How to Extract a Blemish Like a Pro

Popping a zit? Here's how the experts do it to avoid acne scars or blemishes.
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Prep

Apply an exfoliating enzyme peel (like Philosophy's Microdelivery Purifying Peel, $40; sephora.com) to the pimple or blackhead, then cover it with a hot, wet towel.

After about three minutes, clean off the product with a massaging motion.

Next: Operate

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