The Dermalogica Extraction Technique is a safe and effective manual method of removing comedones (blackheads or whiteheads) and congestion from the skin without further impacting the health of the skin, and without spreading acne or breakout causing bacteria.

Extractions are an important part of any skin treatment, as they help prevent comedones from transforming into papules and/or pustules.

Open comedones are the most common comedones Professional Skin Therapists work on. Typically referred to as blackheads because the surface of the plug in the follicle has a dark appearance. Open comedones are non-inflamed.

A closed comedone is commonly called a whitehead. Closed comedones appear different than open comedones because the opening of the plugged sebaceous follicle is closed or very narrow (a blackhead is distended).

After cleansing and resurfacing, extractions are one of the most important elements of any ProSkin treatment, and possibly the most technically difficult. To aid in the hygienic removal of comedones and congestion, Dermalogica’s professional extraction formulas are made from naturally antibacterial botanical extracts. They achieve the necessary softening of the skin to ease extractions without irritation, and provide antiseptic post-care to minimize inflammation and future breakouts.