In-office treatments with pore vacuums have proved to be very effective to reduce the size of pores and minimize hormonal breakouts. But what about getting a pore vacuum treatment at home?
Hydradermabrasion devices –pore vacuums used by professionals–, help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells using a textured suction tip and hydrating skin solutions that basically deeply wash the skin. Then the skin is infused with a chemical peel and eventually helps fade fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
But if getting an in-office appointment is not an option for you, you can resort to vacuum tools available in the market. The question is, do they work? And if they do, are they really safe?
Pore vacuums remove blackheads in addition to excess oil and build-up.
These tools are designed to use suction to extract sebum, dirt and other impurities from the skin, but they are not some kind of magic wand that is going to make your blackheads disappear. They are a temporary solution to minimize pore congestion from oil, dead skin cells, sweat and keratin buildup. However, pores are very likely to become clogged again.
How safe are they?
As they are less powerful than professional devices, at-home vacuum tools are safe for most skin times. However, high suction setting can lead to micro-tears on the skin surface that can weaken the skin’s barrier. So, you want to stay away from that setting if you don’t want your skin to become red and flaky.
Keeping the vacuum on one spot for too long or turning the suction up too high can cause bruising, broken blood vessels, or dilated blood vessels that can make matters worse and lead to even more inflammation.
These precautions are especially necessary for those with active acne, eczema, rosacea, and generally sensitive skin. It is possible for the device to exacerbate skincare issues like rosacea or active acne. The pore vacuum could also cause mild irritation like redness and/or broken capillaries or bruising if the setting is too intense or the person has very sensitive skin.
The bottom line
It is much more effective to be consistent in a solid skincare routine and if you feel like you need a deep cleanse, reach out to a dermatologist.
You’ll notice fewer black dots wherever you use it, but those benefits will last until those pores get clogged up again.
To keep your pores clear of pimple-forming gunk, keep them clean and happy with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, retinols and sulfur-based products.