An extraction is the process of clearing a clogged or compacted pore by manual or mechanical means.  Extractions are often performed as part of a facial.  Most people need at least a couple of extractions during each facial treatment, though you may require more extractions if its your first.

Comedones (blackheads) are the most common reason for extraction.  A blackhead is not necessarily "dirt in the pores" as many people think.  It is a pore that has become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells.  The dark spot which is visible on the surface of the skin is oil which has oxidised and darkened on exposure to the air.

Pustules and pimples can also be extracted, depending on their size and depth. This often requires the use of a lancet to gently lift and remove the very top layer of the pustule to allow the contents to be easily extracted.

Some pores may not be ready to be extracted on the first attempt and may require several treatments before they can be cleared.

Why you should leave extractions to your Dermal Therapist
Many clients with acne are tempted to pick or pop.  To achieve healthy, clear skin, it is important to keep your hands away from your face and let your professional dermal therapist do these extractions.  Home extractions can damage your pores and spread bacteria, making the skin worse instead of better, you can break the pore wall inside the skin, pushing bacteria out into the surrounding tissue and spreading the breakout.  Your dermal therapist knows how to clear the clogged pores without spreading infection and inflammation.

Note: This treatment is available as an add-on service, please request or discuss your concerns with your dermal therapist.