Among the many skin problems we deal with on a regular basis, blackheads are probably the most annoying of the lot. Those tiny, pesky, black dots on your t-zone can bring your skin game down as well as invite other skin problems such as acne and breakouts if not extracted.
Blackhead extraction may seem like an easy task, especially with the various tools available. However, when not done right, it can push the blackhead deeper into the skin or leave scars. While a lot of websites tell you how to use it right, we will tell you everything you should not do with a blackhead extractor. Take a look…
Using without exfoliating
Before starting any skin treatment, it is important to cleanse and exfoliate. Wash your face using a suitable cleanser and follow it up with a scrub formulated for your skin type. This ensures that the surface dirt is thoroughly cleansed and it does not seep deeper to irritate your skin and cause problems. Exfoliating also opens the pores and makes extraction simpler without causing pain.
Not taking a steam
If you want your blackheads to come to the surface and get extracted easily, it is important to first take steam. This will open the pores and prepare them for easy extraction. Boil water in a large vessel then lean over it, cover your head so the steam reaches your skin. Don’t hold your face too close to the water as this can lead to burns and redness. Alternatively, you can also take a hot shower.
Using without disinfecting
It is important to disinfect your blackhead extracting tool before using it to ensure there’s no dirt or germs sitting on it. You can use a general disinfectant or rubbing alcohol to clean the tool before using it. If you don’t want to invite more skin problems, never skip this important step.
After exfoliation and steam, your blackheads should get extracted easily, however, if it’s not, don’t get aggressive. Use gentle pressure when using the tool or else it will leave you with ugly scars that will take months to fade.