The Method of Extracting Blemishes
There is nothing that is a bigger pain when you need to get rid of a blemish. Not only is it inflamed, irritated, and sore, it looks that way too. Caking make-up on it is one of the worse things you can do as it clogs up your already irritated pores that much more.
The best way to get rid your blemish is time and patience, which when it comes to acne, you have neither. A quick solution is to pop it, especially if you’re pressed for time and need to get rid of it pronto. If that’s the solution you have resorted to, before you squeeze away, make sure you’re doing it right. This way, you’re making as painless as possible, minimizing the chances of scarring and avoiding more irritation which can create more acne.
Make Prep Time
Before you squeeze or pop anything, it’s important to prep the skin so all goes smoothly. Never extract a blemish until your skin has been prepared. The first step is to apply an exfoliating enzyme peel on the blemish you need to banish. Next, apply a hot, wet towel over it, and let it sit for about three minutes. Another method you can use to open pores is to boil a pot or bowl of hot water and position your face above the steam for a few minutes. The warm steam enters the pore and softens the sebum that is clogging it, making the extraction process easier and more efficient. After a few minutes are up, use a massaging motion to clean off the exfoliating cream. Now you’re ready to get down to business.
Now that your skin is prepped and ready to go, the extraction process can begin. There are extraction tools available that you can get online or at your local drugstore called a comedone extractor to make the process easier. But if you don’t have access to one, a tissue will work just as well. Using an unscented tissue, wrap it around your index fingers and gently press down on both sides of the blemish. Do a thorough job to ensure that you have cleaned out the pore completely so that it doesn’t resurface again. Choose to extract only the blemishes that are ready and visible. Trying to extract blemishes that are not quite ready yet will only make the blemish and surrounding area worse, which is what you’re trying to avoid.
Now that the worst part is over, you want to maximize healing of the pore as best you can. Consider an extracted blemish an open injury on your skin that you don’t want bacteria to get into. It’s still sensitive and susceptible to infection, so it needs to be well-taken care of. Cover the once existent blemish with an antibiotic gel, Aloe Vera or Neosporin, avoiding anything drying like an acne treatment. Covering the blemish will create a protective barrier so that bacteria can’t re-enter. This will make the pore heal faster and reduce any possible scarring.
Look, but Don’t Touch
Last but not least, give it time to heal. After pore extraction, your skin might look swollen, red and irritated. After the initial care and some time, the irritation will begin to fade. Encourage healing further by resisting the urge to pick at or squeeze the healing blemish, which needs to run its course. In a few days, your skin should be back to normal – and better yet – blemish-free!
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