For years my mother always told me to leave my face alone and not pick at it. She often told me that doing so would leave a scar my face. Of course she would always wait to tell me this right in the middle of my extraction process. Naturally, mothers are always right in the end, but in this case it was not because I was performing extractions, but because of my process.
I have severely oily skin, which clogs those big pores on my nose and frequently causes blackheads; a challenge for a lot of people. In order to clean those pores, extractions must be performed but there is a healthy way to do so.
Here is my process:
First cleanse your skin with your regular cleanser. I recommend doing this while you are actually taking a shower so your skin can be exposed to as much steam as possible.
This is a VERY important step in the extraction process and one I used to forgo. Refinement is an exfoliating process and it should aid by helping to open pores up and hopefully, pull out impurities. A great product I use and highly recommend is AVEDA Deep Cleaning Herbal Clay Masque. It is best to apply this product to your nose after the cleansing step while you are still in the shower. Once done, go ahead and finish your shower.
After stepping out of the shower, take some warm water and rinse off the AVEDA Clay Masque. Then begin performing your extractions with your index fingers. Be sure NOT to be on top of the black head, but instead make sure that your fingers are around it. Gently apply pressure until you push the excess oil out. It should come out fairly easy. If it difficult and you start seeing pierced skin or trauma it is not ready and you should stop to prevent any further damage to your skin.
4) POST-EXTRACTION WIPE:
Now we must wipe or cleanse the nose with an antibacterial wipe. I use the AVEDA Outer Peace Acne Relief Pad because it is already ready to go. It even has tea tree oil in it, which acts as an antimicrobial.
I then take a quick peek in the mirror to make sure I didn’t miss anything, followed by my usual 2-hour routine that I can’t help continue before I am ready to walk out the front door.