3 Things You Should NOT Expect from a Good Extraction Facial

Published on Apr 06, 2016

For many ladies in Singapore, extractions are a MUST during a facial.

Although congestion can be partly managed by the use of good skincare products and blackheads can be exfoliated to make it less visible, some dirt just fill, fester and stretch your pores to make it unbelievably big.

Extractions can help you clear your skin of blackheads and small pimples that stops you from getting that radiance and clarity that clean skin should have.

If done incorrectly, however, extractions can damage your skin irreparably, leaving behind scars and even broken blood vessels!

We speak to Geranium Skin Boutique, an extraction facial specialist, and their customers to understand what you should expect from a good Extraction Facial!

1) Extractions should NOT be EXCESSIVELY Painful

Don't listen to what your facial therapist say about No Pain No Gain!

Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong.

Grace from Geranium Skin Boutique shares that high level of pain indicates that the skin is being damaged excessively (and needlessly!).

There ARE techniques and ways to minimize the damage and therefore the pain! As long as the therapists are well trained and not pressured to complete too many facials within a short period of time, the extraction process will NOT be very painful.

To make sure that extractions at Geranium is as painless as possible, multiple techniques are used to loosen the pores BEFORE the extraction and coaxing the comedones DURING the extraction.

Microdermabrasion at Geranium Skin Boutique

Microdermabrasion at Geranium Skin Boutique

Machines such as microdermabrasion and enzyme peels helps to remove the top layer of dead skin, making it easier for the therapist to reach the stubborn blackheads during extraction later on.

The therapists here are also very careful in coaxing the comedones out by observing the direction of growth and choosing the right angle to remove the comedones.


That is possibly why many of their customers find that extractions at Geranium are almost painless.

  • Mia Chenyze: I've tried a couple of beauty salons, but I stuck with Geranium all these years because the estheticians are gentle and skilful with the extractions, and very thorough too. I've a low threshold for pain, but luckily for me, the extractions here are manageable.
  • Phyllis Yap: The extraction was painless and fuss free. I don't feel any discomfort at all!
  • Michelle: I used to think going for a facial is a chore especially the extractions. But after visiting Geranium, I like going for facials! Their extraction is almost painless. You wouldn't believe it but I really fell asleep every time when the extractions happened. Best of all, when u wake up after the whole thing, your face is so clean! Not a tiny bit of blackheads! I always sleep through the entire session until they wake me up.

It's always a good sign if you manage to fall asleep during the facial; it means that your facial therapist is really skilful at her job.

If your facial therapist is making you squirm and scream during the facial, you should definitely consider a change!

2) Extractions should NOT leave behind redness!

Redness is yet another sign that your skin has been damaged excessively.

Once again redness relates to the skill of your facial therapist. If she coaxes the blackheads out gently, the skin will not turn very red. On the other hand, an impatient and unskilled facial therapist may forcefully remove the blackheads, causing the pores to open even wider and causing significant redness and even allergic reactions.

A skilled therapist will take additional steps to close the pores and minimize any inflammation (hence redness).

after facial at Geranium Skin Boutique

This is how Agent LB looked like after a facial at Geranium Skin Boutique

Here are some of the steps that Geranium customers felt was useful:

  • Jeanette Yaw: The soothing cooling lotion which they apply after helps to calm my skin. They are meticulous in the extraction yet I never leave with any red marks or scars after!
  • Justina Chow: After Extraction, cotton pad soaked with toner was laid over the skin to calm the area.
Si Hui with Geranium Therapist

Si Hui with her therapist Angela

Longtime customer Si Hui believes that the in-house blend of essential oils probably had a part to play to heal and calm the skin after extraction. She finds that any redness after the extraction usually subsides the next day.

Grace shared that the masks were also another reason why their customers experience minimal redness - it nourishes the skin, reducing redness and encourages the pores to close!

Does your facial therapist share with you what they are doing to minimize redness after the facial?

3) Extractions should NOT leave behind too many Blackheads!

It may not be advisable to remove ALL the blackheads on the face, especially stubborn ones as it can damage your skin excessively. However, there usually aren't too many of those.

A good extraction facial should be able to remove at least 80% to 90% of the blackheads on your face. If not, your facial therapist may be doing a shoddy job!

Maybe because the Anti-Comedone Deep Cleansing Facial at Geranium dedicates at least 45 minutes to extraction alone, customers share that the facials make their face feel especially clean.

  • Jasmine Ng: After extraction, I feels my skin was clean, less oily and so much better than before.
  • Judy Lim: My face felt cleaned and cleared.
  • Vivian Khoo: Feels very clean and smooth after extraction.

In fact,  Kai Yuan, another one of Geranium's customers share that those blackheads don't come back as easily after the extraction at Geranium. Skin feels smoother and pores reduced after the extraction!

Evelyn Chiu with therapist

Evelyn with her therapist Grace

In fact, the thoroughness of the therapists here are a major reason why the customers come back.

"I have been going to Geranium for facials for the last few years now.  I come to see Grace pretty much every month, and can hands down say the treatments have improved my skin tremendously.

Her work has always been done well.  She works at a very comfortable (NO rushing) pace and is very thorough. It is not a 'typical routine facial' as all individual has different skin issues. She will patiently hear you out and customize a facial treatment that best suits your needs."

Are there other things you think an Extraction should or should not do?

Share with us below!

On the other hand, if you are looking for a reliable salon who does very thorough and painless extractions with NO HARDSELLING, we would recommend the Anti-Comedone Deep Cleansing Facial from Geranium Skin Boutique. You can expect at least 45 minutes of painless extraction to get rid of every single blackhead on your face... with minimal redness afterwards!

They are currently having a promotion for Beauty Undercover readers:

40% off 2-hour Anti-Comedone Deep Cleansing Facial at $168 (UP: $280)

Just quote "Beauty Undercover Anti-Comedone Deep Cleansing Facial" for the promotion!

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