When you see blackheads on your face, what do you do?
Odds are you are probably feeling like picking at it and squeezing it out.
But what if there’s a blackhead you just can’t pull out?
There’s nothing left to do but extract it, obviously, but there’s a certain art and science to the technique so that you don’t end up looking like a tomato because of broken capillaries.
The thing is, blackheads are ready to extract. That’s why it has become a common habit for most of us to get rid of them at home.
Simply put, a blackhead is made up of accumulated hardened oils stuck in your pore or follicle. When it’s exposed to oxygen, it starts to oxidize and darken until it turns black. This is where the term blackhead comes from, because the black head is literally exposed.
I am not a professional blackhead extractor in any way, shape or form, but in my personal opinion, I would suggest that you stay away from using a comedone tool if you want to do an extraction on your own. The risk is that when you apply the incorrect position and pressure, you just don’t know how that blackhead or your skin will end up.
I would recommend that you use just your fingers but not your nails. This way, you can feel just how much pressure to apply to the area. If you’re scared that your nails might scratch up your skin, it’s okay to wrap your fingers in tissue paper as a protective layer.
These tips below on how to correctly remove blackheads are based on my experience and the advise of skin care experts.
So how do you correctly extract a blackhead?
1. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin.
2. Steam the area to somehow “loosen up” the blackhead.
3. Be very careful around your nose because it is one of the most sensitive areas on your face. Apply even pressure to either side of the blackhead with clean fingers. Keep doing this until you see the blackhead move and the sebum starts to squeeze out on its own. You’ll want to keep your fingers far enough from each other so that they remove all of the gunk under the surface effectively. It’s okay to keep re-positioning them as you work your way around the area to really get that bad boy out.
4. Once your skin tone in the area you’ve just extracted is even, that indicates that there probably isn’t any sebum left in the pore. It should appear clean.
5. Finish off with a swipe of toning cleanser to clean your skin and help close up the pore.
Have you tried extracting your own blackheads? How did it go? Please share below!
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