Cosmeticians and dermatologists probably use blackhead extractor tools more than any other. They are more commonly known as a comedo extractor tools. They’re very easy to use and aren’t a costly purchase at all. Retailing at around $10 a pop this might be one of the cheapest investments into your beauty that you can make!
“Comedo” or “Comedone” is a sort of catch-all term for black- and whiteheads. Knowing this term might help you in your further google searches in the future! It comes from the latin verb “comedere”, meaning “to eat up”. In Roman texts “comedere” was used to describe parasitic worms. In present day the word “comedo” described the worm-like oil and skin debris mixture that comes out of a pore when you squeeze it.
The main advantage that these tools have over two fingers and a piece of paper is that they allow you to apply pressure on a much more localized area of skin. As a result, rather than damaging a big area of skin, only a small patch is treated.
Secondly they allow you to reach places you might not be able to get to using just your hands.
How to use blackhead extractor tools:
First you have to ease your skin. Make sure the pores are open. To do this cosmeticians and dermatologists use a steamer to quickly treat your skin for a period of about 5 minutes. They steam up your pores and make sure the skin that is about to be treated is ready to receive the treatment.
Opening the pores allows the blackheads to be extracted easier. This makes the whole experience less painful. I was in Scandinavia a while back and going to sauna is a big part of their culture. They know however that after sauna is one of the best times to try and squeeze out those pesky blackheads. The steam of the sauna relaxes the so much they almost tend to fall out automatically!
Once your skin is ready to be squeezed, all you need to do is take one of your blackhead extractor tools and start scouting your skin for possible targets.
Now the tool used in the picture above has 2 loops; which one should you use, right? The flat loop is meant for extracting those hard-to-reach blackheads. The whiteheads on the other hand, can’t withstand the pressure the small loop provides.
However in practice I have seen the small loop being used to extract blackheads and vice versa. Ultimately what counts is that the gunk is out from your pores!
Simply place the loop over the black- or whitehead of your choice. Then once it is placed; pretend like you would scoop ice-cream out of a jar. It sounds a bit silly but there really is no better way to describe the motion that this tool requires to achieve the best result.
By pretending you scoop out ice cream you are effectively applying pressure on the far-side of the tool. This allows the debris in the pores to be pushed out from the bottom. This will leave behind a perfectly empty pore as the dead skin and oil mixture is squeezed out of the blackhead or whitehead.
Here is a video kind of demonstrating the process:
Hard to reach places:
As we see the most common place for blackheads to appear would be in the so-called “T-zone”. This is the area between your eyebrows and down to your nose.
Blackheads on the nose can be very tricky to remove. Especially if you are not using a tool to do so. Using blackhead extractor tools, nose blackheads that are just behind the nostrils will quickly become a thing of the past.
Just align the tool behind the nostrils. Then as if you’d scoop ice cream, push down on the tool and move the tool downwards as you do. Make sure to keep breathing through your mouth if you have a stuffy nose as your nostrils (at least one of them) will get completely shut as you do this.
Removing blackheads from the nose can be quite painful as there are a lot of nerves that run along this part of the face. That’s why having a steam bath or hot towel around your face can ease the skin. Proper groundwork, combined with blackhead extractor tools will make this task an enjoyable experience.
Aftercare is just as important as the work itself. So make sure that after every successful extraction, you take good care to clean and disinfect the tool before use. You wouldn’t want your hard-earned work to result in returning white- or blackheads now would you?!
After you are done, apply some skin disinfectant and some moisturizer to help soothe the skin and you will be good to go!
I hope you have found some useful info in here. If you are interested in blackhead extractor tools then please check out the link to amazon.com where the product used in this article is offered on sale