Pimple Popping: The Do’s and Don’ts
Pimples are annoying. They seem to appear out of nowhere and then ruin your day. The truth is that pimples follow a strict life cycle. They result from clogged sebaceous glands and bacteria. As they bulge, it becomes very tempting to pop. This article will answer whether or not pimple popping is something you should do, as well as the general, do’s and don’ts when dealing with acne.
To pop or not to pop?
The general answer is to not pop your zit. You need to trust your body’s ways of dealing with pimples. Most pimples fade away on their own within three to seven days. But if you do have a large, distracting pimple, popping it may be the best way to go. There are special circumstances that qualify a pimple as pop-worthy.
If you have breakouts, it is best to consult a dermatologist. Together, you can draft a personalized action plan to treat your problem. Do not pop your blackheads. Whitehead pimples can be popped. Here is a step-by-step guide on whitehead pimple popping:
Select the proper pimples
Pimples vary in terms of their depth, severity, and type. Do not attempt to pop underdeveloped pimples because you risk damaging your skin and you risk permanent scarring. Pimples that are not whiteheads tend to reside deeper within your skin. Only choose the whitehead pimples which can be characterized by a bulging top that is filled with pus.
Clean your face and hands
One of the biggest risks in pimple popping is the possibility of introducing more bacteria to the wound. You risk getting infected if you do not wash your skin. Wash your hands and your face with antibacterial soap. Gently scrub across the pimples so as to not risk accidentally popping them. Clean the areas underneath your nails. You may consider wearing latex gloves.
Sterilize your needle
Select a thin needle for the procedure. Wash the needle with antibacterial soap and let it dry. Afterwards, dip the tip in alcohol or bleach and let the excess product evaporate.
Pop your pimple
Pierce your pimple using the sterilized needle. Avoid popping the pimple using your bare hands because you risk infecting yourself and you will also create a larger wound which will take a longer time to heal.
By using a needle, you control the size of the wound which will make it easier and faster to close up. You should not feel any pain in the process because the skin cells at the tip of the pimple should already be dead. If you feel any pain, stop the process and refrain from popping.
Drain the pimple
Use cotton swabs to catch any pus that is released from the opening. Press the swabs against both sides of the pimple and squeeze until all the pus is drained. Stop squeezing when you notice that the fluid is clear.
There is still a chance for the pore to be clogged after draining. Another pimple can grow in its place. Apply pimple cream once the wound has completely closed. Use ice cubes to minimize redness and swelling. Always use antibacterial soap and do not touch your face repeatedly.
You do not have to worry about scarring if the procedure is performed correctly. To lessen the likelihood of scars, you may apply honey or lemon juice over the area as it is healing.