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Aug 21 2009

Little hard white things deep into my skin

QUESTION:  I need something for my “pearls”. I do not know the correct name- they are deep into my skin- little hard white things- they are not pimples or black heads, but just as ugly- I have a few of them now- I used to get facials routinely and she would remove them. What do you recommend?

Milia

Milia

ANSWER:
The “pearls”, as you have referred to them, are actually called milia.  (Go to  this link) under Kits & Tools at the top of the home page, you will find two extractor kits.  I personally prefer the #2 Kit as it contains the double loop extractor.  I find this easier to use and is one of our best sellers.  Because the milia are actually “closed” over, you need the lancets, which are of very fine grade and do not damage the skin when used properly, to “lance” or “open” the pocket.  Once you have done this, you will use the extractor to release the milia.  And of course you always want to help prevent risk of infection by following up with the antiseptic towelettes.  I find these to be very useful, and because they are individually wrapped, I toss a few in my handbag for on-the-go help.  
 
This is generally something that is done by a facial specialist, as you say, but with some patience and practice, is quite achievable on your own.  Hope you find this information helpful.  Glad you stopped by the site.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance or questions.  Have a great day!

It is highly advised that you should also consult your dermatologist for proper use of these quality tools. However, here we can give you simple technique to use comedone extractor. Pesky blackhead is a mixture of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria that builds up inside our skin’s pores. Use the same tools as professional aesthetician or dermatologist use to extract blackheads, pimples & clogged pores. They can be exterminated by using a quality professional comedone extractor.

First, lay a warm, wet wash cloth on your face for a few minutes. After a shower is an ideal time to extract. Steaming the face or using a hot water compress is strongly recommended to help soften comedones. This will make them much easier to remove. When you’re ready to begin the extraction process lay the looped side on top of the blackhead – basically encircling this area with the loop. Apply slow and even pressure lightly until the trapped sebum is forced out of the follicle. The blackhead — oil and all — will ooze up and out of the pore. Do not continue to attempt the extraction if the trapped sebum is not released easily. Applying too much force can cause infection and scarring. When piercing a whitehead with lancet (Pointed end), wait until the whitehead breaks open, then gently roll the tool over the whitehead. Be sure to disinfect the area when finished and clean your tool off with alcohol or hot water. A deep, cystic pimple should not be opened with the lancet. When dealing with deep acne, it’s best to visit a dermatologist. A doctor may use a sterile needle, but only after a pustule has formed. Additional treatments depend on the severity of the acne.

Remember Never use fingers or suction guns for removing blackheads, that may aggravate skin infections.

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