If you found this post interesting, then chances are you'll be all over what I have to tell you about today. It may look kind of unassuming, if not somewhat surgical, but this Tweezerman Skin Care Tool (€10) is designed to help you quietly and cleanly extract whiteheads and blackheads in the comfort of your own bathroom.
I am not a spot-squeezer at all, I must confess. I shudder at the thought. But sometimes they just can't be ignored and this tool is a good way of dealing with them. The thinner, angled loop can be used to gently roll out whiteheads, while the flat side is designed to press out blackheads.
When I need to use it, I make sure to do so after I've cleansed my face - just after a nice steamy shower is a good option. I hold a warm compress (a folded muslin cloth works well) over the area for a few minutes first and then go to work.
The technique is pretty simple - place the loop over the spot, press down and then gently slide the loop across the spot until it pops out (ugh, I shuddered even typing that, though I know that's the moment of ultimate satisfaction for many).
If it doesn't work on the first go, try again from a different angle, but I usually give up if it doesn't come out after 2 or 3 attempts. The thing with this tool is that I find it only works well when the spot is really ready to come out and trying to force it too early can result in an even worse eruption than it otherwise would have been.
But this is all when it comes to whiteheads. I must admit I've never really managed to use it on blackheads, unless they were very obviously ready to come out.
There are a couple of points to keep in mind when using this yoke: make sure to keep it clean - sterilise before use and after and don't press too hard or you risk bruising the skin. If you find it isn't working on a spot after one or two attempts, give it a rest and try again the next day.
Have you already used this and how do you rate it if so? And if not, would you be tempted? Let us know in a comment!