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What happens with a comedo extraction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Dermatologists (doctors who specialize in treating skin, hair, and nail conditions) often use extraction to remove acne pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. To extract a comedo (a medical term describing a pimple), dermatologists use a sterilized device the size of a small pencil. A word of warning: comedo extraction is not something you should try at home. Any time you squeeze a pimple, you risk spreading the bacteria, causing an infection and worsening your acne. This procedure should only be performed by a medical professional, so allow your dermatologist to guide you.

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