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What Are Facial Extractions And What Should You Expect

What Are Facial Extractions? Learn from a licensed esthetician.

What Are Facial Extractions And What Should You Expect

What are facial extractions? A facial extraction is a relatively simple process where your compacted or clogged pores are cleared by either a mechanical or manual process. Essentially, extractions are carried out during a regular facial.

However, if you’ve never had a facial before, you’re going to require more than just one extraction. So, read on as we give you everything you need to know about what are facial extractions.

Extractions are usually done because of comedones, which are commonly referred to as blackheads. The common thought about blackheads is that they contain mostly dirt. However, this is not quite correct.

Your pores become clogged from dead skin cells and sebum that is in excess. If you’ve ever noticed dark spots on the surface of your skin, these usually form as a result of oxidized air. After being oxidized, your skin darkens as it is exposed to air.

Additionally, if you’ve pimples and pustules, they can successfully be extracted. However, this sometimes depends on their depth and present size. If for some reason they cannot be extracted, the top layers are removed. How? A lancet is used in order to allow extraction of the internal contents.

It should also be noted that not all pores can be extracted on your first go. In this case, they require extra care. This means you need a few treatments before they can be properly cleared and cleaned.

What Should You Expect At The L.A. Glow

During your visit, your esthetician, Alicia Suggs, will first cleanse your skin. This involves the use of an enzyme being applied to your skin with steam. This part of the process takes a few minutes. It essentially softens your skin to make your extractions easier to remove. Additionally, as your esthetician, I might use a skin scrubber to ensure that your pores are properly opened.

When an extraction is taking place, it is usually done under a very bright magnifying lamp. Hence, eye pads or protective eyewear will be used to protect you from the light. The light used ensures that all of your pores, which need a deep cleansing can be easily identified.

For this procedure, before touching your delicate skin, I will put on gloves. Afterwards, I will begin to apply a bit of gentle pressure in order to extract the contents of your pores. This is usually done with the use of either fingers or a metal device.

What Should You Expect After An Extraction

After your extraction has been completed, an antibacterial or antiseptic is used in order to ensure that the pH of your skin returns to a natural level. This is done to prevent breakouts, which can occur after having a facial. Additionally, high-frequency currents are used as a means of:

  • Calming your skin
  • Healing blemishes
  • Reducing the appearance of redness

Why Should You Leave Extraction To The Pros

People who have acne usually pop or pick at their face. However, if you’re ever going to achieve clear skin, you can’t touch or pick at your face. So, leave the extractions to the pros because you can easily damage your pores and create a bacteria outbreak.

If you didn’t already know, picking and popping tend to create the perfect environment for your condition to get worse. Bacteria are easily pushed into your pores and they will become clogged. As a result, you might experience a pretty bad breakout.

As we conclude, we have just looked at everything you need to know about what are facial extractions. We’ve also reviewed details about what to expect during and after an extraction.

So, fight the good fight and leave the extractions to the pro!

Alicia Suggs, founder of The L.A. Glow, is a licensed esthetician in California. I'm all about beautiful, healthy skin. Whether you come into my comfortable facial studio or buy my products online, I'm focused on helping everyone get the results they desire.

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