Safety Risks Associated With At-Home Pore Extraction Tools

No one is listening, so you can be honest. When was the last time you popped a pimple? It’s hard to look into your lighted makeup mirror every day and notice another blemish or blackhead without wanting to squeeze it out. Right? And, we’ll never tell your new secret vice is binge watching Dr. Pimple Popper. Now that it’s all out in the open, let’s talk safety risks associated with at-home pore extraction.

What’s Wrong With At-Home Pore Extraction Tools

The answer is more like what’s NOT wrong. Let us count the ways.

woman using at-home pore extraction tool

Pimples are caused by excess oil or sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria getting trapped in a pore. You end up with a red tender pump. Your pore is already swollen and when you try to squeeze it out, all you do is force the debris deeper into the pore. What results is a ruptured pore pushing the infected pus into the dermis, or lower layer of your skin.

You are left with more inflammation, more redness, and more swelling than before. What can come next is an even larger pimple right next to the other one.


Whenever skin is damaged, there is a chance a scar will develop. You can end up with a pitted acne scar. The more damage to the skin, the greater the tissue loss.

In addition to scars, you may be left with dark marks on your skin known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Increased Inflammation

Pushing debris down further in a pore can lead to more inflammation and more acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.


There are many DIY extraction tools on the market now which can lead to infections if not handled correctly and properly sterilized.

Makes Acne Worse

All the picking and squeezing only forces bacteria into our skin making the skin look even more red and inflamed. What’s worse is the pimple is still there and you have a larger more noticeable bump.

Choose A Specialist Like Goodless Dermatology In Orlando & Celebration, FL

If you have troublesome acne or blackheads, get help from a professional. They can not only safely extract enlarged pores and acne, but can also provide prescription medication to resolve your breakouts and prevent acne in the future.

Simple steps like not touching your face, keeping your hands clean, applying ice to reduce inflammation, and using over-the-counter medications can all help to reduce out of control acne and blackheads. If you don’t see results in a few weeks, see a dermatologist for safe treatment.

Contact Goodless Dermatology at (407) 566-1616, or request an appointment online, if you have troublesome acne and over-the-counter medications have not helped.