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Tools of the Trade: Blemish Extractor

When I mentioned blemish extractors in my recent post about the Biore Self-Heating Mask, many readers wondered what a blemish extractor was, and some of you were horrified when I explained it. But don't be afraid of this handy little tool: In my opinion, it's one of the beauty junkie's best weapons against clogged pores and blackheads. Extractors are also a must-have for anyone with oily skin.

I currently use the Sephora Double-Ended Blemish Extractor ($16), though I haven't found much difference between the different brands. Most all of them feature two loops: a thin wire for whiteheads and a thick, flat loop for blackheads. However, I almost always use the small loop to squeeze out all types of tiny blemishes. For all of the gory details about using a blemish extractor,

First of all, your mom probably told you not to squeeze your pimples, and that is still true. The blemish extractor is meant only for removing clogged pores, which start out tiny and white and often develop into larger, oily blackheads. Don't even think about using a blemish extractor on a real pimple, though.

Start by steaming your face with a warm, wet cloth, or do your pore unclogging after a hot shower or warm mask. To use, select the end with the appropriate size loop and surround the blemish with the loop. Press firmly and slowly slide the loop over the blemish until the clog comes out. If you do it right, it should be quick and easy and highly satisfying!

karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
Will try this but doubt it will work. I really really hope it does though. I have loads of blackheads (gross I know) and they really pull down my confidence.
caroline_yeah caroline_yeah 10 years
Hmmm... i'll give it a try I'm buying one, althoug it kinda scares me, but i can't stand the witheheads on my chin anymore.
Curvitas Curvitas 10 years
I definately want one! does anyone know what to do with those little white things that aren't like whiteheads ( or maybe they are) but they are like a little white bump that is way onder the skin, like u can't squeeze it... ( ew.) ?
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
i think i must restrain myself from trying... i pick at my skin constantly as it is!!! then again... maybe using something other than my fingernails to squeez out blackheads would be better? hmmmm OK CRAP! I'M BUYING ONE!!!
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 10 years
hmm sounds interesting, may have to be on the lookout for this!
LavitaBella LavitaBella 10 years
I Have one of those, its the best thing ever. It works...maybe not 100%...but it still works. You have to know how to use it...
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
I bought one last night. They had a Tweezerman one at CVS. I took it home and immediately started attacking my face and chasing my husband to try on his face and back (he's such a baby). I don't think I steamed enough and ended up with red marks all over, two are still there today. It worked on the ones I got and it was fun in a gross way like budderflie said. I hate to admit that I was disappointed I didn't have more to go after. I definately learned not to be too enthusiastic.
leighette leighette 10 years
Just a warning--these tools are not for the obsessive! I had to throw mine away because I overdid it and my face began to look worse rather than better. Squeezing blemishes spreads bacteria and can create new breakouts, which is what happened to me. So if you have a little OCD in you, be careful with this thing!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I've seen these, but have never been sure if they really worked ... I'll have to try one of the brands you guys have suggested!
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
I clean my skin constantly so I never really have really big clogged blackheads. I tendto get infected one that hurt. But I have my own secret ;)
Lagasse2005 Lagasse2005 10 years
Great tip! Always wondered about it, glad you were willing to write it out for us.
Enzo-Zehetbauer Enzo-Zehetbauer 10 years
Akin to giving oneself an 'AT HOME' facelift no? Effing dangerous in my opinion. I understand that not many people can afford a weekly facial at a ritzy spa but for about the same price of a single Carita Paris purge exfoliation they can effectively achieve the same results with a Clarisonic brush system. It would be a lot smarter to simply invest in one and keep pores proactively immaculate at home that way. Haha I sound like a salesman but I'm not, I just have a serious problem with people giving themselves procedures like extractions and highlights at home when there are professionals out there better equipped to provide excellent results.
SarahwithanH SarahwithanH 10 years
Sounds like a great tool to me!
Budderflie Budderflie 10 years
I have giant size pores (I could use face strips 2x a day and still be clogged up). I bet this would be fun. As gross as that sounds.
nati nati 10 years
wow, never I've never tried it... i use the pond's clear pore strips.
that thing is so dam dangerous. i have it, and once i start with one, i start with a million things that i should just leave alone....and then my face looks a million times worse later.... be careful with the warm wash cloth or using it after your shower, because with tender skin (that comes with warm water/steam) you can kind of rip of skin around it (even if you use it correctly) while trying to do an extraction... I know from experience...and beieve me, it looks WAY worse the next day... but if that happens, i suggest neosporin! :):)
biggiefootie biggiefootie 10 years
I have one of these, and i have to say that getting blackheads out of my face is probably the most satisfying portion of my skin-care regime. It just feels soooo good!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
I'm tempted by these. I had this done at a salong once and my face got all red and irritated for a WEEK becase of it. :(
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I need one, I always get blackhead on my nose...ewww.
loveMYbitches loveMYbitches 10 years
I'm so tempted to use that, i get white heads far more of than I get zits! But i'm always afraid to pick them! This could be fun.
wmnslibr wmnslibr 10 years
This is great! I have a similar one by Tweezerman. It gets the gunk out, but without leaving a gaping gash that becomes tempting to pick at. I use it at night, after I wash my face, and in the morning everything looks good.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
Just be careful not to mess with it too much if it doesn't come out easily--I had one of those lip blackheads that I fought with over and over and now it keeps coming back. My facialist says that it's possible to make a scar hole that just keeps filling up...ew. Hope it helps.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I am with you on that, smarler! Guess I'll just have to get past the creepy part of it for better skin!
Drewsfan Drewsfan 10 years
I had a vaccuum one that never really did anything. I'll have to try one of these, though!
smarler smarler 10 years
I'm willing to give it a go for $16. My super oily skin fights a never ending battle with me and my complexion!
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