Instead of prodding and poking at your pimples with your fingers, which can often cause scarring or transfer bacteria to the skin (from traces of dirt and oil on your hands), try using a specially designed pimple extractor tool.
This is a simple tool, but can be highly effective as a pimple treatment if used correctly. It removes dirt from deep within the pore, clearing the existing blemish and helping to prevent future outbreaks.
A pimple extraction tool is available from pharmacies and many other stores. As well as the tool itself, you will need some rubbing alcohol. Take the time to prepare your skin before using the tool. The best time to use it is immediately after a hot shower or a facial steam (hold your head over a bowl of boiling water, with a towel over it to collect the steam) because your pores will be open and your skin as clean as it can be. Alternatively, soak a washcloth in hot water for a couple of minutes, then place it over your skin for a few minutes. For more information on pimple extraction, take a look at the Wikihealth website.
You will see that the tool has one looped end. This end should be placed flat on the surface of the skin, with the opening encircling the spot. Using the tips of clean fingers, apply pressure in one slow, even movement.
This should force the oil trapped inside the follicle out. If it does not seem to be working, take a break from it. The contents of the blemish may not be ready to come out, and forcing it can lead to scarring and even infection.
The other end of the tool has a lancet end, which can be used to extract whiteheads. This should be sterilized with the rubbing alcohol before you start the process. Again, make sure the whiteheads are ready to pop, and don’t try piercing deep, cystic blemishes.
Using A Pimple Extraction Tool
Pierce the whitehead with the lancet, then place the other, looped end of the tool over the center of the pimple and carefully press down, while rolling it backward and forward. This should release the sebum and get rid of the whitehead.
After you have finished using the tool, rinse your entire face clean with warm water and pat it dry with a clean, soft towel. Clean your tool with some of the rubbing alcohol so that it is ready for the next time you need to use it.
Hopefully the process will work well for you, and the pimple extractor tool will be your new best friend!