So today I want to talk about a subject that there is so much confusion around… blackhead removal! Most people are simply not educated on the subject. So I’m here to clear a few things up and explain how I remove blackheads, on myself and when I am working on clients. I’ve heard of all sorts of tricks…pore strips, soap…and it gets weirder even egg whites?
PLEASE. All of them are myths, and quite frankly just silly.
If I exfoliate my skin will it get rid of my blackheads?
I will explain one of the most common misconstrued ideas. Will your blackheads dislodge from the pore by means of exfoliation….NO! However, exfoliation will help to remove the first layer of debris and build up. Meaning it will be easier to remove your blackheads via extractions. Microdermabrasion, a professional form of exfoliation will help to stay on top of any unwanted build-up of keratin. Therefore less debris will remain in the pore to form a blackhead. The microderm has a suction mechanism, which can pick up some of the pores filament. However, some are very stubborn and for those I’d suggest using an extraction tool.
What happens if I don’t extract my blackheads?
Sometimes blackheads that are lodged in the pore for a long period of time can form an “ice pick” scar. You can often see these on an older age group 40+, particularly on men.(This picture was found here.)
My extraction routine:
- I start my routine the night before extractions. By applying a layer of the John Plunket Glyco Peel before bed. This is going to help remove my thickened layer of skin, making it easier for the blackheads to be removed.
- The next day I begin by cleansing my skin twice. Making sure any makeup is removed. If you are not wearing makeup I would still advise doing a double cleanse. I do this in the shower so that the steam helps to open the pores.
- Wash hands and put on some fresh disposable gloves.
- Next I use my extraction tool – the tool must be clean! I place mine in boiling salty water between each use. Using a light to medium pressure I wiggle the tool back and forth placing the loop over the area you are extracting. For blackhead extractions I use the small side of the loop. If it doesn’t come out the first time, I suggest leaving it alone. You don’t want to cause any trauma to the area. Try again in a couple weeks, even a month. If it still wont come out go and get it professionally extracted by a specialist. I find this tool less invasive than any other extraction method. This is a great video explaining how to perform extractions.
- Once I have extracted the comedone, I finish by placing my overnight clearing gel from Dermalogica over the extracted pore. This is an antibacterial formula that draws out excess oil and prevents spreading of bacteria.
This post was made to educate. There is nothing like getting extractions done by a professional. I still go and get mine done in the salon. If you are the slightest bit hesitant I wouldn’t suggest trying this out at home. However, for those odd comedones in between professional visits – I see no problem in doing them myself. As long as you are confident and educated in what you are doing, and using hygienic practices by all means, use this method.
Thank you for reading my post on blackhead removal.