How to Use a Comedone Extractor for Blackheads and Whiteheads

A comedone extractor can remove stubborn blackheads and whiteheads to leave you with a clear complexion. You can find the tool at most drugstores and department stores. One end of the tool is for blackheads, and the other end is for whiteheads. If you use this tool at home, follow these tips so you don't damage your sensitive facial skin.

Dilate Your Pores

Before you use an extraction tool, dilate your pores. This makes it easier for the tool to loosen the blemish and pop it out. Taking a warm shower is often enough to dilate your pores, or you can use a facial steamer. To make your own facial steamer, boil water on the stove. Remove from heat and lean over the water with your face 8 to 12 inches from the water. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam.


Stay Clean

When you dilate your pores to extract a blemish, bacteria can creep in the pore and cause acne or infection. Wash your hands with soap and hot water before you try to use the tool. Clean the end of the tool with rubbing alcohol to remove germs and bacteria.

Blackheads and Whiteheads

The larger loop on a comedone extractor is used on whiteheads, and the smaller loop is used on blackheads. The loop should fit around the blemish without touching it.


To extract a blemish, place the loop over the blemish. Press down gently with even pressure. If the blemish does not release easily, do not try to force it. Forcing it can damage the skin around the blemish and cause redness.


Put rubbing alcohol on the area after you use the extraction tool, even if the blemish does not extract. This prevents infection and helps the blemish heal.