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What is Blackhead Extraction?
Facials come in all different shapes and sizes. From those designed to make skin look younger to acne-reducing facials to detoxifying facials to, yes, those that help with blackheads. Most people, however, aren't sure what exactly blackhead extraction is when it comes to getting a facial.
Blackheads can be a nuisance, not to mention, many people feel insecure with blackheads appearing across the surface of their skin. This is where having blackhead extraction done can make a huge impact and make your skin look smoother and more beautiful than ever.
What are blackheads? Simply put, blackheads are generally the result of clogged hair follicles. The general appearance gives rise to the name as it is usually a tiny black dot associated with blackheads. People often get these on their faces though some other common areas for blackheads are chest, back, arms, and shoulders, among other areas of the body.
If you tend to have oily or greasy skin, blackheads are more prone to form. That is why blackhead extraction in tandem with a facial is an ideal solution for those suffering from both oily skin and blackheads. Certain facial types' and their detoxifying and cleansing elements serve to rid the skin's surface of oils. At the same time, the actual blackhead extraction technique performed by the aesthetician removes those unsightly blackheads from your face. You feel refreshed and more confident!
What happens during blackhead extraction?
You might be wondering how blackhead extraction in a spa is performed. This is done in conjunction with a facial and is generally an add-on. Before receiving a spa facial, you will consult with the aesthetician and inform them of any issues you may be having, any concerns you'd like addressed, and ultimately, what type of results you'd like to see. They may suggest skincare products that you can continue to use at home to help reduce the oils on your skin and those that can help prevent new blackhead formation.
Your facial may begin with an overall cleansing of the skin's surface. In some instances, steam may help open up the pores to make blackhead extraction easier and less painful. The key in the initial phases of the facial is to remove all dirt, debris, oil, and residual makeup from the skin. Depending on the exact type of facial and the aesthetician, some may utilize enzymes, peels or scrubs, or a combination of these to help get those pores open and prepared for the extraction. The preparation of the skin's surface is pivotal to successful blackhead extraction. This is why it is crucial to work with a trained and certified aesthetician experienced in this technique.
The aesthetician will use a unique tool designed to remove blackheads one by one during the actual blackhead extraction. By applying slight pressure, they will utilize this tool to release the sebum from the pore and thus unclog that pore, effectively removing the blackhead. Afterward, once all blackheads are removed, the aesthetician will apply nutrients and moisturizing products to the face to ensure a glowing and smooth result!
Does the process hurt?
This is a question often asked. The prospect of someone removing blackheads one by one from your face may seem like there could be some associated pain. Though, most would agree that blackhead extraction in conjunction with a spa facial is a painless process. And while yes, there might be some discomfort during the procedure—especially on more sensitive areas such as the nose, for example—overall, there is no actual pain during a blackhead extraction. Though, afterward, you may notice some redness in the treated areas. Any redness that you do notice usually goes away within a few hours.
And of course, the nutrients and serum applied to the face following the extraction help calm the skin and prevent it from otherwise feeling sore in the areas treated.
What effect will this have on pores?
People often wonder whether getting facials, particularly regular facials, affects pore size. Generally speaking, the answer is no. Pore size remains the same despite how many facials you may get. Pore size is thought to be genetic—procedures and treatments of this nature really can't affect the overall size of one's pores.
Keep in mind that when pores frequently become clogged with dirt, oils, and debris, this can actually stretch the pore size and thus make them more susceptible to blackheads. And while we may not be able to reduce the impact of environmental damage on the skin, some products work to cleanse the pores and thus keep them from getting irritated. A regular skincare routine goes a long way toward staving off blackhead growth. Ask the aesthetician about products they recommend for daily use.
How do you make the results of a blackhead extraction last?
Again, it is all about establishing a routine. Using skincare products designed to cleanse and exfoliate can be hugely beneficial for those who may get frequent blackheads. There are certain products, for example, that contain glycolic acids that work to keep pores unclogged, clean and prevent inflammation of pores.
Blackheads are caused by sebum oxidation; this is what gives them their dark appearance. Looking for oil-free skincare products can also work to prevent blackhead formation.
Overall, a facial with a blackhead extraction will leave your skin feeling fresher, looking cleaner, and overall, will give skin a smoother appearance. The type of facial you get is essential, so ask your aesthetician about what the spa offers and what are the consequences for your skin type. The key is also to enjoy the process. A facial should be about relaxing you as much as it is about cleansing your skin. Be sure to talk with the aesthetician to discuss your expectations and concerns.