Extractions!

Ewwwwwwe. The gunk that comes out of my pores is incredibly gross!

I have been getting extractions every 2 weeks for a couple of months now. My city has a cosmetology school where students work for dirt cheap! 5 bux for 20 minutes of extractions.

My skin is looking great. My pores are nearly half the size that they were before the extractions.

Must try, ladies!
What exactly does an extraction entail...?
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They take a gadget that looks like a water pic, IMO, and basically press it hard against your skin...and the gunk in your pores comes out.

It does hurt a little bit.

They take some gauze and wipe it all off my skin as they are doing it, and then show me the gauze afterwards. Hard puss and blackheads all over the place!
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How do you look the next day? Is there scarring and redness, or subsequent little breakouts? Has it broken any little capillaries in your face?
How do you look the next day? Or even later that day? And where can i find some place that does this? ~~jax
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How do you look the next day? Is there scarring and redness, or subsequent little breakouts? Has it broken any little capillaries in your face?
Originally Posted by slinky1
My friend gets a facial with extractions every month. Each time, she breaks out a week later. It only lasts a week, and it's probably not that bad...but she has extremely pale skin, and the blemishes really stand out. She insists that the breakouts are just a result of the gunk being drawn to the surface, and are proof that the extractions are working. I'm of the opinion that she's just irritating her face (her skin is very sensitive). But anyway, that's just her. I'm sure that extractions are beneficial for a lot of people.
My friend gets a facial with extractions every month. Each time, she breaks out a week later. It only lasts a week, and it's probably not that bad...but she has extremely pale skin, and the blemishes really stand out. She insists that the breakouts are just a result of the gunk being drawn to the surface, and are proof that the extractions are working. I'm of the opinion that she's just irritating her face (her skin is very sensitive). But anyway, that's just her. I'm sure that extractions are beneficial for a lot of people.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Wait... isn't the point of an extraction to REMOVE the gunk? So... shouldn't there not be any left to "draw to the surface?"

I only really break out once a month, so if that's the case then this would actually make things worse for me.
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Renpure Moisturizing Shampoo, Body Shop Banana Conditioner, Ouidad Tress Effects GelMy fashion blog:
http://a-la-mode-2010.blogspot.com/
My friend gets a facial with extractions every month. Each time, she breaks out a week later. It only lasts a week, and it's probably not that bad...but she has extremely pale skin, and the blemishes really stand out. She insists that the breakouts are just a result of the gunk being drawn to the surface, and are proof that the extractions are working. I'm of the opinion that she's just irritating her face (her skin is very sensitive). But anyway, that's just her. I'm sure that extractions are beneficial for a lot of people.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Wait... isn't the point of an extraction to REMOVE the gunk? So... shouldn't there not be any left to "draw to the surface?"

I only really break out once a month, so if that's the case then this would actually make things worse for me.
Originally Posted by sassette726
Yeah, I think she's probably just irritating her skin. But again, that's just her and her extremely sensitive skin.
Extractions, even those done by "experts" are always damaging to skin. It's much better to use a chemical pore cleanser/exfoliator, like a quality salicylic acid or vitamin C serum. Mandelic acid is excellent for pore cleaning. It's an AHA that encourages exfoliation within the pore.
I agree. I don't think I'd have that done. My husband went to a day spa (I bought him a gift certificate) and the esthetician there tried to extract a blackhead on his back. It's now so much worse than it ever was. It's bigger and looks whitish around it, and this is over a year later! He's hispanic, so the whitish circle with the black in the middle really stands out. He won't even go back there anymore.
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They've done extractions on me any time I've had a facial done. I love them. I don't know why, it does kinda hurt a little, but not really a bad hurt.

They pretty much only do it on the areas where your pores get blocked, like your nose, chin, and forehead.

I frequently sit around and do it myself in the mirror. Although they totally advise to "leave it to the professionals" I'm thinking about getting an extractor myself.
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I want to get one of those extractors from Aubrey Nicole, but they are out of stock right now! ~~jax
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