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May 1972

Comedo Extraction

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(5):759-760. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620080081025

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To the Editor.—  Comedo extraction is frequently a useful procedure in the treatment of acne vulgaris. The method is somewhat limited, however, by the presently available comedo extractors. It becomes quite tedious when numerous comedones must be removed, because most comedo extractors currently in use rapidly become obstructed with extracted material. The cleansing of the plugged orifice of these instruments, while in the process of treating the patient, is time-consuming and inefficient.For the past several months we have been using a new comedo extractor from Robbins Instrument Co, Chatham, NJ, in our Acne Clinic (Figure). This instrument has the advantage of being made of relatively sturdy consistency with a large, keyhole-shaped extracting orifice. The latter is a significant improvement over current instrumentation in that it allows the orifice to be easily cleaned with a simple wipe of one layer of gauze. In addition, the undersurface is relatively flat

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