Acne comes in all shapes and sizes. Treating it right depends on the type.
non-inflamed closed pore
A thin layer of skin covers the pore. Use a needle to gently prick it open before squeezing out the yucky stuff
- Not red
- Covered by skin
NON-INFLAMED OPEN PORE
Whitehead / Blackhead
Press it out! Sanitize a blemish extractor, place the loop around the pore, and gently press.
- White or black dot
- May be slightly raised
- Not red
INFLAMED WITHOUT PUS
No touchy! Wait for it to come to a head (it could be a while), then pop it with an extractor.
- Red and inflamed
- Buried under the skin
- No visible pus or head
INFLAMED WITH PUS
Pustule + Nodule
Pus is where nasty bacteria hides. Pop it all out with a sanitized extractor. (Don’t squeeze, please.)
- Red and swollen
- Visible white pus
- Tender or painful
how to treat
From here to clear
When it comes to Acne, it’s not just about what you use, but how you use it.
THE LIFE & DEATH OF A PIMPLE
Day 3: The Future is Clear
Redness and swelling are starting to improve. Acne will either shrink or develop protruding whiteheads.
Day 4: A Gentle Pop
Got whiteheads or pustules with visible white stuff? Use a blemish extractor to press out pus until the fluid looks clear or the surface of the blemish looks flat. Get it all out—leftover stuff can result in new acne or scarring.
Day 5: Bye, Blackheads
If you see protruding blackheads, you can gently press them out with an extractor or wait for them to fall off. Your call.
Day 7: Papule Control
If after a week, you still have buried papules, seek the help of a dermatologist for extractions. We don’t recommend trying this at home, but if you have to, here’s the safest extraction method. Sanitize a needle, impale the highest point of the pimple, and gently cut the top open. Press on either side of the blemish to extract deep pus. Repeat after 48 hours if still visible.
Every Day: Heal Those Wounds
After extractions, apply Acne Treatment to the area. If you’ve popped inflamed acne, follow with Acne Treatment and Nourishing Cream to speed healing.
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