Is scratching your pores with a vibrating spatula a good idea?
We’re easily drawn to any product that promises to remove every little bit of grime from our pores.
But if the grime and grime videos removed from the skin are satisfactory, it might not be wise to aim for the same results.
Going too far with tools and devices generally reserved for professionals can cause serious skin damage.
This week’s obsession: spatulas with vibrator for the skin.
It’s not a new tool, and many different brands are making their own versions, but the concept of getting rid of oil and blackheads with a scraping tool has come to everyone’s attention by an Insider video, which shows a group of people. amazed at the grime that comes out of their skin after once with a spatula.
Skin spatulas work in two ways: using ultrasonic vibrations to exfoliate the skin and extract excess oils and impurities from it, then sliding over the skin to pick up what you have extracted.
The vibration bit isn’t unusual – you’ll see the same technology in brushed Clarisonic and Foreo Products – and it can indeed help the skin, acting as a difficult exfoliation to achieve by hand.
Spatulas can also be used to apply products, using ultrasonic waves to help oils, serums, and creams absorb into the skin.
So far, so good.
But problems arise when these tools – previously accessible only to dermatologists and professional facialists – are put in the hands of people who don’t know how to use them safely.
When we see videos of skin spatulas scraping off dirt and grime, it is tempting for us to use these products to press and scratch the skin which can cause serious damage.
“ The skin spatula is not at all a new concept ”, facialist Andy Millward says Metro.co.uk. “ It’s based on ultrasonic deep cleansing and exfoliation tools that have been used in salon facials for decades. The technology is simply more accessible, as with everything now available in handhelds at a fraction of the cost, making it available as a product for home use.
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In the video, users appear to be applying force to remove as much of their natural sebum as possible. This is not the wrong way to use the device, and if not careful it can lead to bruising and hair damage. ”
Essentially, vibrating tools do the job for you, so don’t require any extra pressure or agitation against the skin.
He is too zealous to attempt to completely cleanse the damaged skin, expelling sebum and sebaceous glands (both of which can remain harmless in the skin).
Are all of this stuff scratched satisfactorily on the skin? It is the skin’s natural sebum and oils, and not the hidden pimples that are conquered.
“The device should never be used to dig into the skin, but rather to sweep the surface of the skin, allowing it to glide smoothly and let the ultrasonic waves do the work and not the spatula,” says Andy. “Little or no pressure should be used. Also, the device should always be used on wet / lubricated skin, again allowing ultrasonic waves to do the job while the tool glides over the skin.
In the video, users appear to use it on dry skin and scrape off their oils. While it can be satisfying to see, the skin will only compensate in excess by producing more oil.
The crucial thing with skin spatulas is to use them as intended, not as a satisfying way to squeeze out your spots.
Blackheads and spots are not best removed with force, squeezing, pulling or scratching, which can leave you scarred. Instead, it’s best to use a salicylic acid or an oil-based cleanser to break down dirt and remove blockages.
It is best to use tools such as the skin spatula to exfoliate the skin, help absorption of the product, or give yourself a mini facial massage with an oil.
This means you need to be cautious, use them as part of your skin care routine rather than a quick fix for zits, and make sure you don’t get too wild in front of the magnifying mirror.
“It’s not something that should be overused,” Andy advises. “The skin doesn’t need this level of deep cleansing on a daily basis and could actually cause imbalances. The temptation with devices like this would be to use them every day, when once a week is probably more than enough.
“ Provided they are used correctly, these are very effective tools, but as with other devices (such as Clarisonic), they could get a bad rap if overused or misused. ”
Andy’s recommendations for safely getting rid of blackheads:
First, determine if you actually have blackheads or if you are looking at sebaceous filaments. A blackhead is a blockage that you may feel in the skin, while the sebaceous filaments flow freely, but visible due to the enlargement of the pores.
“Prevention is always better than cure,” says Andy. “Avoiding skin care and makeup containing comedogenic ingredients is therefore the first thing to do.
“ Then use non-drying cleansers, gentle exfoliators and light moisturizers, etc. to prevent the formation of blackheads.
“ Some facialists or skin care professionals may offer extractions and will use steam or a softening solution before the extraction to facilitate their removal. Personally, I prefer to use fat soluble hydroxy acids like salicylic acid or mandelic acid, as a gentle peel or as a home care product that can help dissolve and dislodge blackheads as well as reduce the appearance of blackheads. sebaceous filaments.
“ Ingredients like vitamin A (retinol or retinaldehyde), saw palmetto and DHEA also work by regulating sebum production, which reduces the appearance of sebaceous filaments.
But remember that you can’t and shouldn’t try to stop them altogether.
“ It’s important to have realistic expectations and not try to achieve a completely ‘pore-free’ look, which really only exists in magazines and Instagram filters. ”