So I know that I'm not supposed to pick at my face - magazines even tell us not to look at ourselves in the magnified side of our beauty mirrors! - but who doesn't do these things? At least with this tool I won't touch my face with my hands which would only make things worse. And I use caution, not over-using it, only going for it with "the big ones", and clean it with rubbing alcohol before and after - as well as clean my face. Call it an emergency kit - or maybe a safety blanket, but it works amazingly well (best if you've steamed your face and washed it first so its soft and your pores are more open) so I'm thrilled to have it in my "arsenal."