What is comedo extraction?
Comedo extraction refers to the procedure performed in order to remove whiteheads and blackheads that have occurred as a result of clogged pores and blocked hair follicles.
Comedones occur most commonly on the forehead and chin and develop in cases where there is an increase in sebum production in the skin. When debris blocks both the sebaceous duct and hair follicle, whiteheads, blackheads, micro comedones, macrocomedones and giant comedones can develop.
How does it work?
During an extraction, your dermatologist will apply steam to your skin, which will open up your pores. In some cases, the skin may be exfoliated first. The blocked pores can then be thoroughly cleaned out and any comedones can be removed with the use of sterile instruments, known as a comedone extractor. The extractor works by placing pressure on any fluid or solid material that is inside the blackhead. The contents of the blackhead can then be pulled out with the use of the extractor.
Why is it performed?
Comedo extraction is usually recommended for the removal of blackheads and whiteheads, which occur when the hair follicles under the skin are blocked. The extraction process is helpful in properly cleaning out the pores of debris and other accumulated contents.
The comedo extraction treatment is often recommended in cases where other treatments, such as the use of prescription medications, have not been successful. The procedure is also used to treat acne that has become inflamed, or to remove comedones that develop very close to inflamed acne.