Blackheads are essentially clogged hair follicles that are full of excess sebum. The overflow of sebum causes the skin to oxidize in the top layer of your pores, resulting in those black dots inevitably taking up residence on your skin. To kick them out, a lot of people turn to over-the-counter products with strong ingredients. Sure, those might work for you. But if you have sensitive skin and would rather depend on gentle, botanical herbs, trust that essential oils work just as well at banishing blackheads.
Byrdie tapped the co-founder of essential oils company Vitruvi, Sara Panton, along with skincare specialists Amoreena Berg and Lauren Ing of SMD Cosmetics to share the very best essential oils for blackheads.
If you want to do a deep dive into essential oils even further, read the only guide you'll ever need here.