A facial skin extraction is a process of clearing a clogged or compacted pore by manual or mechanical means. Extractions are often performed as part of a facial. Most people need at least a couple of extractions during each facial, though you may require more extractions if this is your first facial.
Blackheads are the most common reason for extraction. A blackhead is not necessarily “dirt in the pores” as many people think. It is a pore that has become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. The dark spot which is visible on the surface of the skin is oil which has oxidized and darkened on exposure to the air, like when you slice an apple and allow it to sit out for a while. You can read what’s acne.
Pustules and pimples can also be extracted, depending on their size and depth. This often requires the use of a lancet to gently lift and remove the very top layer of the pustule to allow the contents to be easily extracted.
Some pores may not be ready to be extracted on the first attempt and may require several treatments before they can be cleared.
How to extract it?
First, you need to cleanse your skin. Often do facial steam for a few minutes, to soften the skin and prepare it for easier extractions(why do this? you can read the “Benefits of Steaming Face“). You can use a facial steamer or other ways to steam your face at home.
What should you do after the extractions?
Following extractions, an antiseptic/antibacterial product is generally applied to bring the skin back to its normal acid PH and to aid in preventing post-facial breakouts. Often, a soothing mask is applied following extractions to help calm the skin, reduce redness and heal blemishes.
You can also find esthetician for help if you can’t extract your blackheads at home.
Why you should leave extractions to your esthetician?
Many clients with acne are tempted to pick or pop. To achieve healthy, clear skin, it is important to keep your hands away from your face and let your professional esthetician do these extractions. Home extractions can damage your pores and spread bacteria, making the skin worse instead of better—you can break the pore wall inside the skin, pushing bacteria out into the surrounding tissue and spreading the breakout. Your esthetician knows how to clear the clogged pores without spreading infection and inflammation.
Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about their background, training, and experience, especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Members of ASCP have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP also provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available.