When a juicy zit or deep-seated blackhead rears its ugly head, you already know that you're going to get rid of it by any and all means necessary. Not so fast. If you're going to dig in without prepping your skin, you could be setting yourself up for bigger, longer-lasting issues (a.k.a. nasty scars).
Since that's probably not the look you're going for (clear skin is #goals), Sources asked celeb aesthetician Renee Rouleau for her number one tip for at-home extractions.
Solution: In order to effortlessly get debris out of your pores you have to moisten your skin. That means cleaning it and steaming it. "For best results, remove blackheads immediately after a shower...this softens the hardened oil within the pore making for easier extractions," she said. Or if you have an at-home facial steamer, that works too. But the emphasis is on the immediate action. "Skin and the debris in the pore only stays soft as long as the skin is moist," elaborated Renee on her blog.
Calm skin with an alcohol-free toner, like Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner, finish up with a cooling gel mask, like Renee's Bio Calm Repair Masque, and never worry about extraction scars again!