It’s so hard not to want to pop a pimple when it’s just sitting there on your face, staring at you every time you look in the mirror. It’s honestly best if you just leave the pimple alone, to heal on its own, but we at Acne Skin Site rarely hear of people waiting patiently to let their pimples go away without doing some kind of “surgery” on them. When you pop pimples on your face, you will almost always break out more in that area because the fluid from the pimple that you squeeze will seep into other pores in your skin, thus leading to more pimples. You also risk serious scarring and possible infection if you don’t have clean hands or fingernails when attempting to pop a pimple. It’s important to note that you should NEVER attempt to pop a cyst or nodule. An appointment with your dermatologist is needed for this type of lesion, and more than likely he or she will use a cortisone injection to bring the swelling down.
Only pop a pimple if it has formed a white head at the surface of the skin and it’s best to pop after your shower or after cleansing your face.
Here are the proper steps:
1. Disinfect a sewing needle with a sharp point with some rubbing alcohol and a Kleenex or q-tip.
2. Gently prick the sharp point of the needle into the head of the pimple.
3. Using your fingertips (not your fingernails) or two q-tips, gently squeeze the sides of the pimple, forcing the puss to come out. Don’t force anything to come out if it won’t. This is when blood or clear fluid will come out and can make your pimple turn into an infected cut on your face, possibly causing severe scarring to be left on your face.
4. Dab a Kleenex on your popped pimple for a few minutes after popping, to collect any extra fluid that may come out so it doesn’t seep into other areas of your skin.
If your popped pimple becomes a cut from not listening to our advice above, use a little Neosporin on the affected area once daily to stop any infections from occurring and to speed the healing process. Make sure to wash your face morning and night and to follow with an oil-free moisturizer. But again, if possible, avoid popping at all costs!