A blackhead vacuum is a small vacuum you position over a blackhead. It uses mild suction to extract oil, dead skin, and other debris out of the pore, according to New York City-based dermatologist Hadley King, MD. Some vacuums may also have an exfoliating component, King adds.
There are two main types of blackhead vacuums:
- professional devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used by experienced technicians
- inexpensive devices you can purchase yourself and use at home
When using a blackhead vacuum at home, you’ll generally want to follow the directions provided in the manual.