I have had a lot of phone calls lately asking for a facial with extractions. It seems to be a really missing element out there with so many therapists not doing them.

Extractions are the part of the facial where your beauty therapist removes blackheads, whiteheads, milia and pimples. Extractions take place after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated and steamed, which helps soften uthe pore where the blackheads are.

Different types of congestion:

Blackheads- harden oil in the pore. Being exposed to oxygen turns it black.
Whiteheads- the same as blackheads except there is a thin layer of skin on top. As it is not exposed to oxygen it stays white.
Milia- Hardened lumps under the surface. look like little balls can be pearly in appearance. Normally found around eyes.
Pimples- have a head on them and infection/bacteria inside pore.
Sebacteous acne- like a pimple but with no head. The infection is beside the pore therefore can not be extracted, but we can help kill the bacteria still.

I do extractions in most of my facials if you need/want them. I will offer them if I think you need them or can do on request.

I have a facial which concentrates solely on extractions, or I also offer it in my other facials if you just have a few you want to get out but also have other concerns such as hydration or ageing you wish to address as well. (They range from $95-$120 in price)

If you have acne or a lot of congestion (little bumps) under the skin I recommend a AHA/BHA peel. The peel will give you a fantastic exfoliation and really loosen up all the dead skin on the top layers allowing the blackheads to come out more easily.

A lot of people ask if I do microdermabrasion- I don’t. I have used it in the past but believe that peels work much better. Micro will take off the top layer of your skin, but not penetrate into the pores to clean deeper/remove oil/work deeper. Peels being a gel penetrate through the top layers breaking down the bonds that hold the top layers together giving you a more through result. BHA’s (salyclic) are oil loving so if you have oil they will go searching for it and eat it all up hence reducing future breakouts.

AHA peels have no downtime. BHA peels can sometimes involve some peeling. But as I said before extractions can be done very successfully in a normal facial as well. You just get added benefits with a peel.

And last but not least is High Frequency. This is a glass electrode that buzzers. It uses ozone to kill bacteria in the skin, speed up the healing process and is fantastic for reducing post extraction breakouts. A must after an extraction facial.

I will do a few more posts on this as it seems to be a concern to a lot of people so stay tuned.