Extraction treatments are the process of clearing oil, dirt and bacteria from clogged or congested pores. Extractions can be performed on its own as a means of clearing the skin, or to help purify and prepare the skin for other skin treatments.
• Clears out clogged pores
• Remove blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and pustules
• Clear up unsightly acne lesions
• Help prevent future acne breakouts
• Avoid scarring that results from picking at acne
Prior to Treatment
Prior to treatment you will be scheduled for a complimentary consultation with a SKIN specialist who will review previous and current skin care, perform a detailed skin analysis, and discuss general health history before recommending a customized treatment program.
Prior to extractions, the skin is cleansed, and sometimes exfoliated, to loosen the imperfections. The aesthetician then applies gentle pressure around the pore to extract the impurities. This can be done manually with the fingers wrapped in gauze or cotton, or with a special instrument designed for facial extractions.
Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and pustules can all be removed from the skin with extractions. Blackheads, or open comedones, are pores that have become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. The pigment which gives blackheads their name is oil which has oxidized and darkened once exposed to the air. Whiteheads, or closed comedones, develop when dead skin cells, oil and bacteria become trapped under the surface of a closed pore.
Pimples and pustules can also be extracted, depending on their size and depth. An extraction tool called a lancet is often used to pierce the top layer of the blemish in order to allow the oil and bacteria to rise to the surface of the skin so it can be more easily extracted.
Following extractions, an antibacterial product is applied to the skin to help prevent post-extraction breakouts. Extractions help to clear out the pores, but should be complemented by a regular skin care regimen with clinically proven products in order to keep the skin clear.
Extraction treatments are usually well tolerated by patients. For patients with more sensitive skin, or those with many extractions, taking an over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help with discomfort. The skin may remain red and sensitive for a day or so after the treatment. This clears up within a short amount of time. Patients with acne will find extractions an essential part of their skincare routine. Extractions, combined with a medical grade skincare program are often the first steps in acne elimination and prevention.