Could this device be the answer to blackhead-free skin?

Two skin experts weigh in

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / August 28 2020

There’s no two ways about it – blackheads are a massive pain. The tiny dark dots that take residence on your face (caused by a build-up of oil, impurities and dead skin cells) are not only unsightly, but they can also lead to congestion and breakouts if ignored.

So how do we get rid of them?

While there’s a range of tried and tested blackhead treatment options available – which you can learn all about here –, one device in particular is becoming heralded as the new way to coax debris out of clogged pores.

The device in question? The Pore Vacuum.

The pretense of the device is pretty simple: it works by combining a small electric motor and suction cup to create a vacuum seal wherever it’s applied. This vacuum seal is designed to essentially suck stubborn blackheads from your skin.

Still not sure what we mean? Then watch the video below:

The idea behind the device sounds great, however we wanted to check in with our skin experts before we made any recommendations to rush out and buy a Pore Vacuum. And after hearing their advice, we’re glad we checked with them first.

According to skin care expert at Skin Clinic Blyss Jodie King, the jury is out on the effectiveness of the device. And while it has the potential to be successful, it may come at a cost to the skin. “In my opinion, it’s a bit of a band-aid solution and doesn’t treat the whole problem effectively.”

Additionally, skin health and wellness coach, Amy Erbacher explains, “I’m not sure it would be a great device to use if you had pimples and pustules where you could possibly spread bacteria over your face. It could also cause pimple inflammation and irritation.

While the Pore Vacuum has received numerous positive reviews, King stresses that incorrect or excessive use may cause serious damage to the skin. “Too high suction, pressure or staying in the same spot for too long can cause blood blisters to the skin with the risk of permanent small red telangiectasias (small dilated blood vessels),” she says.

Ultimately, the device looks like a nifty way to rid the skin of unwanted blackheads, however both of our skin care experts stress there are more effective treatments to tackle the issue. “I’d treat clogged pores and congestion by applying a chemical exfoliant that has lactic and salicylic acid as they work by gently dissolving the glue-like plugs/bonds that cover clogged and congested pores,” Erbacher explains. Additionally, King suggests deeply cleansing the skin, switching to a lighter moisturiser if you have oily skin, and also recommends opting for clinical treatments that include salicylic peels.

Want more information on how to combat problematic pores? Then read our guide on how to minimise your pores and find out why you need to add charcoal to your skin care routine.

Do you suffer from blackheads? Share your go-to treatment method with us in the comments below.

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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.

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