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Yes! You've got several options.
For a quick fix, you can go to a professional aesthetician for a facial and they will perform blackhead extractions. I've never had it done, but from what I hear it can be a bit painful...you may want to take an Advil or some such pain reliever about an hour before you go! A tool called a comodone extractor is used to remove all the blackheads out of your pores. Although you can buy the extractor at drugstores and go the DIY route, it's really better of you leave this up to the professionals. Book a facial at a reputable spa and they will do extractions if you ask. The results are instant!
Another option is to try skincare products that specifically target blackheads. When I had blackheads in high school (confession time!), I used a blackhead eliminating exfoliating cleanser by Clean & Clear. It worked really well but it will take about a month to really see results.
Once you've gotten rid of the blackheads, you'll want to keep them from returning. Since blackheads are caused by excess oil that's trapped in your pores, skincare products that target oily skin will work wonders to prevent them. One particularly great option is to use a deep pore cleansing mask once or twice a week. This one from Origins ($22) contains activated charcoal to cleanse your pores, Boscia's Luminizing Black mask ($34) dries and peels off, taking impurities with it, and this clay mask from Boots ($9) balances skin and cleanses pores at a bargain price!