Do Pore Vacuums Work? What You Need to Know

Pore vacuums are one of the many beauty trend fads at the moment, but is pore vacuuming one of the trends that actually works? Is it just a trend that is going to quickly fade like many do? This tends to be a big question with all of the beauty products on the market. 

While it sounds good in theory, it often doesn’t work out as good as they appear to. That is the trick with great advertising, it can be a tad misleading. Lucky for you, I have done the research, gave them a try for myself, and have the results to share. Now you don’t have to wonder or waste your money testing it out to see. 

What do Pore Vacuums Do? 

First things first, we need to talk about what a pore vacuum is meant for. If you’ve never heard of this product before, then you are more than likely very confused. 

A pore vacuum works exactly like it sounds. It vacuums out all the gunk and blackheads from your pores. Ideally, it will leave your pores clear of anything that could potentially clog them, leading to less pimples, less blackheads, and an overall clearer complexion. 

That being said, pore vacuuming has to have a lot of umph. After all, it’s a vacuum for your face. Don’t be shocked when the vacuum intensity is high. This is a bit of a learning curve at the beginning. 

Do They Work? 

The big question, do blackhead vacuums work? This question has to be answered in two parts. First, do pore vacuums clear out your pores? Second, is it beneficial to have your pores cleared out? Let’s talk about it. 

Pore vacuuming’s effectiveness is highly dependent on the product you use, the way you use it, and your skin concerns. That being said, it can suck quite a bit of gunk out. Like any product, the higher quality options will have better success than cheaper alternatives. 

Also, perfecting the technique will give you the best results. Pull your skin taught and slowly go over your skin starting inward and moving up and outward. Going slow is going to be key to getting the most out of your vacuum. 

Some redness immediately after is normal, but it will fade pretty quickly. You are sucking gunk out of your skin afterall, it’s bound to cause a bit of redness. 

However, it’s important to acknowledge that while this does remove a lot of gunk, it’s only the top level that is being removed from your skin. This is not going to remove anything from deep inside your pores, and you don’t really want it to either. 

Now, is this an efficient way of managing your skin? There are a lot of differing opinions on this subject. Overall, the consensus is that they are not good for your skin. While they do remove the gunk from your pores, this is a temporary fix that will quickly refill. 

Not only that, but this can cause bruising or broken capillaries which can be worse for your skin than leaving it be. Broken capillaries can have long lasting effects of damage, so this is a big downside. While it’s a satisfying feeling to see all the dead skin, oil, and leftover makeup pulled out of your pores, it leaves the pores open to get just as much if not more grime put right back in. 


A better option would be to deep cleanse your skin, and focus on exfoliating well to get rid of the dead skin that is more than likely clogging your pores in all actuality. There are a few different options for exfoliation. Physical exfoliators can work, but be sure to use gentle options to prevent damaging your skin. Chemical exfoliators are great to get rid of dead skin without damage. 

Remember that gentleness is always better when dealing with your face. Your skin is extremely thin and needs loads of care. The worst thing you can do for your skin is push harsh skincare routines and cause damage to your skin barrier. 

So, if you are looking for a gentle and effective option, a blackhead vacuum might not be the best solution. Stick to the basics. Another fad to check off the list.

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