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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.

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