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Article: How To Pop Pimples Properly

How To Pop Pimples Properly

How To Pop Pimples Properly

When dealing with acne-prone skin, it can be very challenging to resist popping pimples throughout the day. What may be very satisfying at the time, can actually make matters worse if not done properly. 

Continue reading to learn why dermatologists do it best, and practical tips for popping pimples at home.

Dermatologists Do it Best

Dermatologists recommend letting the experts pop pimples for you. This is due to a variety of issues that may be caused by popping pimples on your own. First of all, the bacteria on your hands can get into your pores, exacerbating pimple growth even further. Furthermore, without using the correct technique when squeezing comedones out, the contents of the pimple can be pushed farther into the skin causing a deeper problem. 

Dermatologists know how to best keep the face sterile while extracting and will take care to protect the skin afterward. Additionally, they will often use a steamer or hot towel prior to the extraction process to open the pores, allowing the contents of pimples to be easily removed. 

For deeper and more painful acne blemishes such as cysts and nodules, going to your dermatologist is the best way to alleviate the symptoms. Dermatologists will sometimes inject corticosteroid to aid the skin as it fights the inflammation.[1] Dermatologists may also safely make an incision with a sterile blade or needle on the surface of painful acne cysts and nodules to drain the contents. Only trained and licensed professionals should perform these procedures.

Popping Pimples at Home

It is highly recommended to always have a licensed dermatologist perform acne extractions, however, If you absolutely cannot make it to the dermatologist follow these steps to ensure you protect your skin and don’t make matters worse.

  1. First, wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap and your face with a gentle face wash.
  2.  Use a facial steamer or hot towel on your face to open up your pores. 
  3. Never put your fingers directly on your face, instead use cotton rounds, tissue paper wrapped around your fingers, or Q-Tips. Squeeze from each side of the pimple, never making contact with the pustule itself. If the contents of the pimple do not come out easily, stop your efforts immediately. 
  4. Apply a toner or astringent to the affected areas with a sterile cotton ball or round.
  5. Protect your face with an SPF to avoid scarring and pigmentation issues.
  6. Wear a protective foundation like Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation to help prevent picking throughout the day.

Remember to keep your hands off your face. Picking can lead to scarring and further irritation and inflammation. If you pick habitually, wear gloves during activities you tend to pick such as watching TV or driving. The gloves will be a great reminder that you are taking action and care for your skin! 


American Academy of Dermatology

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