Extractions are the part of the facial where an esthetician removes blackheads and whiteheads. Extractions take place after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated and sometimes steamed, which helps soften up the plug of hardened sebum that makes up a blackhead (also called a comedone).
Extractions are one of the most important part of a facial if you have blackheads or whiteheads, because a skilled esthetician can remove them more safely than you can. But it’s important you find a good esthetician to work with.
Here’s What You Need To Know About Extractions
Look For The Gloves. The esthetician should always wear gloves when performing extractions. The esthetician is dealing with body fluids, and if she doesn’t wear gloves, it means she’s not that clean or careful in her work.
Fingers Or Extraction Tool? Estheticians can remove blackheads with their index fingers, covered in cotton, by applying pressure to either side of the blackhead and gently coaxing it from the follicle. Some estheticians prefer to use a stainless steel tool that has a loop at one end. It’s faster and can get into awkward places, but some clients find it hurts more.
Whiteheads Are Harder To Remove.Whiteheads have a layer of dead skin cells that have grown over the plug of sebum. The esthetician has to make an opening in the skin with a lancet, a small, sharp, surgical blade that comes in a sterile packet. These are harder to remove and take more time. The use of lancets is illegal in some states, and some resort and hotel spas don’t allow their estheticians to use them.
Extractions Can Hurt. Different people have different pain thresholds. People with thicker, oiler skin are usually less sensitive, while people with thinner skin are usually more sensitive. Estheticians also vary in how aggressive they are. Speak up if it hurts too much.
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