Blackheads are a problem that many people suffer from. This can often cause people to lose self confidence in the workplace as well as in their social lives. Blackheads arise from excess oil and dirt collecting in and around the pores. As the oil is oxidised, it hardens and produces a solid mass. This is what we all a blackhead.
Along with facial treatments which act to break down the oils and remove dirt from the face, there are a number of blackhead extractors on the market. These extractors are often in the form of a metallic tool which acts to physically remove the blackhead from the pore in one piece. It has been said that blackheads must not be squeezed as this could cause problems for the skin at a later date, so it is important to choose the correct extractor in order to avoid further damage. Below are examples of the different types of blackhead extractors available today:
Blackhead Extractor with Lancet
This is arguably the most commonly used blackhead extractor tool on the market. The tool is somewhere between the size of a cotton but and a pen. It is tapered at one end into a sharp point called the lancet. The opposite end is rounded with a small hole in the middle. Both ends are used in the blackhead extraction process.
First, the lancet is used to make a hole in the skin which will make it easier to extract the offending mass. Next, the end with the hole is placed directly over the spot, making sure that the head of the blackhead is in the centre of the hole, and a slight pressure is applied. The pressure exerted on the tool will push the skin down around the blackhead so that the dirt and oil escape through the hole made earlier with the lancet.
This tool is widely used by health care professionals and people at home. It can be quite tricky to use at first and because of the nature of the tool, making holes in the skin, it is not normally recommended for people who have never used this type of apparatus before.
Double Spoon Extractor
This is very similar to the lancet tool in relation to size. Also it is double ended but that is where the similarities end really. The double spoon has a hoop at either end. The first hoop is standard size whilst the other hoop ranges in size, enabling larger (or smaller) spots and blemishes to be dealt with. There is also a single spoon version which as its name suggests, only has one end.
The double, or single, spoon is used in a very similar way to the lancet, but with the distinct difference of not having to puncture a hole in the skin before use. Some believe that this is better for the skin overall as there is less trauma to the skin.
This tool is preferable for people who have never used a blackheads extractor tool before. There are different variations to the principle of course; some double spoon extractors have a rounded end and a flat end. These claim that the rounded end is easier to roll over whiteheads whilst the flat end is better to keep the pressure on for the stubborn blackheads.
Nose strips are easy, quick and a lot less technical to use than the two previous tools. After complete cleansing of the nose, a nose strip is applied to a slightly wet nose and pressed on to make sure it sticks. After around 10 minutes, the nose strip is torn off quickly in a short sharp motion and the blackheads are either on the nose strip itself or on top of the surface of the skin to be easily removed.
Nose strips are very popular with people who have an important function and want to look their best. For reasons such as this, nose strips are often the most desirable treatment as they produce instantaneous results but do not cause the redness that some of the other tools do. Though for on-going treatment, it is probably more cost effective to purchase one of the other tools as they are re-usable where the nose strips are disposable.
Vacuum Blackhead Remover
The vacuum blackhead remover is designed to use suction to remove any build-up of oil and dead skin particles in the pores. Whilst there are various models available, the design is basically the same for all.
There is a syringe like plunger on a container that acts as the vacuum. There are several different tips to attach to the end of the vacuum with different sized holes to accommodate different sized blackheads or spots. The tip is placed over the blackhead and the plunger is pushed down. This exerts pressure around the blackhead thrusting its head outwards from the skin. The head has nowhere to go but into the tip of the vacuum where it is clamped. Then when the pressure is released, the vacuum sucks the blackhead out of the skin; root and all, in one go.
Many are of the opinion that the vacuum is the least harmful way to remover blackheads out of all the available tools. Again, there are different models and brands with slightly different variations. One model is renowned for its ability to assert 1 pound of pressure, supposedly enabling it to free the root of a blackhead no matter how deep it is.
In general, blackhead tools may be a good way to be sure of removing blackheads for a certain deadline. However it should be said that great care needs to be taken with tools as the majority of them rely on pressure and it is very easy to rupture capillary glands or cause some other damage whilst doing so. For the most part, the tools will work best in conjunction with a good cleansing regime.