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I have really, really sensitive skin so using pore strips and facial masks often make them flare up with acne. My skin is also pretty dry or very oily at times. Usually, I use the Magnolia Orchid Tea Tree cooling mask with is basically a gel-like substance that helps with my acne. It helps a lot to shrink my black heads. (Unfortunately, it IS a mask, so it leaves a whitish residue. So if I need to go out, and you want to deal with your blackheads on a short term here's my next tip.)
I definitely recommend to drink a TON of water. Though you might see this on a lot of beauty blogs and medical websites, trust me on this. It works. Take a mug of water and just chug that down. Then, do whatever you need to do, and go to the bathroom a little while later, flushing out all of that water you just drank. Drink another mug of water, and repeat that cycle for a couple hours. The next day, my skin was less red, my blackheads had shrunk, and all in all, my skin condition had improved by a ten-fold.
Additionally, I also have a condition called eczema, which a lot of people have. It basically makes your skin very sensitive and itchy due to the sun or exposure to sweat. Because of this, my doctor gives me "Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP 0.1%" Unfortunately, this cream is only by prescription, and usually, doctors will not prescribe it unless you have eczema. I put it on my skin, not rubbing it in so it can naturally seep into my skin and by the next morning, my face is less red.
There's also Hydrogen Peroxide (which you can get from a pharmacy or drugstore) which helps to dry out your skin so not as much oil gets trapped in it. WASH YOUR FACE A LOT. It really helps to rid your skin of all the dirt and oil.
Furthermore, usually blackheads get bigger because you touch your face. So, don't touch your face. Don't scrub your face while washing it, be really gentle so it doesn't get irritated. Try to not use lotion for one day, after washing your face. Sometimes lotions and creams can clog your pores. Don't eat too much chips and fries and oily foods. (You probably knew all of that.)
I hope I was of help! :)1