Have you ever looked in the mirror and been self-conscious about your congested pores? You’re not alone; a pore vacuum might be the answer to your problems.
You’ve probably heard about pore vacuums, but do you know if they even work? We’ll discuss what they are, how they work, and why they might be a good option for you, so if you’re ready to take your skin care game up a notch, keep reading to learn more!
What is a pore vacuum?
A pore vacuum is a handheld device designed to temporary suck up dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt and other impurities from your face with the intent to clear up clogged pores.
There are two main types of pore vacuums: professional devices that use powerful suction and are only available to experienced technicians, and consumer-grade devices that are available to the public and can be purchased at most beauty stores and drugstores.
How does a pore vacuum work?
A pore vacuum works by putting the vacuum hose into the pore and placing the nozzle over the pore’s opening to suck dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt and other impurities out of the pore.
Do pore vacuums work?
Yes, pore vacuums do work in clearing pore congestion but are neither a long-term nor a permanent solution and are most effective when used in conjunction with a good skin care routine.
Pores don’t open or close, which means that after removing gunk from the opening of your pores, you can expect your pores to be clogged again; unless you use topical medication to eliminate and control acne or blackheads.
To keep your pores from getting clogged yet again, use acne and blackhead fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Clindamycin, Retinol and Sulfur-Based products.
Notice that if you don’t stop using Retinoids and Hydroxy Acids a few days prior to using the vacuum, you can get significant redness, discoloration, irritation, and skin injuries.
Proof It Works: With Pictures
Don’t believe me? You don’t have to; the pictures speak for themselves, and here’s proof!
I’ve had this pore vacuum for quite some time (since 2017, to be exact), which is why the settings are very limited, so I can’t imagine what newer ones must be like.
That being said, I would definitely recommend using a pore vacuum if you’re trying to get rid of blackheads and congested pores!
What kind of results can you expect?
You can expect clean pores, which leads to an overall cleaner complexion but for a limited amount of time.
Can a pore vacuum damage your skin?
Yes, a pore vacuum can damage your skin if it’s not used correctly, which means using the appropriate settings depending on your skin type and not keeping the vacuum on one spot for too long or turning the suction setting up too high because it can cause bruising, broken blood vessels, or dilated blood vessels.
What are the side effects of using a pore vacuum?
Although a pore vacuum is generally safe to use, side effects can occur from using one which include, but are not limited to:
- Broken Blood Vessels
- Dilated Blood Vessels
- Skin Injury (Micro-Tears to Your Skin)
If you experience severe discomfort or pain, stop using the device immediately.
When should you use a pore vacuum?
You should use a pore vacuum depending on how congested your pores are.
How often should you use a pore vacuum?
To avoid infections and inflammations, you should use a pore vacuum 1-2 times per week, depending on your skin type.
For instance, if you have dry skin, you may need to use it less often. However, if you have oily skin, you may be able to use it more often.
What is the proper way to use a pore vacuum?
Before using a pore vacuum, wash your face with a mild deep cleanser and steam your skin with either a warm towel, over a face steamer or pot of boiling water or a steamy shower to soften the sebum and debris in your pores.
Dry your face, choose a clean, sanitized nozzle, and then turn your vacuum on, setting it on the lowest suction setting (and increasing the settings as you see fit).
Place the suction tip of the vacuum on your skin and gently move the vacuum creating single strokes and staying constant to avoid causing trauma to your skin.
Finish with a hydrating moisturizer, ideally one with Hyaluronic Acid or Niacinamide, to protect and repair your skin barrier and help minimize irritation.
What should you do after using a pore vacuum?
There is no one answer to this question as everyone’s skin will react differently to the vacuum.
Also, avoid using harsh cleansers or exfoliants because they can further irritate and aggravate your skin.
How do you get rid of redness from a pore vacuum?
There are a few things you can do to get rid of redness from a pore vacuum:
- Apply a cold compress to the area for a few minutes; this will help soothe and reduce inflammation.
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl or Claritin to help reduce inflammation.
- Use cortisone cream to help reduce inflammation.
- Talk to your doctor about taking prescription medication such as prednisone or cyclosporine to help reduce inflammation.
If you have a hard time getting rid of redness even after trying all of the things mentioned above, make sure next time you reduce the suction setting on the vacuum.
How long do pore vacuum bruises last?
Pore vacuum bruises range from light pink to dark purple and can last anywhere between a few hours to 10 days before fading away. If you have a bruise you’re concerned about, pay a visit to see your doctor.
How do you get rid of pore vacuum bruising?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as the best way to get rid of bruising from a pore vacuum will vary depending on the individual’s skin type and healing process.
However, some general tips that may help speed up the healing process include:
Tip #1: Ice therapy.
Applying a cold compress to the area for a few minutes can help reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
Tip #2: Heat.
Using a heating pad on low heat can also help improve blood circulation and promote healing.
Tip #3: Compression.
Applying pressure to the bruise can help stop the bleeding and swelling; you can do this by using a bandage, wrap, or compress.
Tip #4: Elevation.
Keeping the bruised area elevated above the level of your heart can also help reduce swelling.
Tip #5: Arnica.
Arnica is a natural Homoeopathic remedy that is often used to help reduce bruising.
Tip #6: Vitamin K cream.
Vitamin K cream is a topical cream that is applied to the skin and helps promote healing.
Tip #7: Aloe Vera.
Aloe vera is a natural plant that has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to soothe and heal a bruise.
Tip #8: Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps promote collagen production and can help with healing.
Is an at-home pore vacuum safe?
Yes, at-home pore vacuums are generally safe because they are less powerful than professional devices.
Be careful about high suction settings because they may create micro-tears in your skin, leading to unwanted side effects.
Blackhead Solutions To Pair With Your Vacuum
1. Double cleanse or switch to an oil cleanser.
Blackheads are caused by a build-up of sebum and debris in the pores, so using an oil cleanser can help break up this build-up and clear out your pores.
2. Add chemical exfoliators to your skin care routine.
Chemical exfoliators such as AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) help clear away the dead skin cell, sebum and debris built-up in your pores which will help unclog and reduce the appearance of your pores.
3. Get your mask on.
A clay mask or an activated charcoal mask deep cleanses by drawing out the impurities and toxins in your pores.
How do you choose a pore vacuum?
When choosing a pore vacuum, it is important to consider your skin type and skin needs and different suction levels. Are you feeling overwhelmed with the number of vacuums on the market? Check out our list of the Best Pore Vacuums!
Frequently Asked Questions
No, pore vacuums shouldn’t be used on deep-rooted or very inflamed pimples because they prolong healing time and increase the risk of discoloration and scarring.