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Our Favorite Facials for Blackheads

Do you struggle with blackheads that refuse to go away no matter what product or treatment you try? You’re not alone! Blackheads are an extremely common skin concern. Fortunately, facials can be your new secret weapon for treating stubborn blackheads.

Keep reading to learn more about our favorite facials for treating blackheads.

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads are a type of acne, but they aren’t pimples. They are small bumps that are caused by clogged hair follicles. They are typically filled with dead skin and excess oil. Unlike pimples, blackheads look like dark open bumps, and they shouldn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable like whiteheads do. 

While it can be extremely tempting to pick or “pop” your blackheads, this can cause scarring or lead to infections. It’s best to leave treatment and removal to the professionals.

The Best Facials for Treating Blackheads

You have a few great options when it comes to treating blackheads. Microdermabrasion facials and power peels are two effective ways to eliminate your blackheads and give you a more glowing appearance.


Microdermabrasion is a widely performed rejuvenation treatment that works on only your outermost layer of skin. This treatment eliminates white and blackheads, minimizes pores, acne scars, and wrinkles, and polishes dry skin with professional-grade exfoliation.

During this procedure, tiny exfoliating crystals are blown onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer. The microderm vacuum removes these crystals and the dead skin cells to reveal the new skin cells underneath. These skin-enhancing crystals improve skin’s vitality.

Microdermabrasion treatment is a great way to treat blackheads because the microderm vacuum removes the dead cells, sebum and oil that causes blackheads. 

A microdermabrasion treatment lasts about 20-60 minutes. Your SSNY skincare expert will apply a treatment masque to smooth your skin further afterward. 

Power Peels

Power peels are exfoliating treatments that are effective for treating stubborn blackheads. This facial will loosen the top layer of the skin, promote cell renewal, and reduce the appearance of pores. A power peel dissolves the debris that clogs your pores to prevent more blackheads from forming, perfect for acne-prone or oily skin types.

Before your facial, you will fill out a consultation form to help your esthetician identify your primary skin concerns. Your esthetician will begin with an initial consultation and examine your skin under a magnifying lamp. This consultation will allow your esthetician to recommend the right treatment plan for you.

Your power peel facial includes a steam cleanse and the application of the best peel for your skin’s unique needs. Afterward, your esthetician will apply a facial mask, massage your face and upper shoulders, and finish with products including moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen. Depending on your skin needs, you may want to enhance your results with other treatments like a laser facial, lip and eye hydration, or oxygen hydration.

Both microdermabrasion and power peels are powerful options for treating stubborn blackheads. Please contact us with any questions you may have about which treatment is best for your skin or to schedule an appointment.

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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