A pore extraction is the process of clearing a clogged or compacted pore by manual or mechanical means. Extractions are often performed as part of a facial. Blackheads are the most common reason for extraction. They are pores that have become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. Pustules and pimples (known as Milia) can also be extracted, depending on their size and depth. This often requires the use of a lancet to gently lift and remove the very top layer of the pustule to allow the contents to be easily extracted. Some pores may not be ready to be extracted on the first attempt and may require several treatments before they can be cleared.
What to expect
First, is the cleansing of your skin to soften the skin and prepare it for easier extractions. Extractions are performed under a magnifying lamp with a bright light, so that the pores that need to be deep-cleansed can easily be seen. Eye pads or protective eyewear will be placed on your eyes to protect them from the bright light. Gentle pressure around the pore is applied to extract the contents. This may be done using the fingers (wrapped in gauze or cotton) or a special metal implement designed for this purpose.
After the extractions
Following extractions, an antiseptic/antibacterial product is generally applied to bring the skin back to its normal acid pH, and to aid in preventing post-facial breakouts. High frequency current may also be applied to the extraction area to kill bacteria and calm the skin.A soothing mask may also be applied to help calm the skin and reduce redness.