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These 20 Skincare Gems Will Help Unclog Your Pores With Minimal Effort

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Simply put, it's our job to find the best beauty products out there for you. From the newest serum to the hottest lipstick color to the dry shampoo that will change your life, we will find it, test it, and let you know what we think. We're not complaining. It's a pretty fun gig, and we'll volunteer to be beauty guinea pigs any day.

But one of the cool things to come out of this is finding out what products you're loving and buying. It helps us figure out what you want to learn more about and what you're into so we can bring even more personalized recs to you.

Because we share a lot of our favorites with you every single day, we recognize it might be hard to keep up. So we've decided to put together a handy weekly list of what we love and what you love—consider this a CliffsNotes, one-stop-shop of what's really trending and worth adding to your cart at this very moment.

This week, we're talking about all the skincare products out there that really do the most when it comes to unclogging pores. Do you have a product that we missed? We'd love to know. Send us a DM.

Manyo Factory Cleansing Soda Foam ($20)

The green-tea leaf in this cleansing foam removes impurities and controls oil, while the soda ingredient absorbs impurities and cleanses any greasiness and dirt. Lastly, papaya enzymes provide nourishment. It's a best seller with our readers.

Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask ($15)

Innisfree's volcanic clay mask works to absorb excess sebum, clear out pores, and exfoliate dead skin cells. It targets oiliness, dullness, and uneven texture. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse off.

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser ($10)

Salicylic acid is a stellar ingredient for dealing with blackheads and whiteheads. This lightly foaming cleanser will not only remove dirt, reduce acne and blackheads, and unclog pores, but it will also erase makeup. It truly does it all.

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner ($21)

Use this daily toner to treat oily skin and reduce the size of pores. It contains niacinamide to even the skin tone, hyaluronic acid and ceramides to restore the skin's moisture barrier and hydrate, and chamomile and burdock root extract to soothe.

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Cleansing Scrub ($7)

The scrub part of this product features jojoba beads and fruit extracts, while the acne-cleansing portion contains salicylic acid derived from willow bark. The two work together to unclog pores and buildup without leaving any irritation.

Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub ($30)

The exciting thing about this scrub is that it has warming and cooling properties, so it's like going into a sauna and then jumping into cold water. It's formulated with glycolic and lactic acids, volcanic sand, a proprietary Green Fusion complex (active botanicals), and neem-seed oils to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores. And the cooling part of it all is the refreshing eucalyptus and peppermint scent.

Dermaflash Dermapore Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser ($99)

This is a two-in-one device that works to deep-clean the skin and pores while also helping your skincare products absorb better. The stainless-steel spatula is used to cleanse and remove dirt, oil, and blackheads. And the ultrasonic vibrations of the device help to enhance skincare delivery and improve circulation.

Obagi Medical Clenziderm MD Pore Therapy ($41)

This medicated formula contains 2% salicylic acid to neutralize acne-causing bacteria and glycerin to soothe and reduce inflammation. It also helps to keep the pores clear and control excess oil. What more could you ask for?

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Pore-Refining Anti-Aging Serum ($45)

Perfect for oily skin types, this serum contains alpha-hydroxy acids to refine and reduce the appearance of pores while also smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and boosting radiance. Just don't forget to prioritize sunscreen after applying since the AHAs make your skin even more sensitive to the sun.

Bioré Original Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($8)

I mean, we had to include good ol' pore strips. These really unclog the pores, and quickly, too. And who doesn't love staring at your used pore strip once it's peeled off (or maybe that’s just me)?

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner ($34)

You don't have to worry too much about this best-selling toner drying out the skin. The watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and cactus water are ultra hydrating and soothing. But that doesn't mean it's just about hydration, as the polyhydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids will exfoliate the skin and clear pores.

Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Facial Cleanser (Pack of 3) ($30)

Neutrogena's exfoliating cleanser contains both alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to refresh and smooth the skin and, of course, reduce the appearance of pores. The soap-free formula won't dry out your skin, either.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask ($38)

Made with Amazonian white clay, this mask will absorb any excess oil and unclog pores and blackheads. Reviewers also say it's good at preventing breakouts.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel ($38)

Dr. Dennis Gross's Alpha Beta Peel Pads are legendary, so it's no surprise that the cleansing gel has glowing reviews, too. The deep-cleansing formula does a good job of decongesting and minimizing pores, plus it removes makeup. The best thing about it is that the ingredients won't leave the skin feeling stripped and dry.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay ($15)

With over 60,000 ratings and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, this might be one of the top-rated beauty products on the site. The bentonite clay in the formula is super powerful and can draw out pores and impurities. You can also use the product for foot soaks and facials and to treat insect bites.

Peace Out Oil-Absorbing Pore Treatment Strips ($19)

Here's another pore strip option—it uses hydrocolloid polymer technology to lift out dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. It also works to shrink and refine enlarged pores.

Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner With Moringa + Papaya ($28)

Since this toner is alcohol-free, you don't have to worry about it seriously irritating your skin. It's formulated with 2% salicylic acid for cleansing and exfoliation, moringa-seed extract and moringa water to refresh, and papaya enzyme to clarify.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant With Salicylic Acid ($30)

Talk about another iconic/legendary product—so many people swear by Paula's Choice Liquid Exfoliant. The leave-on treatment has salicylic acid to help unclog pores, smooth skin, and brighten skin tone. You can use it once or twice daily.

Tula So Poreless Deep Exfoliating Blackhead Scrub ($32)

Made with pink salt, volcanic sand, and witch hazel, this exfoliator does a great job of deep cleaning. The selling point here is that it's made with clean ingredients—some additional ones include probiotic extracts, raspberry leaf, and pomegranate.

Caudalie Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum ($49)

Designed especially for acne-prone skin, this serum is made with 100% natural salicylic acid and niacinamide to target blackheads, breakouts, pores, and excess oil.

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