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By now, we’ve all seen the video of girl who used a too-tight suction mask to get rid of her blackheads. (You know the one—with the screaming and cursing? If you haven’t get on that, because wow.) Now, while most of us (hopefully!) have never experienced something quite that dramatic, we’ve all made our fair share of slip-ups when it comes to trying to get gunk out of our pores.
Whether our own skin care fails have led to pain or damaged skin, such a common concern should be easier to handle. So to help make your blackhead removal as smooth as possible, we talked to three experts to get their take on common mistakes women make when trying to remove blackheads. If you’re able to avoid doing the following, you’ll be able to keep your skin clear, pain-free. Just don’t expect your viral video career to take off…
Physical scrubs can really help keep pores clean while chemical exfoliants are a great way to remove excess oil. However, over-using either of these can actually do more damage than good. Think: red, irritated, dry skin. “Exfoliating particles in scrubs can cause skin inflammation,” explains New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “Ingredients like salicylic acid may help exfoliate dead cells and remove excess oil from the skin, but if used too frequently or applied too roughly, can cause skin irritation.”
Extractions can be done either with a tool or your fingers. But there are proper techniques to using both of these that will leave little to (ideally) no damage. When extractions go wrong, skin can darken and get red spots due to the slight injury caused and overstimulation of melanin cells. “While they will go away, this can make the skin look uneven in its tone for anywhere from five days to an entire month,” explains Rouleau. So, in order to properly extract with a tool, Zeichner recommends a comedone extractor like the Revlon Blackhead Remover, $7, used with gentle pressure. Press in a downward manner and follow with a Q-tip.
So while “picking” is wrong, extracting is right, but only when done correctly. And properly prepping skin is always a good place to start. You’ll want to clean your face with a mild cleanser and use steam to help open and soften the hardened oil within your pores. Celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleaurecommends doing extractions right after a shower. You’ll also want to apply a thin layer of a heavy moisturizer before starting. “By using a rich moisturizer, it will create a temporary occlusive seal to keep the heat trapped in the skin, which for extractions purposes is necessary,” explains Rouleau. So just jump out of the shower, smooth on some rich moisturizer, and you’re ready to get extracting.