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How to Extract Blackheads at Home, With Tips From Facialist Renee Rouleau

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

As a beauty writer—especially one with darker skin—I’ve been warned many, many times by dermatologists about the risks associated with squeezing pimples (i.e. you’ll cause trauma to your skin! you’ll scar! you’ll break out even more!). Then I go in for my seasonal facial and the esthetician is pinching clogged pores all over my face. Can you say mixed messages? Whose lead should I follow? Who should I listen to?

Turns out my dermatologists and estheticians are both right. Popping zits is bad and can wreak havoc on your face, but manually extracting blackheads (THE RIGHT WAY) is good. If you’re tempted to poke and prod, don’t! At least not until after you’ve read these tips from celebrity facialist Renee Rouleau.

Shower First

After a shower, your skin temperature is slightly higher. This helps soften hardened oil within the pore for gentler extraction. Rouleau suggests coating the area with a heavy moisturizer after showering to create a temporary seal that traps heat in the skin. Cover the area with a piece of plastic wrap, topped with a hot damp wash cloth, for five minutes.

Cover Up

Before you get to squeezing, wrap tissue around each pointer finger. Position fingers wide around the blemish so that the blackhead is removed from deep below the surface of the skin. Be gentle, and reposition fingers if the extraction doesn’t come out on the first try. 

Soothe Skin

Reduce any bit of redness that might pop up by applying a cooling gel mask like Renee Rouleau Bio Calm Repair Masque, or a clay based one like Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

So, who’s got a date with the magnifying mirror tonight?

Captivated? So are we. Don’t miss the rest of Ayren’s smarty-pants posts on our blog.

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