Blackheads have been a perennial problem for me and I always assumed when I started using nice cleansers and exfoliating scrubs they would just disappear. ‘Twas not the case.
The best product I have found is by La Roche Posay and is their Effaclar Duo (£13 from Boots). It is a very simple fluid that you just apply all over your face and it is not in any way drying so you don’t have to worry about only targeting certain areas. It doesn’t irritate other spots, in fact, I think it has a positive effect on all imperfections and can highly recommend it.
Quick caveat: it is not a spot cream so don’t get carried away and think it will magically clear your entire face – it won’t – but as said, it is pretty effective on blackheads.
One other thing to mention in the blackhead department is that if you are going to have a go at GENTLY coaxing them out it is a hundred times more effective if you have used a really good deep cleanser that you can leave on for a few minutes beforehand, this way you are much less likely to get carried away and gouge out skin with ya fingernails. Personally, my favourite cleanser is Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser, it’s really gentle and is great for taking off make up, quickly waking up skin, or doing a deep cleanse for several minutes.