The Dirt On Facial Extractions: To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze?
Keep hands off your face. And never, ever squeeze. These two are mainstays in the battle against acne, right? But there are times when facial extractions are beneficial (and even a must!) to clear, healthy looking skin.
What is it, exactly?
Facial extractions are when gunk and pus are squeezed from pores, either by you or a professional. Blackheads and whiteheads are expunged from the skin, leaving a clearer complexion and speeding the healing process.
Despite the age-old rules of leaving skin alone, if you are sporting a gnarly whitehead, you owe it to yourself and the community in which you dwell, to get rid of that sucker. Blackheads are trickier, but the skin does benefit from extraction.
Here’s the deal. You can’t just go on a wild rampage of pimple squeezing. There are right and wrong ways to go about facial extractions. The wrong way can make things worse. More on that in a sec.
Who needs it?
As we covered above, facial extractions work to expel debris and oil from blackheads and whiteheads. A cyst is another story. If the blemish does not have a head, and is more a red, irritated lump? Leave it alone. Squeezing will not help and will most likely create an even bigger, redder spot that hurts like all heck.
Most people who’ve never undergone extractions wonder, does it hurt? Mild discomfort is the norm with facial extractions, but nothing too serious.
How is it done?
When you go to a facialist for an extraction, they will usually cleanse the skin and give it an exfoliation. This removes dead skin cells, making extraction easier, and creates a clean surface to ward off infection. Tools are used less today than gloved fingers for gentler, more accurate extraction. Once pores are cleared, the skin is cleansed a second time and moisturizer is applied.
When to squeeze and when to walk away
We talked about leaving cysts alone until they have a head, focusing on extracting pus and oil from blackheads and whiteheads. But you have to know when enough is enough. Giving the spot a gentle squeeze, with either glove or tissue covered fingers, will expel any debris. If you are having to squeeze really hard or start see blood, stop. This could cause scarring and, at the very least, a nasty scab. And please, leave fingernails and metal tools out of this scenario.
Can you do it at home or do you need a profesh?
A facialist is skilled in extractions and is the best choice when you have a lot of blemishes or a big event coming up. If you are dealing with a small area of problem pores, or simply don’t have the time or money to see a pro, you can perform a safe and effective DIY extraction sesh, no prob.
5 Steps to DIY Facial Extraction
1. Cleanse you skin with a mild cleanser that removes dirt, makeup, and excess oil. Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel is a great choice.
2. You know that exfoliation we talked about earlier? What you want to avoid is an overzealous scrubbing. Skin needs to be calm and happy prior to extractions. Use an exfoliant made with fruit acids that does the work with no rough stuff required.
3. Grab a clean pair of gloves, or a couple of tissues, and begin gently extracting debris from trouble spots. Refer to the above info on how far to go here.
4. Apply a layer of skin calming toner to face with a cotton pad. Yuli Panacea Elixir soothes skin and decreases inflammation.
5. Now, give skin a soothing drink of hydration with a mild moisturizer. Acure Organics Oil Control Facial Moisturizer Lilac Stem Cells + 1% Chlorella Growth Factor gives light hydration to keep skin comfortable while helping to prevent further breakouts.
There you go. Skin may be a bit red or even slightly inflamed in areas the day or two after facial extractions are performed. But, when done right, this practice should result in clearer skin.
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