A lot of these reviews have been so grossly delightful to read! Why is a successfully purged pore somehow the most disgusting, triumphant, awe-inspiring, sickly satisfying thing ever??? It's so funny! I'm really glad I'm not the only one!
But seriously, I just want to warn people: if you have an addictive personality, if you're a perfectionist, and if you obsess over your skin, do NOT buy this product (or if you do, be really careful). I say this because I have struggled with Dermatillamania (also known as Compulsive Skin Picking or CSP) for the past three years, and it is HELL. This is relevant because anything that encourages close inspection of pores (or even worse, the physical manipulation of pores!) would be a possible trigger for developing Dermatillamania, or exacerbate the condition if you already have it. Reading through people's reviews, some of the comments sounded exactly like stuff I would have said/been enthusiastic about before I developed full-blown CSP.
A little about Compulsive Skin Picking: It's an OCD-spectrum disorder (and I've had various mild OCD symptoms my entire life), it's most common in women, and begins in late teens/twenties, generally. It's basically the same thing as Trichotillamania (sp.?) (that disorder where people can't stop pulling out their hair strand by strand), just a different manifestation. It's different from "normal" skin picking because it is an uncontrollable compulsion that overtakes one's life (but CSPer's always start out as "normal" skin pickers). I'm finally starting to get my CSP under control (knock on wood), but at my worst, I'd spend hours and hours each day picking at / examining my skin, and my skin was always a mess of raw open wounds (and ironically, I don't have bad skin-- if I hadn't gone looking for things to extract, my skin would have appeared flawless most of the time).
So yeah, sorry this isn't exactly a review of the blackhead extractor (which I do highly recommend by the way, if you're sure you won't get carried away). I mean, it's not like any particular tool CAUSED my CSP, but some tools can be waaaaay too "helpful" if you don't know when to stop. I threw away all my tweezers/blackhead extractors/etc. after about a year with CSP, and it helped a lot simply because I can do a whole lot less damage with only my fingers as tools. Of course, even fingers can wreak plenty of havoc if you're determined/compulsive enough. So I finally got fake nails a few weeks ago, and now my grip is so inprecise that I can't really skin-pick anymore (as well as do a lot of other little things, but it's SOOO worth it if it stops me from ruining my face every day!).
*****UPDATE****** I found a way to stop picking and haven't done so in over 6 months. If you'd like to know how I did it, send me a message!
I have had my Tweezerman extractor for years and will DIE if it ever is lost, stolen, or broken. Nothing else can remove blackheads and clogged pores like this thing can. I use the smaller loop for almost everything. Doesn't damage my skin or inflame pimples at all the way I use it. Leaves a red mark that disappears within 5 minutes or so.
I cannot live without this tool. I use this thing all the time. Sephora makes one too, but it's way more expensive. I prefer these kind that have the double-ended loop opposed to the lance on one end. I find that a sterile needle works better and is much less painful than the lance on the Sephora extractor (they make a double-ended loop one too though). If you breakout at all, you need this skincare tool!!
I have had this tool for a while now, but I don't how to make it work! I have read other rewievs and instructions on how to use it but nothing happens with my blackheads/blemishes. I always end up using my hands and then the blackhead comes right out. I wich I could make this work because I don't like the red marks on my skin after I have used my hands..
This thing is only better than my fingers with blackheads on the creases of my nose, where I can't access very well by myself. Otherwise, my fingers do a better job of popping whiteheads and sometimes blackheads if they aren't too small. I think the trick with this is not to use it as it says in the instructions: don't put the loop OVER the blackhead, put the tip next to the blackhead and "scoop" it out.
use this all the time. perfect for getting those little blackheads from the side of your nose where it meets your cheek.
This got rid of blackheads for me, but it also left brown spots that took months to fade.
I've had mixed results with this tool. I've read the reviews here to get some tips on using it as I thought I must have been using it incorrectly, but I'm still not finding it to be a miracle tool. It's great with 'ripe' blackheads (which are going to come out easily regardless of the tool you use) and it'll get rid of a bit of surface congestion. Maybe I'm just not patient enough to sit there fussing over my skin with this!
From now on I'm only getting the slanted tweezerman from tweezerman- everything else disappoints me. Believe it or not, i can buy a brandless blackhead extractor for a dollar in any Hong Kong beauty store that works far better than this crap.
I have this and it sure takes out blackheads. But for any cystic acne forget it (unless you see a head don't try it),,painful. I have had the pimples where I see something and I use the small wire loop side and I even get the hard sebum (seed) out. Just don't use too much pressure or you can get big scars.