Here's Why You Should Never Use an Extraction Tool at Home

We've decided that it's human nature to want to pick, poke, and prod a breakout. Especially when it looks like it's time to be popped, we're armed and ready to squeeze it for all it's worth until it (hopefully) no longer exists. What we're often left with, however, are pockmarks and scars—permanent badges of shame letting everyone know we can't keep our hands off our face. But when extraction tools came on the scene, it seemed like the market was trying to tell us that picking at a pimple would be okay—so long as we did it with the metal double-edged tool. Ever the beauty skeptics, we decided to turn to some experts to get their take on the tool.

Keep scrolling to read their thoughts!

"The use of an extraction tool by a trained, licensed professional is generally safe, however, the ability for anyone to purchase an extraction tool has increased in recent years. Consumers can purchase extraction tools of all kinds at many mass retailers, but that does not mean at-home use of them is recommended," says Heather Wilson, director of brand development and esthetician for InstaNatural. She explains that using an extraction tool improperly can cause damage to the skin like scarring, bruising, and capillary damage (yikes!). It can also drive bacteria deeper into the skin, causing the breakout to become even worse. 

Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, dermatologist and founder of Epionce Skin Care, also believes that extractions should be left to the pros and shared with us three reasons why damage typically occurs from doing it yourself: "Misuse of the device itself, using a device with a poorly designed structure, and deep rupturing of the lesion, which induces a severe inflammatory response." Even if you think you can easily remove a whitehead's contents, the slightest misplacement can cause serious issues. "A major difficulty is proper alignment of the device to the skin contour and shape. Therefore, I believe this procedure has best results when performed in your dermatologist, cosmetic physician, esthetician, or skin care professional’s offices," says Thornfeldt.

So instead of reaching for an extraction tool and taking matters into your own hands, Wilson suggests doing the following four things: 

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