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#1 lisabees

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:19 AM

Okay - I'm researching blackheads online and I'm getting different opinions. One is - never squeeze or you'll enlarge and damage the pore forever. The other is squeeze to relieve pressure. Both say to be careful, of course, because of scarring and bacteria.

This is Paula Begoun (sp?) says, "Fortunately, gently removing a blackhead or blemish with light-handed squeezing can actually help the skin. Removing the stuff inside a blackhead or especially a pimple relieves the pressure and reduces further damage. Yes, squeezing can be detrimental to the skin, but how you squeeze determines whether you inflict harm."

What is the truth?

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 09:31 AM

You'll get different opinions on this no doubt.

I notice when I let sebum plugs turn into blackheads (on nose) that the pores shrunk but the blackeheads became hard and almost impossible to remove.

When I squeezed sebum plugs on my nose they just came back in a week or less. the only preventative is accutane which stops the sebum.

squezzing sebum plugs/blackheads on my cheeks didnt enlarge pores.

popping on the other hand has left some scarred pores. I wish I never popped or was patient enough to wait for the pimple to come to a head then prick it with a clean needle. i do this now and cover it with neosporin and a bandaid and it usually leaves not scar or redmark.
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Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:47 PM

just make sure you extract it when its ready and not force it out.. those comedone extractors works better than fingers in my opinion.. i still think its pointless to extract them unless your using something for a preventative... or your just going to be constantly extracting them.

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 08:48 AM

yeah i really need an extractor and a bottle of alcohol. its so much more sanitary.
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 07:22 PM

believe it or not if you leave them there they will just get bigger and bigger making your pore bigger. if you can GENTLY squeeze them out you wont damge your pore. if not just try some medicine everybody talks about on here.
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Posted 16 July 2006 - 04:19 AM

trust, years of squeezing my nose and made it wrinikly, something no1 wants... sad.gif

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 11:16 AM

QUOTE(polkadots @ Jul 16 2006, 04:19 AM) View Post

trust, years of squeezing my nose and made it wrinikly, something no1 wants... sad.gif

I didn't know a nose could become wrinkled.
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Posted 23 July 2006 - 02:24 PM

I have tiny holes on mynose from blackheads thank god none on my cheeks...
My cheeks and forhead have always remained clear, My jaw line is now giving me problems! Persistent buggers on my jaw line in the same spot!

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 02:47 PM

i did it for years and still am, my nose wrinkled up if you press the kin. don't do it.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 02:48 PM

once i see a blackhead i squeeze it gently if its not comin out i exfoliate my face and after about a week the blackhead should easily come out if i squeeze it after a shower. i think the only cure for black heads is eliminating them by squeezing, and taking vitamin C.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 04:17 PM

QUOTE(lisabees @ Jul 5 2006, 04:19 PM) View Post

Okay - I'm researching blackheads online and I'm getting different opinions. One is - never squeeze or you'll enlarge and damage the pore forever. The other is squeeze to relieve pressure. Both say to be careful, of course, because of scarring and bacteria.

This is Paula Begoun (sp?) says, "Fortunately, gently removing a blackhead or blemish with light-handed squeezing can actually help the skin. Removing the stuff inside a blackhead or especially a pimple relieves the pressure and reduces further damage. Yes, squeezing can be detrimental to the skin, but how you squeeze determines whether you inflict harm."

What is the truth?


I wouldn't really say that Paula Begoun is a reliable source and believe me when i say i have read pretty much everything she has written and ye, she is good at what she does (revealing the beauty industry) but alot of things that she claims is basically just bullshit.

My own opinion is that squeezing is something no-one should do. At no costs. Let your skins natural oils combined with your daily skincare do the job and you're skin will be happy (and so will you when you dont notice any scars/redness)
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 10:38 AM

if its a daily issue u need accutane.

anything else and ur just treating the symptoms. accutane will stop the sebum overproduction.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 10:47 AM

QUOTE(jamesjoyce @ Jul 24 2006, 11:38 AM) View Post

if its a daily issue u need accutane.

anything else and ur just treating the symptoms. accutane will stop the sebum overproduction.


So, basically, accutane is your answer to everything?

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 11:33 AM

clearly.
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:42 PM

DON"T do it. trust me on this. i've been doing this for along time and my nose is red,oily and had large pores.
very tempting but just don't do it


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Posted 15 August 2006 - 11:56 PM

I use to squeeze out the blackheads on my nose every week...never did anything. They would just come back the next day and it made my nose red and irritated. It also made my pores larger. After a while, I gave out. The blackheads are still here, but they're less noticeable I just leave them alone and they more or less make themselves inconspicuous

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:06 PM

About once a week I squeeze my nose, and the cheeks next to it, to clear it of blackheads. When I squeeze them all this white shit comes out, and my nose feels weird and starts running. The night I do it my face is all red and my pimples are blaringly obvious, but the next day it seems normal except for I have less blackheads.

I am not sure how much this irritates the skin, and as for enlarging pores, I have a couple of those on my cheeks but you can't really see them and they heal fast.

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:32 PM

I'm in the squeeze them out as soon as possible camp, the longer you leave them the bigger the pore gets.

Yes they come back, hoping one day they won't. Very time consuming as well. But I know I'd look ten times worse if I'd left them.
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Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:43 PM

ive found that squeezing them is the only way to get rid of them most of the time. All the do is get bigger and deeper. I did two yesterday and man was it a relief. almost a year of those two and one power squeeze and they're gone.

I don't squeeze my nose those since the blackheads in there arent really on the surface. just the ones under my eyes.
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Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:45 PM

The ones under the eye hurt the most though biggrin.gif

And they are more likely to enlarge, I usually just stick with the nose.