From the time we start experiencing breakouts, normally in our teenage years, it seems like we’ve always been told the same thing: Never ever pop your pimples! However, if this process is done correctly and carefully, you may be able to successfully extract a whitehead or blackhead without harming your skin. Remember, never try to pop a pimple that has not come to a head. If you attempt popping a undeveloped lesion, this may lead to a deeper infection and cause greater inflammation. Helpful tips on how to correctly extract a pimple or blackhead are listed below:
- Make sure hands are clean (very important!)
- Cleanse your skin
- Steam your face for 5-10 minutes either in the shower or over a hot bowl of water, (put a towel over your head to trap in the steam) This will loosen the pores and make the extraction process less painful. Be careful not to scald yourself during this step!
- Optional: Massage infected area for a few minutes to release tension
- Prick top of pimple with a sterilized needle or lancet
- Wrap fingers with tissues
- Place wrapped fingers on both sides of pimple and use a rocking or rolling motion to start the extraction process
- After a few pushes if nothing comes out, stop pushing! If the pimple is truly ready to be extracted it won’t require a lot of pressure. You can damage the barrier wall and cause a worse infection, scarring and possibly more pimples to form.
- Stop pushing when you see blood or clear fluid
- Wipe away any fluids and then use an astringent to disinfect the skin
- Use LEROSETT® Clay Mask or apply as spot treatment
- Moisturize the skin
To avoid infection, always remember to sterilize your extractor every time you use it. To do this, boil the tool for ten minutes in hot water then cleanse it with rubbing alcohol.
We do not recommend attempting to extract aggravated, inflamed or infected acne lesions. This may worsen the acne and cause more breakouts and scarring. Also, it is critical to leave painful lesions and deep cysts alone. Do not try to extract these blemishes. You may apply LEROSETT® Clay to the pimple several times a day to prevent swelling and keep the blemish from becoming more inflamed.
The extraction process may be extensive but if done correctly and carefully, you may be able to rid yourself of whiteheads and/or blackheads without causing irritation to the skin. If you are unsure about your skin condition, always seek advice from a physician or skin care specialist to confirm that you have acne and not one of many other skin conditions that can look similar to acne.