Dear esthetician: Sometimes I have breakouts and they get white and nasty. I cannot get through my day with the growth on my face getting ready to explode! Is there a way to do safe extractions at home where I will not scar myself but also be effective?
Thank you, Crazy home pimple popper.
Dear crazy home pimple popper,
You have asked a very common question. And yes, there is a safe and effective way to extract at home. Any good professional will tell you that doing extractions on your own should be avoided as much as possible and you should come in for a facial once a month so we can help you out. Please follow this rule of thumb! Leave extractions to the professionals! Now we all know that time is of value and sometimes these little pests show up over night, literally, and life has to happen that day so what do you do? I’m going to ease the pain for you a little so you can live another day.
Extracting is always better right out of the shower because the skin is soft and makes extracting easier. It’s better to extract with your fingers rather than a tool to avoid possible scarring or bruising. Make sure you cleanse, and if possible, exfoliate your face inside the shower. With two tissues wrapped around your fingers and using the sides of your fingers not the tip you will want to get a little further than right next to the blemish. Then spread the skin slightly apart and while pushing your fingers together try to get slightly under the blemish instead of right on top. This will help extract everything from inside the pore. Release fingers and reposition often until everything is extracted.
After everything is up and out, use a solution preferably with salacylic acid and possibly witch hazel to cleanse the area around and on top of your new friend (aka, nasty white puss growth). This will also help to kill any bacteria that could potentially spread on your face and create new lovely puss filled bumps. Follow up with a spot treatment such as Rhonda Allison’s blemish spot treatment or Glo’s post blemish serum, healing gel. Make sure to apply products until your new found friend has totally healed.
Another word of advice is to make sure you do not do any after extraction picking. Peeling or trying to do more extractions in a healing blemish can cause scarring and even pigmentation. Please leave it alone to heal. Follow the esthy advice on extracting and be sure to see your favorite skin care therapist once a month for more extensive extractions.
Writer: Emmy Munnis, Ambiance