If you're reading this, you're likely already aware that Dr. Pimple Popper's Blackhead Tweezers have been released to the public so we can now squeeze out our blackheads at home just like the extraction expert herself does in her very own clinic.
On Wednesday, Dr. Pimple Popper, more formally known as Dr. Sandra Lee, shared the exciting news with Bustle that her second favorite tool (her first is her comedone extractor) would finally be available for her massive #popaholic community to scoop up. The best part? It will cost you a fraction of what it would cost you to get your blackheads professionally removed, and will last you a lifetime (with proper care, of course).
Dr. Pimple Popper's Blackhead Tweezers retail for $25, while her OG comedone extractor tool will cost you $20. While you might be tempted to only buy one, Dr. Sandra Lee tells me that the tools are meant to be used together — think of the two as your complete extraction removal kit.
"Having both a great comedone extractor and excellent blackhead tweezers, gives you everything you need to successfully tackle any blackhead on any area of the body," Dr. Sandra Lee shares with me over email.
She came up with her brilliant blackhead tweezer invention after years of searching for the perfect tool to get to those hard-to-reach corners of your face and body. According to the website, the tool offers a "tensioned tweezer body" and "perfectly aligned, curved tips" to help you pinch, pick-up, and pull out those nasty blackheads.
"I've always searched for a tool that could gently and safely pinch and squeeze the skin, much like fingers or Q-tips can, but can do this in some nooks and crannies, getting into very tight corners on the skin, and do this more gently and safely and in the most sterile, medical manner."
Oh, and there's also the satisfaction factor — something her #popaholic fans know very well. "There’s something extra satisfying about using tweezers for extracting to actually pinch and squeeze the skin delicately, and I wanted to create something perfect to pull out those blackheads!"
If you want to see blackhead tweezers in action, you can watch the video below of Dr. Sandra Lee using them on a patient's very, very congested nose. It goes without saying, but proceed with caution. It gets pretty gross pretty fast.
As you can see, Dr. Lee pushes down gently on the blackhead tweezers and then squeezes the tips together to remove the blackheads and whiteheads. But before she reached for these tweezers, she likely used the comedone extractor.
"These tweezers can be used in addition to the comedone extractor — a blackhead you might not be able to remove with the extractor might be better suited for a tweezer extraction and vice versa. Essentially, a comedone extractor pushes from above to push the blackhead out, and a tweezer squeezes from the sides, below the blackhead to coax it from under the skin."
If you choose to purchase both tools to remove any of your blackheads or whiteheads at home, just remember to be careful with your skin and only remove what's ready to be extracted. It's also really important to prepare your skin by cleansing the area you are treating and disinfecting the tweezers before each use.
"Take a hot shower, or use steam on your skin to soften those blackhead so they slide out more easily with the least amount of trauma to your skin," Dr. Lee shares.
And as with anything pimple-related, remember her sage advice: "There is a time to pop and there is a time to stop." Happy tweezing!