Comedone Extraction

What is comedone extraction?

In comedone extraction a comedone extractor instrument is placed central to the comedone and a firm downward pressure is applied as a result unwanted material is then come out from the comedone.

Dermatologist should do comedone extraction. Doctor removes pus and infective material which helps to reduce any scarring from an acne lesion. Dermatologist should perform the procedure as any undue force applied when removing a comedone could result in an increase of inflammation and end result is scarring.

The procedure reduces  the number of future inflamed lesions and the recurrence rate of comedones.

This procedure is very common, safe and effective.

Is comedone extraction painful?

It is not much painful procedure but yes a bit pain or discomfort is there during procedure.

How much time required to do this procedure?

The procedure requires 20 to 25 minutes.

How much gap required between two comedone extraction?

On an average 2 to 3 weeks gap or interval required between two procedures.

How many sittings of comedone extraction required?

Not fixed, varies from person to person.

Is result permanent?

It depends. if a person keeps on getting acne and comedones, then person requires procedure frequently.

What care or precaution require before and after comedone extraction?

Doctor will give instructions during consultation. Use sunscreen and avoid irritating product on treated area.

How much will be down time or recovery time?

Few hours. Doctor will recommend you cream to settle it fast.

Can we combine comedone extraction with other procedures?

Yes of course, we can combined it with following procedures to maximise desire results –

Botulinum Toxin A.

Chemical Peel.

Derma Roller.


Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).


Microneedling RF (Radio Frequency).


PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy.

Radio Frequency Skin Tightening (RF).

What are the side effects of comedone extraction  procedure?

Possible negative effects of the procedure include incomplete extraction, refilling, scarring and tissue damage. If dermatologist do the procedure properly then hardly any side effects.

What is comedone?

Comedones are blocked hair follicles in the skin. Keratin (skin debris) combines with oil to block the follicle. Comedones are often seen in an acne skin. They are either closed, which are the whiteheads, or skin coloured small pimples, or open blackheads.

They are mainly found on the forehead and chin. As the comedones are full of acids, bacteria and other material, such as dead skin cells, scarring could be the end result if left untreated.

How comedones happens?

Oil production increases during puberty, causing comedones. Comedones are full of acids, bacteria and other material, such as dead skin cells.

What are the types of comedones?

There are two types of comedones –

1) White heads or closed comedones.

2) Black heads or open comedones.