Pimple Popping: Should You Or Shouldn't You?


If you have acne, even occasionally, you have probably been told not to pop your pimples. All sorts of terrible things could happen if you do, people say, such as scarring and infection. Are all these warnings true? What should you do when you have a pimple?

Popping Hazards

When you have a big red pimple sitting on your upper lip, the temptation to pop it is nearly unbearable. It may be sore and uncomfortable, but the main issue is appearance. You hate to go out in public with a huge blemish because you feel that people are staring. Sometimes they are. Doctors say that popping it yourself is always a mistake. The "pustule" is actually keeping all the gross pus and bacteria under your skin. When you pop it, you are contaminating nearby pores with the bacteria, possibly causing new pimples. When working with a difficult pimple, you may actually cause it to become infected and scar. You should really wait it out. In approximately 3-7 days, the zit should heal on its own. Meanwhile, do not underestimate the value of a good concealer.

Safer Popping

If you have a really large pimple, you should see your dermatologist. In some cases, you may actually have a cyst, something your doctor can treat with drugs or by removing it, if necessary. The doctor can also inject a cyst with a steroid to calm down the inflammation and help it clear up more quickly. If you are determined to pop a pimple on your own, at least take some precautions. Experts suggest that you use a sterilized needle and pierce the pimple so that the needle is coming out of both sides. Then you need to pull the skin upward to release the pus. This method is better than squeezing a pimple because you don't break down the skin and cause more issues. Make certain that you thoroughly wash your hands before you go anywhere near your face. Also, cleanse the area afterward. Then, leave it alone. If a pimple becomes inflamed, go see your dermatologist.

You really need to leave the pimple popping to the experts. If you have significant skin issues, you should always consult with a dermatologist. If you find you cannot resist the pimple-popping temptation, follow an expert method and do not squeeze and pick. Remember, that abusing your pimples is a great way to help them scar, a souvenir you can easily do without. For more information, contact Burnsville Family Physicians or a similar organization.


27 May 2016

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