What You NEED to Know About Pore Extractions
By Alison Clay, Licensed Cosmetologist & Esthetician
If you are one of the millions of people worldwide suffering from acne, blackheads on your nose and white bumps on your forehead or shoulders are often daily issues for you. The best way to get rid of them – and keep your skin healthy – is to visit a esthetician who is trained to remove them through a process called facial extraction.
Before we dive into the good and bad of facial extractions, let’s take a look at two types of acne blemishes.
What are blackheads?
Also known as open comedones, blackheads form when your large pores and hair follicles get clogged with sebum (oil your body produces). When the comedones come into contact with oxygen, they oxidize and turn their signature black color.
They often develop on their face, back, and shoulders, where oil production is heavy.
What are whiteheads?
Whiteheads, known as closed comedones, are the smaller, closed version of blackheads. When your small pores get filled with bacteria, air isn’t able enter. Therefore, oxidation doesn’t happen and the bumps stays white or skin-colored.
Unlike normal pimples, they are not red, inflamed, or painful. They are very common in adults with oily skin. Plus, some products (heavy creams, lotions, and oil-based) can actually contribute to your acne.
Should you pick them yourself?
No! Home picking and extracting usually creates more problems than it solves, because you can transfer bacteria, dirt, and makeup residue from your hands straight to your pores.
Home extractions often lead to:
- Inflammation or long-lasting redness
- Pain or itching
- More outbreaks
Why is expert extraction the way to go?
Estheticians are specially trained to clear your whiteheads and blackheads with sterile tools. They know the specific pore extraction methods, angles, and amount of pressure needed to best remove the gunk.
Plus, they can recommend at-home products that help open pores, allowing bacteria and dirt to be cleaned out before acne forms.
Is there anything else I should know about extractions?
Although they are extremely beneficial for managing pimples, they can hurt. It all depends on your pain tolerance, location of the blemish, and how much dead skin and oil buildup you have. I always recommend a HydraFacial before pore extractions to remove this dead skin, and a series of facials after to help clear up your skin.
Where can I schedule?
Call us at 513-791-9474 to book your free skin care consultation or your first treatment. You can also submit a form here to get started faster. We hope to hear from you soon!