When skin is clogged up with excess sebum, impurities, whatever you try slathering on is pretty much futile. The main culprits are Blackheads and Whiteheads - a blocked pore that stays open forms a blackhead. If a blocked pore closes, a whitehead, or closed comedones will develop. Depending on the extent of congestion, we often times have to do a manual extraction. Done properly in skilled hands, extractions clear out clogged and obstructed pores. A good extraction involves one swift motion to unclog the pore - whether by hand or using sterile instruments. There should not be constant plodding or multiple attempts to extract.
In the case of pimples, extractions should only be done when the pimple is sufficiently "ripe", ideally when they develop a "head". If it is too early in its development phase, best to leave it as is and allow it to run its course. Picking at it will aggravate the condition and pushes the oils and sebum deeper into skin. Nothing like clear, smooth skin that has been de-congested, unclogged, purified. Only then can one experience the true benefits of the serums and creams that go on after. The fear of manual extractions arise from certain notions that inexperienced prodding of skin causes more trauma and in turn greater "purging" of toxins and inflammation, which can result in nasty, red cystic acne or a boil.
Treating freshly extracted skin with a session of medical grade LED Lights (415nm Blue light) will go a long way in delivering superior anti-bacterial properties and subsiding active acne. Yellow Light follows to intensively calm skin, prevent unwanted redness and significantly reduce inflammation. The lights we use have 1800 durable, hi quality LEDs to deliver powerful, consistent energies to stimulate natural biological repair mechanisms. To keep pores "clean", use a serum like Serum Dermopore and Placenta serum on those spots - it helps to continue doing a good job in cleaning out pores, tightening and then healing them to lighten and prevent any scar formation. With these measures in place plus a good diet (with less caffaine and processed sugars), we do have a great chance of improving overall skin.