Kiss Clogged Pores Goodbye!

If you are struggling with clogged pores or acne, facial extractions may be what you’ve been missing in your life. No matter your age, skin tone or stage in life, blemishes can pop up at any time and anywhere on the body. If you are tempted to pop and extract these blemishes yourself there is a chance you are making the problem worse and aggravating your skin. Extractions should be left to a medical aesthetician that can clear your compacted pores safely.

Let’s learn more about clogged pores. Clogged pores can actually be categorized and broken down by what stage they are in. If you look in a magnifying mirror and see small specks that are especially noticeable on the nose and chin, they are most like sebaceous filaments. Sebaceous filaments may be bothersome to look at but from an anatomy standpoint, they are not harmful whatsoever. They help guide oil and debris out of a pore or follicle.  Other small white or flesh colored bumps may be Milia or sebaceous hyperplasia, two other conditions that should only be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional in office. Comedones, more commonly known as clogged pores, can develop into flesh-colored bumps with heads on them aka “whiteheads” although they may not always be white. These occur when new skin forms over the clogged pore and further traps the dirt and debris. Clogged pores can evolve into an open comedone, commonly known as a blackhead. When the whitehead pushes through the surface of the skin to make room for all the junk it is carrying, the oil and dead skin mix is exposed to air which changes the flesh-colored head to a black or brown shade…aka a blackhead! If this blackhead isn’t extracted, the comedone will become inflamed and irritated causing it to rupture and boom: a pimple is created!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Clogged pores are caused by a combination of sebum (built up oil), dead skin, bacteria, and debris like old makeup and dirt. We have found that those with oily skin types are more prone to clogged pores if they are not regularly receiving facial treatments, exfoliating, or with a controlled in-home regimen. Oil production is controlled by hormones, so we commonly see teenagers and those experiencing hormone fluctuations or imbalances coming in with concerns about their congested skin. Clogged pores can also occur from certain diseases, medications, stress, weather and other environmental factors.
Extractions involves the process of clearing a clogged pore, either manually or mechanically.
Yes! Manual extraction involves using the fingers wrapped in gauze or cotton or a, while mechanical extraction involves using a tool called a comedone extractor. A comedone extractor can come in multiple forms—one that looks and feels like tweezers but with two loops on either end, two being a pore vacuum and three a newer device that features a rounded spatula stainless steel end that emits ultrasonic waves for precise, targeted extractions.
Beyond cleaning out your pores, extractions have many benefits ranging from improved skin tone and texture, a reduction in brown spots, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), hyperpigmentation, and fewer future breakouts. Because extractions clear the clogged pores, the open pores can better absorb topical skincare during a treatment and during your in-home regimen.
We have chemical peels and facial treatments as well as medical grade skincare that can assist in diminishing blemishes. Once you meet with a clinician, they will make their professional recommendations and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

It’s extremely tempting to squeeze anything that pops up, trust us, we LOVE to do it, but having it done by a medical professional ensures that it will be done safely. When you squeeze and pop a pimple, you are ripping through the skin which can lead to redness, scarring, infection, and inflammation.

For example, take cystic acne- trying to extract it at home could spread the bacteria to other parts of the skin and make your already bothersome inflamed acne worse than where you started!

If you are working with a dermatologist, suffer from a chronic facial skin condition, or take certain prescription medications that directly affect your skin, you may not be a good. You can inquire with our nurse or our physician before having extractions.