- This is how five professionals treat and clean parts of the human body.
- The procedures include earwax removal, blackhead extractions, and guided biofilm therapy.
- It’s important to get each procedure done professionally to avoid damage and injury.
Following is a transcript of the video.
Blackheads and clogged ears can be super uncomfortable, but it’s important to leave any picking and prodding to the experts. This is how professionals treat and clean five body parts, including the teeth, scalp, and toenails.
This teeth-cleaning method is called guided biofilm therapy, or GBT. The goal is to remove biofilm from the teeth. It’s a layer of bacteria that’s responsible for bleeding gums, bad breath, and some dental infections and diseases. Unlike plaque, you can not see or feel biofilm because it’s so tiny. That’s why dental hygienist Faye Donald is painting each tooth with this purple liquid. It’s an organic colored dye called Biofilm Discloser. It stains early biofilm, which is less than three days old, pink and mature biofilm, which is more than three days old, blue. Donald wants to disrupt early biofilm before it has the chance to mature into plaque. Now the cleaning process begins. She’s using a tool called Airflow Max, which acts like a gentle jet wash inside the mouth. It uses a combination of warm water and soluble antimicrobial powder. Donald says it’ll remove 100% of the biofilm from the teeth, even in the dark, warm areas that the biofilm likes to hide. It also removes stains. Now that that’s done, she uses a descaling kit called Piezon No Pain. It uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove any remaining hard buildup or plaque from the teeth. Unlike old plaque-removal methods, there is no scraping involved, so it will not scratch or damage the tooth’s surface.
Earwax can be soupy, hard, crumbly, soft, and even moldy. Professionals will scrape, suck, or flush it out. The removal method depends on the consistency of the wax and where it’s located inside the ear canal. Here, we’re looking at hard, impacted wax. But this wax is way too impacted, so suction is not working. He switches to a Cawthorne hook No. 6, which is a tiny metal right-angle hook with a pointy end. It’s so small that Boland can maneuver the hook around the debris and gently dig it out of the ear canal. It’s important that he carefully digs and scrapes out the debris in stages. Otherwise, painful damage to the ear can occur. The wax became like this after the patient tried to self-treat it with water-based drops. Earwax is important for ear health, so Boland says that it should only ever be removed if it’s bothering the patient. And in that case, it’s important to visit a specialist to get it professionally removed.
Felicia Brown created a holistic scalp cleanse for clients with serious dandruff buildup. To prep the scalp, she sprays the cleansing product directly on the client’s head. Now she’s scratching and freeing the scalp of dandruff, dead skin, and anything else that’s clogging it. Once the buildup is removed, she sprays the hair with the cleansing product again and lets it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The scalp is shampooed and thoroughly massaged. She says clients usually experience immediate relief after the treatment. The scalp cleanse was made for patients with psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, or a clogged scalp.
Lori Halloway is a nail technician who cleans thick, impacted toenails. She starts by soaking the feet in a whirlpool foot bath that contains foot soap and foot salt. This helps soften and disinfect the skin and loosen up the debris. She treats the bottom of the foot with a callus remover. Nail nippers reduce the length of the toenail, and a cuticle pusher pushes back the skin that’s stuck to the nail plate. She uses an ingrown-toenail sidewall cleaner to carefully pull out all of the impacted debris from the sides and underneath the toenail. She often uses an electric file to reduce the thickness of the nail. When a toenail is too thick, it hits the top and front of the shoe. This is what causes it to grow abnormally, which can lead to infection or injury.
Claudia Colombo is an esthetician who professionally performs blackhead extractions. Before the extraction process begins, she massages the face to drain the lymph nodes and gently cleanses the skin. Then she pre-softens the skin with a warm towel and an enzyme treatment. This makes it easier for the blackheads to be extracted. That silver spatula is actually an ultrasonic skin scrubber, which Colombo uses to exfoliate the skin. The ultrasonic waves help loosen and remove oil and dirt from the pores. She starts gently extracting the blackheads with her fingers. Not much pressure is needed, since the skin has already been prepped and softened. It’s important to replenish the skin with minerals and nutrients that may have been lost during the process. In this case, Colombo applies some chlorophyll and copper complex to replenish
and copper in the skin. She leaves it to incubate and then applies a blue light to help heal the skin. The light also allows the ingredients to penetrate deeper into the pores. Lastly, she applies a hydro jelly mask to soothe the skin