence of acne-causing bacteria and hormonal fluctuations. Blackheads on nose tend to a common skin concern affecting people across different age groups and skin types; even those with dry skin type can suffer from these.
Apart from being unsightly, blackheads can give the appearance of enlarged, sagging pores or uneven skin texture. With that being said, it is no surprise that we would naturally want to just get rid of them pronto!
How to get rid of blackheads?
While popping blackheads seem like the quickest fix to your bothersome skin concern, it can actually create more problems for your skin as your skin barrier is damaged and becomes prone to bacterial infection. As a result of this, it increases the chance of developing blemishes or scars. Blackhead removal strips or pore strips provide quick solutions especially before a big day or when you need to dress up and makeup for a special occasion. However, nose strips can aggravate sensitivity in those with extremely dry skin or those with skin conditions such as eczema.
But not to worry, regardless of their causes blackheads CAN be controlled safely and efficiently using a combination of Korean skincare products. Blackhead extraction is best when done using exfoliators, we are talking about both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliators such as AHA, BHA, PHA. Here at BONIIK we have the best 3 Korean beauty products for blackheads that you need to incorporate into your skincare routines!
Say hello to nature’s best mask
A fan favourite in the Korean beauty realm, you have probably heard a thing or two about INNISFREE Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x. This clarifying, refreshing and sebum controlling Korean wash off mask is enriched with walnut shells and AHA, on top of the Jeju volcanic ash. Together, the combination of these ingredients work by sloughing away dead skin cells, unclogging pores to eliminate stubborn blackheads, as well as detofixying your skin to remove acne-causing bacteria and other impurities. After washing off, your skin will be left feeling smooth, fresh and clarified with a light finish.
For best results, follow with your usual cleansing routine and apply your skincare right away to keep the moisture in. How often should you apply clay masks? It will depend on your skin type. If your skin tends to be very oily, we recommend to apply this clay mask every week and increase the frequency as needed. On the other hand, if you are blessed with skin that does not experience frequent breakouts and tend to be well balanced throughout the year, you can use this clay mask whenever your blackheads start to appear and focus mainly on the nose and T-zone areas.
Step up your cleansing routine
Proper cleansing is the key to achieve clarified, smoother and trouble-free complexion. It may seem like a small step, but did you know that your regular cleanser is not always enough to remove all traces of impurities from you’re the surface of your skin and within your pores?
Make cleansing exciting with KLAIRS Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish! This famous Dear Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish has a soft, granulated texture that melts upon contact with water and body heat. It contains shea butter, licorice and a blend of plant-based oils to keep your skin soft and moisturized even after exfoliation. Oh and did we mention that it has a deliciously sweet smell and satisfying texture?
To use the gentle black sugar scrub, simply scoop a small amount and apply onto damp skin. Massage gently in light, circular motions before rinsing away. Don’t forget to complete your daily cleansing routine with other products from the Klairs Gentle Black line which includes a cleansing oil to remove makeup before you apply the sugar scrub, as well as a facial foam to wash your face post-exfoliation.
A superstar to update your vanity
You call it COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, we call it our skin superhero! This all-time favourite facial essence is a cult-favourite among Korean skincare fans and has been a skincare staple for a long time, ours included! COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is formulated with 4% natural BHA from Betaine Salicylate which works by penetrating deep into the pores to clear out excess oil and unclog pores at the same time, leaving your skin looking smoother after each use. The gentle, yet effective exfoliation works well for those with oily, acne-prone skin and those with sensitive skin types that prefer to use chemical peels.
How to use COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid? Like any other Korean skincare essence, this blackhead-fighting essence can be used after cleansing and toning your skin. Simply apply evenly onto your skin and lightly pat to aid absorption, then follow with a moisturiser of your choice. Due to the exfoliating nature of this essence, we recommend pairing it with a gentle ingredient such as hyaluronic acid, green tea, Vitamin E, snail mucin or propolis. Avoid pairing it with any other skincare actives as it may be harsh on your skin.
The best products to treat blackheads are not just limited to the aforementioned ones, there are numerous ingredients and skincare products that you can try out and have fun with! To find the best Korean beauty products for blackheads, it is important to check the list of ingredients of the product you are about to buy. First, it is important to always ensure that it is made with safe, non-comedogenic ingredients which means that ingredients such as silicones, mineral oils, parabens, artificial colourants should be avoided as much as possible.
Next, opt for gentle exfoliators like AHA skincare, BHA, PHA that can go deep into your pores to remove dead skin cells not just on the surface of your skin. This way it can also help brighten dull, tired-looking complexion for a revitalized finish. Speaking of exfoliators, it is not to say that physical exfoliators like scrubs are labeled ‘bad’. In fact, your skin needs physical exfoliation from time to time so that it can buff out rough patches and to get rid of stubborn blackheads.
Finally, with the rest of your skincare products like toners, essences, serums, ampoules and moisturisers, we recommend looking for something that suits your skin type. Also, we recommend making the switch to something lighter and refreshing during the warmer months, and use products that are more occlusive in nature during the colder months to keep your skin’s moisture balance in check!
Where to buy the best Korean beauty products for blackheads?
At BONIIK, we offer a large variety of Korean skincare solutions to treat your skin ailments. Whether it is stubborn acne and blackheads, oiliness, dehydrated skin or anything that causes concern for your skin, we are always here to help. Let’s find the best blackhead removal solution for your skin!