The comedone extractor can easily push blackhead- and whitehead-causing gunk out of your pores—if you use it properly.
In the “important memories” folder stored in the back of my brain, you’ll find life-changing moments like waking up with my first period, passing my road test and picking up my driver’s license, and dealing with my first blackhead. The gnarly zit sprouted on my right nostril, exactly where you’d find a nose piercing. Being a 13-year-old with no beauty or skin-care expertise, I scrubbed the dark and mysterious bump with face wash, smeared concealer on it before I went to school, and crossed my fingers it would magically disappear on its own.
How to Safely Use a Comedone Extractor
- Apply a warm compress (such as a damp, warm washcloth) to the affected area to soften and open up the pore.
- Clean the skin and the comedone extractor with alcohol.
- Select the wire loop you’d like to use. The smaller, more narrow loop is typically the better option since it doesn’t put extra pressure on the affected area. The larger loop can be used, with caution, on a larger breakout, says Dr. Garshick.
4. Place the wire loop around the blackhead or white head. Press gently to extract the dead skin and sebum that’s clogging the pore. If nothing immediately comes out of the breakout, stop pressing and let it rest. If bleeding occurs, stop pressing. In this instance, it’s likely that the contents of the clogged pore have already come out and there’s nothing left, or the spot itself wasn’t ready to be popped. A little bruise may develop around the breakout from the pressure of the comedone extractor, which will go away on its own.
5. Gently wash your face with soap and water to remove any remaining bacteria from the surface of the skin. Avoid spot treatments, which can further irritate the skin. Wait until the following day to resume your normal skin-care routine.
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