So, as you all know ( or if you don’t, now you do! ) I am attending night classes at a local cosmetology school getting my estheticians license. It’s my dream/goal to own my own spa one day, and to also get some sort of medical license as well so I will also be able to offer injectables, like Botox. Anyways! I started school about two months ago so I’m definitely still a newbie but let me tell ya’ll I am OBSESSED with every single new thing that we learn. Like even the really boring stuff like every single layer and cell of the skin, which actually wasn’t boring once I learned it, is just all so exciting to me. It’s crazy how once you start doing what you are really passionate about how everything is just awesome! Ya know?
When I started school I thought it would be really fun to incorporate what I’m learning into my blog somehow and to be able to share some of the really useful things with ya’ll. So we have SKINCARE TIP OF THE WEEK. I’ll post these every week and hopefully ya’ll love them!
This week I wanted to talk about extractions aka popping EVERYTHING on your face/body. I don’t know about ya’ll but I am and always have been obsessed with popping everything I possibly can on myself and on pretty much anyone else who let me LOL. It’s honestly never grossed me out. Also, don’t even get me started on Dr. Pimple Popper videos. The woman is my hero, ok. When I started school one of the things I was most excited for was learning how to CORRECTLY extract pimples.
There is a lot more to it than I thought. First of all, let me just tell you guys, I KNOW how hard it is not to pop a pimple when you finally see that little white head come out to say hi, but you should really really really try to hold off and go see a professional. Even if you’re using professional tools, you can severely damage the skin cells around the blemish and even cause scarring.
But since I know we don’t live in a perfect world, and I definitely haven’t been one to wait for the professionals ( until now ) I know ya’ll are still going to get your pop on SO here is what you need to know.
Step 1: You need to open up those pores! Take a warm shower with lots of steam, or you can soak a washcloth in hot water and press that onto your face for a couple minutes. It’s super relaxing and will feel like an at home spa treatment.
Step 2: Spray your skin with a rose water or a toner. Extractions won’t be easy if the skin is dry and/or tight.
Step 3: If you are going to be using your fingernails, DON’T. Just please, please, do not. Fingernails are one of the dirtiest areas on your entire body and piercing your skin with all that bacteria into an already infected area is just a recipe for disaster. Your two options are: Q tips or extraction tools.
Step 4: Since you are at home, not with a professional, I highly, highly recommend using Q tips. If you are not properly trained in the use of extraction tools, you could also cause scarring without even realizing it. All you do with the Q Tips is press in a downward, then an inward motion on either side of the blemish. You don’t have to do it hard! Since you’ve steamed your face and opened up those pores, if the bacteria is ready to come out, it will come out pretty easily. Wipe away anything that comes out with a piece of toilet paper or a tissue. Never use your fingers!
Step 5: Once you’ve popped your blemish it’s very important to disinfect the area. My personal favorite is to use pure Tea Tree Oil on a clean Q tip and dab it on the blemish and the skin surrounding it. Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial and will help keep any bacteria extracted from the blemish from spreading to any pores in the same area.
Step 6: Try your very hardest not to pick at it once it begins healing! The skin is an amazing organ and you need to try to let it do it’s job. It will heal itself back to it’s gorgeous normal self in no time, don’t you worry!
There we have it folks. How to properly extract a pimple. I hope I’m not the only one completely obsessed with this LOL.
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