This Facial for Blackheads Cleared My Skin in 20 Minutes

They showed me each one afterward.

Best Blackhead Facial

Hallie Gould / @gouldhallie

When I hear about an opportunity to get a facial, I take it. As a self-proclaimed skincare fanatic, it's only right. This particular time, I heard about a revamped skincare line, Envy Medical, and a corresponding facial treatment. I headed to the agreed-upon hotel suite for the facial, one that, to be honest, I hadn't done much research about beforehand. I knew it was something like microdermabrasion, which I love, so I was game.

What is Dermalinfusion?

When I showed up, I learned that this particular treatment, called Dermalinfusion, extracts dirt and debris found on the skin's surface and inside pores, and also infuses the skin with condition-specific serums—all in a simultaneous action. During the facial, "superficial skin cells are sloughed off (which helps prevent pore congestion that leads to blackheads), and collagen production is stimulated," says Sona Tolani of Envy Medical. "At this exact and optimal time, professional-grade serums are infused into the skin. It's this precision timing of sloughing and serum infusion that ensures skin is at its peak moment to receive treatment from the targeted serums."

The serums to choose from each have a specific skin concern in mind—brightening, hydrating, and pore-clarifying. However, you can customize your treatment by choosing two of the three based on your unique skin. I chose brightening and pore-clarifying (because I'm particularly prone to annoying, hard-to-treat blackheads). I've done a lot of research on blackheads, mostly because I can't seem to make mine disappear. Mostly, "blackheads are just pores in the skin that are filled with dead skin cells (we call it keratin), oil, and bacteria," explains Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. "The greater the amount of junk that fills the pore, the greater it dilates—enlarging and continuing to fill. The medical word we use is comedo. When the substance in the pore is exposed to air, it oxidizes and turns black—hence the term blackhead."

"Some people have increased oil production or use oil-based products," Nazarian continues, "Some people are not diligent about exfoliating skin and removing the dead keratin skin cells. If you're prone to developing them, it's important to exfoliate the skin to remove the accumulation of dead skin cells." That's where Dermalinfusion comes in.

Benefits of Dermalinfusion

  • Unclogs pores
  • Brightens complexion
  • Evens out skintone
  • Increases skin's smoothness

I laid back and let the aesthetician do her thing. The whole treatment took about 20 minutes and felt like a small, wet suction across my face. Afterward, she showed me every last one of my blackheads floating in the machine's waste tube. Yes, really. It was thrilling, in the same way watching Dr. Pimple Popper's videos is thrilling. Quite honestly, it was hard to look away. She handed me a mirror so I could inspect her work. My blackheads were gone, and in their place was smooth, shiny, clear, and utterly even skin. I was in shock.

The Final Takeaway

But my happiness didn't end there. In the following days, the results became even more noticeable. I was glowing. "Dermalinfusion abrades the top layer of the skin, so skin feels smoother and cleaner immediately following the treatment," notes Envy Medical's Rachel Motanky, LE, RN. "Your skin will also look brighter because the dead cells that sit on the top of your skin are removed. And because [the skin] is being infused with the Pro-Infusion Serum, it's immediately volumized for up to 72 hours post-treatment. Dermalinfusion also provides cumulative, long-lasting results, and is a great solution for many skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and blackheads."

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