Using a comedone extractor can seem a bit intimidating at first. But with a little practice, you’ll see how easy it is. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to use your extractor.
1. Use a warm or hot washcloth to open your pores.
When using a comedone extractor, the first thing you need to do is open the clogged pores you will be extracting. The easiest way to do this is to apply heat or steam to your face. We recommend taking a hot shower first, or laying a warm or hot washcloth on your face for several minutes. This allows for easier cleaning and oil removal.
2. Sterilize your extractor.
Before each use and in-between every extraction, you will need to thoroughly clean your comedone extractor to kill any bacteria still residing on the tool. This helps prevent reinfection. If you use a dirty extractor, you can re-infect the area. Simply use a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol and rub both ends of your extractor for about 30 seconds to a minute.
3. Place the extractor over your blackhead or comedone.
After the extractor is sterilized, simply place one end over the blackhead or blemish you are trying to treat. Our Comedone Extractor has two ends. Use the end that is closest in size to the blemish you are going to treat. You will not get enough pressure otherwise.
4. Press the extractor in close to your skin and apply pressure in a downward motion.
Use firm pressure in a downward motion to help to release the infected contents of your blackhead or comedone. After you have released the contents of the clogged pore or infection, make sure that you wash the area thoroughly to ensure that the infected material is completely removed.
Note: Sometimes there may be a little blood right at the beginning of the extraction process. Other times, there is only blood when you get rid of what is blocking the pore. This is normal and to be expected when using a comedone extractor.
5. Allow the comedone to heal.
After you have removed the contents of the blackhead or comedone, and washed the area carefully with a gently soap – do not continue to pick at or touch the area. This will give your pore time to heal.