I Used a Skin Spatula to Unclog My PoresHere's what Happened

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Not a spatula at all, the device features a sleek handheld design with a stainless steel blade (it’s not sharp, I swear) and a button to operate its two settings—a skin scrubber mode for cleaning pores and an infusion mode for applying serum deep into the skin. After charging it and thoroughly reading through its user guide, I was ready to begin.

To buy: Trophy Skin Labelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula, $149; amazon.com

When I was finished, my skin still looked a bit red, but felt seriously clean and fresh. The redness quickly faded, but I still wondered how well the skin spatula really worked and if the investment would prove worth it.

According to New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, the main benefit of the skincare tool is that it’s more hygienic than using a face cleansing brush. “It won’t collect bacteria such as a brush would collect on its bristles,” she tells ishonest. However, she does note that those with sensitive skin or who are on acne medication like Retin-A should steer clear of skin spatulas since they can aggravate dry, irritated skin.

Of course, a skin spatula is no replacement for professional extractions in a dermatologist’s office, but if you don’t have sensitive skin and are looking for a new way to deep clean pores and exfoliate your skin, you might consider giving the ultrasonic skincare tool a try. One of the more splurge-worthy skin spatula options, the Trophy Skin tool costs just under $150, but you can also shop more affordable devices, including Dermaflash’s Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser ($99; nordstrom.com) or the Skin Scrubber from Kingdom Cares ($36; amazon.com).

Whichever one you go with, these skincare tools work best when used one to two times a week as the final step in your regular skincare routine. Personally, I’ve added it to my Sunday self-care regimen and love how clean and radiant my skin looks after the quick, at-home treatment. I have a feeling it’ll be a staple in my skincare arsenal for years to come.

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