Let’s talk… blackhead extractions
A guilty pleasure.
There’s something about popping blemishes that can be so satisfying to watch. Pimple popping videos gained such popularity, there was a television series devoted to the extraction!
So, what does this juicy procedure involve? Read on as we dive into your pores for a proper blackhead extraction!
Blackhead extractions are the focal point of our pore cleansing facial: the PORE.
Pore cleansing is defined as the process of physically and/or chemically removing debris from the pores. The process clears build-up from the pores and allows them to contract.
Start with a fresh face.
Extractions are best on freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin. Cleansing ensures that no harmful bacteria is present when exposing the open pore. Exfoliation clears the opening of the pore and loosens the tip of the debris.
A specialized solution is applied to help dislodge the oily debris after cleansing and exfoliating. The solution is commonly a sodium bicarbonate blend that creates a chemical reaction known as saponification. This reaction transforms oils & fats into a soap solution. Oily debris also becomes water-soluble in the process.
After the solution has worked its magic, the skin is placed under a warm steamer. The warmth and humidity of the steam opens up the pores and dampens the now water-soluble waste.
Professional steamers feature an Ozone (O3) function that emits ozone steam onto the skin. O3 increases the skin’s healing abilities and disinfects the surface. O3 also has an oil-reducing effect that lasts beyond the service.
The physical extractions are performed using a pore extraction tool and directional pressure. Large pores are emptied individually using a “scooping” maneuver. Smaller pores and superficial debris are purged with a simple glide of the tool or fingers.
Following extractions, the skin is soothed and sanitized with a post extraction solution. The solution usually contains an antiseptic and a calming ingredient.
Blackhead extractions can take 15-30 minutes depending on the skin condition. They can also leave the skin looking irritated for 1-2 hours, so be prepared. Once the pores are cleared though, they can remain clear for up to 8 weeks.
When it comes to our role as skincare technicians, we must say juicy extractions are by far a service favourite!
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