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how to properly pop a pimple

How to properly pop a pimple

We’ve all been there – a pesky pimple appears right before an important event, and the temptation to pop it is overwhelming. While dermatologists advise against popping pimples due to the risk of scarring and infection, if you absolutely must, it’s critical to do it properly. This guide will walk you through the steps to safely and effectively pop a pimple.

Pimple 101

Pimples form when your skin’s oil glands overproduce oil and combine with dead skin cells, causing pores to become clogged. Popping a pimple incorrectly can push this debris further into the skin, leading to more inflammation, and even scarring.

the do's and don'ts of pimple popping

step 1 wait for the right time

Not every pimple is ready to be popped. You should only pop pimples with a white or yellow center, as this indicates that the pus is near the surface and ready to be drained.

step 2 wash your hands and face

Cleanliness is key to preventing infection. Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any oil or dirt on your skin’s surface.

step 3 use a warm compress

Apply a warm compress to the pimple for about five minutes. The heat will help bring the pus closer to the surface and make the pimple easier to pop.

step 4 the proper popping technique

Wrap clean tissues around each index finger. Gently apply pressure to the sides of the pimple. If it doesn’t drain easily, stop. Forcing the pimple could lead to damage and scarring.

step 5 apply antibacterial ointment

After popping, gently cleanse the area and apply a thin layer of over-the-counter antibacterial ointment to prevent infection.

This is also an opportune time to introduce specialized skincare products into your routine. For instance, consider using products like the 2% Salicylic Acid BHA Exfoliating Serum and the 14% Azelaic Acid Booster Complex from ISOMERS Skincare.

Simple Science Pore-Perfecting Duo

The Salicylic Acid Serum is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that can delve deep into congested pores, exfoliating from within and thereby reducing the chance of future breakouts. 

Following up with the Azelaic Acid Booster Complex can help refine your skin texture and reduce inflammation. These targeted products can aid in healing and improving your skin’s overall condition after a breakout.

step 6 let it heal

Resist the urge to touch the area and let it heal. Avoid applying makeup on the area until it’s fully healed to prevent further irritation.

Remember, while popping a pimple might provide short-term satisfaction, it doesn’t address the root cause of acne. Maintain a consistent skincare routine and consult a dermatologist for persistent acne issues.