The skin on your face consists of thousands of tiny pores that feature a hair follicle and a gland that produces sebum–an oily substance that works to keep your skin soft and moisturized. However, hormones can stimulate the gland to produce excess sebum, resulting in clogged pores. Dead skin cells and bacteria also can clog the pores. This can cause pimples, blackheads or whiteheads to form. Because these blemishes can take time to clear on their own, you may wish to extract the materials from the blemish. Special care must be taken when extracting because acne scarring can result when the skin’s layers are damaged.
Wash your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Wash your hands as well. This allows you to begin with a clean surface so oils, makeup or dead skin cells cannot enter the pores once they are unclogged.
Wet two washcloths and place them in your microwave to warm them. This may take anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute, depending upon your desired heat level.