Steaming opens the skin pores and gives a relaxing effect.
How to: Pour some water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, remove the pot to a safe, stable location. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the pot. Ensure that the steam is warm, not hot, to avoid burning your skin.
If you want to jazz up this step, you can add essential oils, rose petals, thyme, rosemary, or other herbs.
Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Caution: If you suffer from sensitive skin or rosacea, we don't recommend steaming.
4. Extractions (should only be done by a trained professional)
Please note, because this is a professional service, we only include this portion for information on the process. Blackhead extracting can cause tearing or scarring of the skin if incorrectly done. The process should only be done by a trained professional.
Note: Extractions should only be done on blackheads. The T-zone is where they occur. Blackheads are oxidized sebum (oil) that appear as black dots. Pimples (whiteheads) are closed comedones. You should never squeeze them as this can result in scarring.
How a professional extraction is done: Extractions should only take place after steaming the skin. This is because steam opens the follicles and softens the oxidized oil inside.
A tissue is wrapped around each index finger. The professional places one finger on each side of the blackhead, squeezing down gently. The blackheads typically come out quickly. If they don't, they're left alone to avoid further irritating the skin.