All About Extractions
Esthetician Tess popping in with a few notes on extractions— (see what I did there? 🙃) What are extractions? Why do you need extractions? What should be extracted? And what should you expect following a treatment including extractions.🙌🏼
Blackheads are the most common reason for an extraction, a good amount of acne starts with a blackhead. Contrary to popular belief, a blackhead is not necessarily “dirt in the pores” (as many cheesy acne commercials of the ‘90s lead us to believe!) A blackhead is actually a hair follicle or sometimes an oil gland, that has become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells— which can have a gray or black color when oxidized by air. On the upside, a blackhead can be a GOOD thing (as opposed to inflamed acne)— at this stage it’s easier to control and extract.
Most of us know, and will sheepishly admit to their esthetician when it does happen, that extractions should really be performed be a professional.✋🏼This way the skin can be prepped and the sebum softened— often with steam + enzymes— (pores do not open like a trapped door) and then removed with gentle pressure (using either wrapped fingers or a special disinfected metal implement). Then, high frequency current is usually applied to kill bacteria, calm inflammation and promote healing.🚑
Identifying the TYPES of acne that can be removed, prepping the skin, skillfully extracting the infection, avoiding capillaries, and eliminating lingering bacteria are a few ways to maximize the therapeutic benefits of professional extractions— and just a few reasons to see a @Dermaplus Esthetician. 🙋🏼♀️