Not to be gross or anything, but there is a strange satisfaction that comes with extracting your blackheads. We’ve heard Dr. Pimple Popper liken it to “solving a complex problem,” and we couldn’t agree more! But as pleasing as it may be to squeeze those buggers out, experts advise against doing so. Squeezing your blackheads may cause swelling, scarring, and spreading the bacteria contained inside them. Ultimately, this leads to pimples—blemishes even juicier and more noticeable than your tiny little spots.

If you can’t book an expert to deal with your blackheads, there are solutions that don’t require a squeeze. Check our list of blackhead-clearing products below and simply take your pick!

1. St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub, P220 Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells—one of the most common reasons for clogged pores. For a gentle buff, try this legendary scrub. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea and moisturizing olive oil. Translation: you won’t have to worry about a scratched-up, dried-out face. The scrub is paraben-free and totally safe for sensitive skin!

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2. Clearnose Set for Women, P795 The nose is one of the biggest problem areas when it comes to blackhead formation. To get rid of them quickly, go for nose pore strips. These particular ones are formulated with volcanic coal and enjoy bestseller-status in Japan. The coal absorbs deep-seated dirt and other impurities stuck inside the pores, so you’re guaranteed results. Just follow the three-step process and voila! Your schnoz is ready for its closeup.

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3. Swan Facial Konjac Puff Sponge, P110 A Konjac sponge is arguably the safest way to exfoliate. This modest bath tool is made of konjac root (thus the name) and designed for facial use. It very gently buffs away dead skin cells and the stubborn, pore-clogging dirt that eventually turns into blackheads. To use, just saturate the sponge, squeeze out excess water, and scrub!

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4. Pixi by Petra Glow Peel Pads, P1,390 A facial care fave that walks the talk, the Glow Peel Pads are nothing short of skin-sational. They’re infused with glycolic acid, a mild, clarifying acid that eliminates sebum and sloughs away dead skin. The best part about these pads is that they come pre-soaked, so you don’t have to do any of the legwork. With just a few swipes, you’re golden! And your blackheads? Goners.

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5. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, P1,500 Clay has been used to clear up troubled skin for centuries. It binds itself to the impurities under the skin, sucking them out and leaving your face smooth and clean. True to its name, the Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask is a clay formula that eliminates the troublesome toxins in your skin. It’s especially great for stopping pimples at the root and absorbing the remains of stubborn blackheads. Savior!

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