Step 7: Sanitize and Soothe.
Immediately following any
extraction, sanitation is a must.
Properly sanitizing the skin will
ensure that you remove any infection
that may have seeped to the surface.
Post-extraction support is essential.
The goal is to reduce the bacteria and
inflammation, and begin to soothe
the skin. A toner or lotion containing
green tea, L-lactic acid and salicylic
acid or a mandelic acid with arginine
formula (particularly for comodones)
will provide antibacterial,
antioxidant and cellular repair.
For pustules, a green tea toner or
all-purpose cleansing pads will
provide gentle cleansing. Be careful
to not be too aggressive with the skin
post extraction, avoiding acids and
For anti-inflammatory and
healing support, a soothing balm
containing Arnica montana flower
extract or a vitamin E serum
will reduce redness and promote
healing. Ice therapy, such as chilled
ice globes rolled gently over the
skin, is also highly beneficial at this
point for soothing support.
Step 8: Mask. You may finish
with a clay and salicylic acid-based
mask for healing and detoxification.
Wasabi root and rosemary are
also great anti-inflammatories—
however, if you have performed
a lot of extractions, a milk-based
mask will replenish skin nutrients
and provide soothing support.
Step 9: Follow up. In the initial
phases, frequency is critical.
Extractions may be performed
once per week for up to six weeks.
These can be express, 30-minute
treatments if the client is coming
in weekly. If done consistently,
clients will begin to see
inflammation significantly reduce
and conditions dramatically
Post-extraction care reduces inflammation, sanitizes and heals skin.
Shannon Esau is the
director of sales and
education at Rhonda
She brings more than
17 years’ experience in the esthetic
industry, having owned skin care
salons in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Home care leading up to the
treatment will also aid in efficient
extraction. A good pre-treatment
for impacted skin might include
a salicylic acid-based serum or
vitamin A formula to stimulate
cellular turnover. A gel with glycolic
and L-lactic acid may also be used
to soften comedones and reduce
cellular buildup. These may be used
three to four nights per week for
one week leading up the treatment.
For clients in dryer climates
or with more sensitive skin, a
mandelic acid and arginine serum
is ideal, as it will still provide
rejuvenating support without being
too aggressive. Again, the client’s
skin will guide the best approach,
and topicals and frequency should
be adjusted based on oil level,
dryness and when the extractions
will be performed.
(All articles accessed Dec 5, 2017.)