The process of clearing or cleaning facial skin pores is also known as extraction facial or acne facial. It is done two or three times manually during a routine cleanup procedure. However, if you are getting it done for the first time, then it might take longer. Generally, most people need a monthly extractions, but that really depends upon their skin type and the severity of damage incurred.
All the skin aberrations, such as blackheads (comedones), pustules and pimples are generally removed in the first round of removal. Blackheads are not “dirt collected in pores” as some people are likely to believe. It is rather a pore that gets filled up with too much oil and dead skin cells that the surrounding bacteria love to feed on. The activity of the bacteria and exposure to air darkens it.
Surgical needles are often used to remove pustules and pimples, depending on their size and depth. This involves gentle removal of the upper solidified dried crust which helps in extracting the remaining contents.
Step By Step Extraction Procedure: What to Expect
First, the beauty therapist will deeply cleanse your face to make its absolutely devoid of the superficial oil and dirt layer. Next, a cleansing cream or solution is topically applied to the area of your face concerned. A “de-encrustation” fluid or enzyme may also be applied with steam exposure, to make the skin softer and easier for further extractions.
Once that is done, the beauty therapist may use a bright light source and a magnifying glass to individually focus on “problematic pores”. Until this is done, you might be asked to wear protective eye pads or eyewear to shield your eyes from the harsh light in use. A trained beauty therapist from an advanced beauty centre will always take special care to maintain hygiene throughout all times. She would use facial tissue or cotton wools at the time of applying pressure around your pores. Thus, there would be zero to none chances of any dermal infection thereafter.
After the procedure
Once the extraction procedure is complete, a mild anti-bacterial or anti-septic fluid is uniformly applied all over the face to destroy any last remaining bacteria. Further, this very important step helps in restoring regular skin pH and prevents post-facial breakouts. Many beauty therapist may even go the extra step (and they often do) in applying a post-facial soothing mask to calm the skin.
Leave Your Skin Alone: Trust Your Beauty Therapist
Many people suffering from acute acne breakouts are prone to self-medicate. They try to “pop” visible pimples and pustules on their face by harshly pressing it between their thumb and fore-finger until it bursts. If you do this, enough emphasis can never be laid about how detrimental this procedure can be for your skin. This, considering that your face is the first thing people notice about you and sometimes judge you for. Popping pimples is an unhealthy trend that will most certainly pop your desire for a glowing, clear skin. For when you burst a pimple, you unwittingly spread the bacteria of that pimple onto other areas of your face, thereby increasing the chances of a breakout. Furthermore, your skin develops tiny lesions and scars at the place of the popped pimple due to incomplete clearing of the pore. Therefore, trust your beauty therapist to clear your pimples for you. She would have the exact technical know-how of the procedure with minimal chances of spreading inflammation or infection.
Extractions facials need are some of the most highly skilled beauty therapist and their advanced techniques to ensure highly clear, aberration-free and glowing skin.