If it’s one thing us ladies learn as we grow older, it’s that we need to take care of our skin. Finding an esthetician you love and trust is one of the best things you can do for your skin. They have the power to make or break it, literally. But a great esthetician can help you clear up your skin woes and worries. Especially blackheads!
There is, however, a great debate on whether or not extractions are good for your skin. Let’s look at the pros and cons of this facial treatment.
If your pores are clogged and your nose has blackheads, are you ever going to feel like your skin is really clean? Are you going to feel like your skin is truly radiant and glowing when you know you could remove the wax plugs from your pores? Probably not.
Estheticians and facialists both agree that extractions aren’t something a person should do on themselves. There’s just too big a likelihood you’ll injure your skin further by trying. While there are tools that can help with a home extraction, most facialists would agree it’s important to have this treatment done professionally. An expert or a professional will know what to look for, what to extract, and how to apply the right pressure. Besides, why give yourself other skin trouble when an expert could wipe away your worries?
You might be thinking, “won’t it look terrible right afterwards?” We don’t blame you for that worry! But there’s no reason for worry, especially because professionals prep your skin luxuriously. No one will be any the wiser that you’ve had a pore extraction when you leave!
The other side of the extraction argument is that it’s too invasive for skin. It can leave your skin looking worse for the wear than when you came in for the procedure. Many natural-based or holistic spas are against pore extractions for this reason. Brands like Clarins, who believe in “respecting the skin”, don’t think that pore pressure is a good way to release the dirt trapped inside the pores.
Pulling, pressing, and extracting gunk from your pores weakens them, and it also weakens the skin fibers like collagen and elastin. While your skin might look great post-extraction, it could suffer in the long run.
Instead, holistic spas or natural treatments encourage using warm compresses to soften the pores combined with a lymphatic drainage massage. This massage promotes all kinds of goodness for your skin while helping to drain toxins and impurities. Plant-based facial oils are sometimes used in conjunction with the drainage massage, helping to facilitate movement of the oil instead of letting it get trapped in your pores. Plant-based masks are another great way to encourage toxins to leave your skin; think clay!
Where do you weigh in on this argument? Have you tried a pore-extraction? We’d love to hear your experience.