Blackhead Removal Tool
Pros And Cons Of A Blackhead Removal Tool
Is a blackhead removal tool right for you? There are a number of different types of blackhead removal tool on the market, some of which carry with them cautionary notes, some which appear quite safe to use, and some which would best be avoided.
The major issue with using a blackhead removal tool is not so much about how effective the tool is, but rather about whether or not further damage will be done. Blackhead removal done by applying pressure to the blackhead, which is how more than one blackhead removal tool works, can sometimes result in pushing the blackhead deeper into a follicle rather than popping it out, leading to a more stubborn blackhead, and also to increasing the chance of infection.
A Note Of Caution - Another thing to consider in using a blackhead removal tool is the possibility of damaging the follicle, which can often be permanent, and a third thing to consider is the risk of permanent scarring. Some of the tools on the market are perfectly fine when in the hands of a dermatologist, who knows best how to use them, but may not be quite so safe in the hands of an amateur, which would be most of us. When we get blackheads, we naturally want to get rid of them, and if we have very many, using a tool without taking some precautions could eventually result in a messed-up face. Just be aware that a given blackhead removal tool, even though freely available to the public, is often intended to be used by a professional, and if used incorrectly are capable of causing damage.
Not All Advice Is Good Advice - You have to take some of the advice about removing blackheads you'll find online or elsewhere with a grain of salt. Some will tell you that squeezing and popping blackheads, whether with a tool or with your fingers, is quite all right. Others, including most dermatologists, who should know something about the subject, will tell you that's the last thing you want to do, as there is just too much risk of scarring and infection. Gentle squeezing may be all right in some instances, but for stubborn blackheads one might be tempted to squeeze too hard, whether with the fingers or with an instrument, and cause permanent skin damage.
Comedones - You'll sometimes see the word comedone associated with a blackhead removing tool, as the tool might be referred to as a comedone extractor. Comedone is simply the medical term for a blackhead. It is a word we seldom hear except perhaps from a dermatologist.
What Is A Blackhead? - Blackheads are often thought of as being dirt trapped in the pores and can be avoided simply by washing often enough. Keeping the skin clean and fresh does help, but blackheads are the result of the oil glands in the skin secreting excess amounts of oil. The purpose of the oil is to keep our skin moisturized and protected, but sometimes the glands work overtime. Just why this is so is not clearly understood, but the thinking is that hormonal changes, especially in younger people, have something to do with it. The excess oil can dry and clog the pores, and in doing so will oxidize and turn a dark brown or black. A blackhead is therefore not an infection, unless one happens to become infected, so antiseptics and antibiotic cremes or ointments really don't do much good. There are topical cremes however which can get at the root of the problem, which lies beneath the surface of the skin.
Many Types Of Tools - One type of blackhead remove tool is a gadget which literally vacuums the blackhead out of the pore, another type is a tool with a spoon shape on the end, and still another uses a stainless steel loop, the latter two function to extract the blackhead though the use of pressure. There is also a blackhead removal tape on the market, and of course all manner of cremes and lotions. Whatever the tool or medication, always read and follow the directions, beware of hype, and proceed as if you were trying to protect your skin, not trying for an instant and permanent cure, which is unlikely.