To pop that pimple or not to pop that pimple? That is the question.
More often than not, I bet you find yourself unable to refrain from popping that pesky pimple, which leads me to believe that when it comes to pimples, we shouldn't be asking IF, we should be preparing for WHEN (because we will) attack those pimples to the bane of our dermatologists.
How to pop your pimple correctly:
So pretend you're strolling through a fancy supermarket, please curb that urge to squeezing the goods. Why you ask? Squeezing that pimple more often than not can push dirt and bacteria even deeper into the pore, which will probably make the breakout even worse. Not to mention that when you pick at pimples it creates scar tissue. Scar tissue not only discolors skin, it can take up to 6 months to fully heal!
Below you can find a video where Dr. Oz himself will walk you through just how to deal with pesky pimple popping.
Dr. Oz Demonstrates How to Pop a Pimple
Whatever you do, please don't use your bare hands. Your nails are dirty girl! PLUS this can introduce even more bacteria, try exfoliating the top of a pimple and then let it drain, use a very hot washcloth to help with this.
The “down and in and out” is the preferred method used by aestheticians, often referred to as the "scooping motion for popping pimples." However, regardless of your technique, it it VERY important that you only target pimples that are “ready.”
And pimples, just like the hills, have eyes, so you want to wait to see the whites!!! And if you have a cyst, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT:
“Cysts have a higher risk of scarring, so it's best to leave them alone,” Dr. Tanzi says.
Now just for fun, not because you did, but let's just say you did pop it ... or even pinched, squeezed, and poked that pimple, because you're a real human.
Try using a sulfur-based product, tea tree oil, or a product derived from clay to minimize bacteria. Sulfur while mild, has antiseptic and disinfecting properties, so try something like Kate Somerville's Eradikate. This has a sulfur paste that spreads thick enough to easily stay on once you cover the wound.
One of the best products out there is Umbrian Clay Mask, which contains an Italian clay that soothes the skin, absorbs oil, and contains anti-inflammatory nettle. It's technically a mask, but I've dabbed it on everything from cysts to mosquito bites to remove redness and swelling. It's a multitalented Swiss Army knife of a beauty product.
Sometimes scars do result despite your best efforts. There are two types. Hyperpigmentation or dark spots tend to occur in people with darker, more melanin-heavy skin. These can be treated with a dark-spot corrector, try out Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Corrector or Retin-A, which helps the skin to turn over faster.
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