How to Pop a Pimple
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: April 5th, 2012 Comments: 13

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!


Let the discussion begin!

  • brenda - April 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Hey there, pls I’ve had pimples since I was 10 nd am 24yrs nau. Wen I was abt 19 I started using d hot water method. I would deep a towel inside a bowl of hot boiling water and place is all over mi face, it actually helped me because d pimples gradually started decreasing but. The pores on mi face is now so much. I have huge pores on my face and I think its as a result of the hiot water towel method I adapted. Pls any suggestion as to wot I can do to stop this? Thank you.

  • Ben Rowan - April 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Brenda, I’m not sure about this but I’ve heard that after cleaning your face with hot water, you should apply cold water or rub ice cubes over your face. The hot water opens the pores and washes off the impurities and you need to close the pores using cold water. Again I’m saying, I’m not sure that cold water will help you. Or just google about cleaning the face with cold water. I’m 17 and I also have pimples. :-\

  • Mich - April 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Brenda,

    Why don’t you try using a toner? A toner closes and tighten up pores!


  • phumi - May 2, 2012 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Had something like a cyst or nod tried to pop it and my left side is swollen. Wht shud I do? I knew I didn’t have to pop it but I couldn’t leave it staring @ me. Pls help!

  • norma - May 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    hello good people,my skin is brown and i had pimples when i was 17,i squeezed them and now i have dark spots on my face,how do i get rid of this dark spots? Please help! I miss being confident

  • norma - May 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    i have brown skin,please help me on how to get rid of dark spots left by pimples. Help!

  • mavs - May 30, 2012 at 3:01 am - Reply

    I’m 16 years old,and I have severe acne. I try a lot of brand cream (one of them is Benzac, benzoyl peroxide) and I also tried Cethaphil and tea tree oil. But my acne is not gone and its getting worst. can I ask help from you? or just an opinion how to get rid off my acne. I don’t want to tease me because of my pimples.

    • Luana - September 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Mavs, I have the same problem as you. I’m 15 years old and I have tried many solutions from the doctor over the years (1st it was creams, then it went up to tablets, and then stronger tablets.) They didn’t work so I went back just about two months ago to the doctor and he told me I could try very strong and effective tablets which do work, apparently or I had to go to the hospital to get special treatment. I suggest going to your doctor and telling him/her about your problem. They will most likely help you from there 🙂

  • smith - May 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Hi brenda, i have the answr 4 ur prblm mail me

  • Alin - September 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I have dark spot too cause by acne. I really want to know how to get rid of it.

  • Kirsty - September 18, 2012 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Ask your doctor to put you on the mini pill. I swear by it! It clears achne and balances your hormones.

  • Kay - September 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’m 13 years old and i have A few zits on my face, but you can also see all the pores on my face. Also the inner coreners of my nose get very oily and i would like to know if you guys have any advice for me… thanks!

  • Sam - February 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I’m 13 and don’t really break out a lot . My friends always ask me how I do it. I use exfoliating pads from the store . It doesn’t really matter what brand . It cleans the skin of black heads and it makes my skin really smooth . I usually follow with home made toner . I just put half a lemons juice and some water in a bottle . My skin is really smooth as long as you keep up with it . Just finish off with some face lotion (:

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