Keep Your Skin Clear With A Blackhead Removal Tool
If you have a recurring problem with blackheads then you have probably considered every solution in the book, and you may have paid a great deal for some of them too! But there is one solution you may not have tried, and it won’t cost an arm and a leg: a blackhead removal tool.
A blackhead removal tool, also known as a comedone extractor or blackhead extractor, is a small metal implement that is a little bigger than a pair of tweezers. It has a straight shaft with two metal loops, one on each end. The metal loops may be different sizes or different shapes for treating different types of pimples.
To use a blackhead removal tool, you will first want to soften and open the pores of the face using steam or a warm washcloth. To steam treat your face, all you need to do is boil a pot of water on the stovetop, drape a towel over your head, and hold your head over the pot as it creates steam. Please do be careful not to get too close to the source of the steam. Steam burns are very painful! As long as you have a towel draped over your head, you shouldn’t have to be so close to the steam that it hurts. It should just feel warm and humid, not painful. If using steam makes you nervous, you can accomplish the same effect by holding a warm wet washcloth to the affected area. The only difference between the washcloth and steam is that you may have to keep rewarming the washcloth, as it will cool down quickly.
Once you have prepared the affected area, take your blackhead removal tool and place one of the metal loops directly over the blackheads, one at a time. Gently apply pressure in a downward motion, but be careful not to cut or scrape the skin. The contents of the blackhead should release easily. If they do not, rewarm and re-steam the area and try again. Never force a blackhead to release. If you do, you may cause painful tearing and unsightly scarring, not to mention the risk of infection if germs are introduced to an open pore. Once you have successfully removed blackheads, be sure to wash and sterilize the tool before you store it for next time. It is very important to always use a clean blackhead removal tool so that you are never introducing new bacteria to the open pores on your face.