There are countless methods for clearing blackheads that claim to be the best on the market. Now the "skin spatula" has been added to that list.
Acne, pimples, blackheads, among other skin issues, can strike at any time, even though many believe that they will be gone by the time teenagehood is over. They can be painful, have poor consequences on one's self-confidence, and definitely be embarrassing. These problems can be chronic for some, and for others, can simply be present from time to time throughout life.
Even though there are a lot of blackhead clearing products already on the market, something new and unconventional is now available. It is known as the "skin spatula." As described by Allure, it is a small piece of metal shaped like a spatula that uses ultrasonic vibrations to loosen the built-up oil and sebum in the pores. Once it's loose the spatula can then just scrape it away. Sounds like a good idea, however, dermatologists are not sold on the new tool.
New York City-based dermatologist, Shari Marchbein warns that the contraption sounds like it will scrape and scratch the skin if too much pressure is applied. Marchbein also highlighted the difference in the liquid that comes out of your pores when using the spatula compared to when a dermatologist does the job. Apparently, that is a sign that the pore has not reduced in size and will simply fill back up with sebum. Evidently, this can create more issues in the long run.
Marchbein and her fellow dermatologists are not fans of the skin spatula and recommend those trying to eliminate blackheads stick to the old school methods. Retinoids, glycolic acid pads, even simple scrubs, and gels will likely have a better and longer lasting effect than the newfangled spatula. Those of you who have large pores, in particular, should avoid the skin spatula as it seems as though its process just the pores rather than cleaning them and closing them up a little bit, which is what you should really be aiming for.
Have you tried the "skin spatula"? How do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments.