Pimples or acne start off when small red bumps appear on the face, but they are seen elsewhere on the body as well. These small red bumps after a few days turn to either whiteheads or blackheads (it has been seen that in most cases it is blackheads). Sometimes whiteheads get hidden by the skin color, particularly for the fairer skin people, and so they can be camouflaged. But that is sadly not the case with blackheads – they stick out like a sore, and may ruin an otherwise extremely pretty face. This is why blackheads are so frustrating. The lesions often tempt people to pick them and the results of this can become devastating as they may lead to scarring. Blackhead extractors are thus a godsend for all such people, who desperately want to get rid of their pimples and avoid the scarring as well.
What Is A Blackhead Extractor
As the name suggests, a blackhead extractor helps the person extract or pull out the blackhead from the skin surface. But take care – while extracting, utmost care should be taken because the lesion may erupt leading to bleeding and pus coming out of it. The act may also push the infection deeper down into the skin and when that happens the tissues may also get affected. Before extracting the blackhead, it is a good idea to boil some water and moisten the affected portion of the skin. This will also sanitize the area.
Here are the various types of blackhead extractors…
Tissue Extractor: This is the simplest process where just a tissue is used and nothing else. Wrap the blackhead with a tissue using the fingertips and slowly pull the blackhead out. However if the blackhead does not come out, then do not apply more pressure. Leave it at that, otherwise it can crack leading to scarring.
Comedone Extractor: Here a tool made with stainless steel is used to remove the blackheads and the blockages on the skin surface that created the acne. Beauty clinics use this methodology often. The tool has a hole in the center and the ending looks like a scoop. Slight pressure is applied and the blackhead plug comes out by the hole. And that too the skin in the surrounding area is not damaged. The scoop at the head of the extractor is used to remove any element that had clogged up the pores.
Lancet Comedone Extractor: They come with two ends. At one end there is the lancet (the size of which differs greatly) that creates a hole in the blackhead. And from the other end of the tool, all the dirty elements from within the blackhead are pressed out. Most people and professionals as well use this blackhead extractor.
Double Spoon Comedone Extractor: These extractors are used when the blackheads are really big. The spoon at the tip has up to 19 holes and while there are big ones present, but there are smaller holes as well that let the small sized acne be extracted also. It is not applicable for whiteheads. These extractors are great for all those who want to extract the pimples themselves because they do not damage the skin or cause any scar on the surface.