COMEDONE EXTRACTION FAQ
Extractions refer to the process of clearing clogged or obstructed pores, also known as comedones, from the skin. There are two types of comedones: open, blackheads, and closed, whiteheads. Blackheads are impacted sebum in the pores and are most common in the T-zone that become black due to the oxidation of sebum, while closed comedones are usually a result of bacteria buildup in the pore, which result in inflammation. Both open and closed comedones can happen in other areas of the face, depending on skin type and your skincare habits." You know it’s time for extractions when the “pores are congested, and you can see impurities or feel them under your skin. Typically, this is detected in acne-prone or oily skin types, but that doesn’t mean other skin types don’t need a thorough inspection and cleaning, as well.
Also, while extractions will help speed up the recovery process and will make your pores look super clean, they can’t magically banish all bumps and pimples. It’s the home care and your diet that really impacts the results of a facial. Those with oily skin need to avoid pore-clogging ingredients like mineral and coconut oils, which will reinfect the skin and lead to more open and closed comedones. Look for, the magic word — non-comedogenic — because it means the product is formulated with ingredients that don't cause comedones or clog the pores. As for the diet you should consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in order to restore your vitamin deficiencies that may be causing your oily skin. If you suspect it's a hormonal problem you should seek help from your doctor. Also, a regular exfoliation routine can keep clogging at bay and extend the time between trips to your esthetician. Apply a cooling gel mask with a tool specially developed for facial cooling and pore shrinking to reduce any redness caused by the treatment.
If you don't change your skincare routine after having a comedone extraction you will most likely be back to the same complexion within a couple of weeks. But if you are changing your routine as well as your diet you can see astonishing and lasting results within a month.
Proper extractions should not hurt or cause redness for days, maybe a few hours or 24 hours at the most, if you had tons of work done.
"Dr. Michele Farber, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group, said that in her professional opinion, extractions should always be done with an extracting tool, never hands."
“Skin can process infections and manage oil production, but it still needs assistance in the removal of certain underlying congestions, which, if they are not carefully removed, will remain in the skin as is, get larger, turn into a blemish and potentially scar,”
"Blackheads can be easily extracted at home because they usually have a wide opening to the surface."
"A Hydro peel is the most effective way to remove blackheads and to recurface the skin" - Dr. Bergnakow to Dermacell Magazine