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Extraction Facials: What are They and Why You Should Get One

Are you struggling with clogged pores or acne problems? While you may be tempted to “pop” or extract your acne yourself, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. While most facials may be helpful, an extraction facial is your best option for professionally clearing your pores without further aggravating your skin. 

What is an extraction facial?

An extraction facial is a treatment during which your clogged or compacted pores are cleared. It's a deep pore cleansing that will remove any product buildup and clear stubborn debris. Your skincare products will absorb better, and you’ll get better results from their use. 

Extractions aren’t a one-time treatment. Because pores will clog up again, you may need regular extraction treatments. 

Beyond just clearing your pores, extraction facials have a variety of benefits. These benefits can include improved skin tone and texture, reduced appearance of brown spots and hyperpigmentation, and fewer future breakouts. Extraction facials can also increase the absorption and effectiveness of your topical skincare products.

Why should you get an extraction facial?

Though you may be tempted to extract clogged pores at home, this can cause more harm than good for your pores. When you squeeze and “burst” a pimple, you’re tearing your skin. This tearing will need to heal and might leave scarring, so it’s essential to leave the extraction to the pros.

For example, cystic acne is best extracted by a professional; trying to extract it at home could spread the bacteria to other parts of the skin and worsen the existing condition of your acne. You should also never extract milia by yourself. Milia looks like whiteheads, but they are cysts that are harder and more difficult to extract. They typically appear on the nose and cheeks.

An extraction facial performed by a professional will clear these acne problems that your at-home skincare routine can’t fix alone. 

Who should avoid an extraction facial? 

If you are under the care of a dermatologist, suffer from a chronic facial skin condition, or take a prescription medication that impacts your skin, you might not be a good candidate for extraction facials. In those cases, ask your doctor before setting up an appointment for this specific type of facial. 


A HydraFacial cleanses, extracts, and hydrates your skin in just 45 minutes. Our licensed estheticians use the Vortex-Fusion Delivery System, a patented HydraFacial tool, to extract impurities and deliver deep hydration. While peels and other extractions can cause redness and irritation, the HydraFacial is quick and gentle, leaving your skin hydrated. 

Beyond extracting impurities and clearing pores, the HydraFacial can help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, and hyperpigmentation with specific boosters. The deep hydration of the HydraFacial will help reduce the appearance of laugh lines and crow’s feet, too. The gentle peel-like effects of the HydraFacial lessen the appearance of brown spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. 

Most people are great candidates for extraction facials and HydraFacials, so contact us to talk to one of our licensed estheticians if you’d like to learn more about how we can help you achieve your skincare goals. 


Skin Spa’s Custom Facial - which is our “extraction facial” = includes choice of Gua Sha for lymphatic drainage or High Frequency. Memberships - for monthly skin maintenance - you can get your custom facial or hydrafacial (coming soon!) every month!

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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