A vacuum that sucks out all the gunk from your pores? Sounds too good be to true! With promises to suck out all your blackheads, facial pore cleansers are all the rage at the moment but should you invest in one? We take a look at the pros and cons of the magical pore cleansing tool to figure out if it’s worth the hype.

Let’s be real, blackheads are the actual worst. They’re the bane of everyone’s existence, especially those with oily skin, so finding a device that promises to get rid of them in one quick suck is tempting to say the least. Pore vacuums work by using suction to deeply clean out your pores, helping you say good-bye to clogged pores for good.

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But do they actually work and should you buy one? Many skincare experts will admit that pore vacuums do in fact work but should be used correctly and with caution. Pore vacuums work most effectively when blocked pores are pre-treated and gunk is loosened with chemical exfoliants like salicylic (BHA), glycolic acid, and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHAs) or physical exfoliation like microdermabrasion.

It’s also important to keep in mind that while you want the device to suck out all the bad stuff stuck in your pores, you also want to be careful with how powerful the suction is. The suction has to create enough friction to physically pull out the dirt, sweat and sebum clogged in the pores but applying too much suction to the skin can also lead to skin bruising and inflammation.

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What’s more, while pore vacuums are great for keeping clogged pores at bay, the device won’t do much to help with deeply rooted blackheads, which are caused by deeply rooted oil clogs in the pores. For more impressive results you’re better off sticking to regular, consistent use of AHAs and BHAs. Exfoliation is key for keeping blackheads in check, and chemical exfoliators are especially effective because they go beyond the surface to unclog those pores.

Even though facial pore cleansers can work at removing superficial blackheads, a good cleansing routine and exfoliants will be more effective at getting you closer to your goal of a blackhead-free existence.

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