When it comes to zits and pimple popping, dermatologists have a general rule for the public: Don’t do it at home.
Popping your own zits can result in infection and permanent blemishing, irritating them could make them a lot worse.
Zits are painful, they have terrible timing, and can become swollen and stuffed with pus at the worst moments, here’s some tips on how to deal with your zits.
Some zits and pimples should not be touched.
Let’s start with cysts and nodules — the hard, swollen, painful bumps implanted deep in the skin.
Deep nodules and cysts, you should never touch. Attempting to pop them greatly increases the amount of time needed for them to be healed. Instead, exercising regularly is the best choice. If you have enough of a budget, you can see a dermatologist for an injection that will make the bulge smaller.
Open and closed comedones — better known as blackheads and whiteheads— are easily handled by a professional, who can utilize comedone extractors to softly clear out pores.
Pustules are the one type of pimple that you can pop at home — but only if you do it right.
The majority of people think that Pustules are zits: Red and swollen with a white head at the center. The stuff that you’re removing is a pus, which contains dead white blood cells produced in the site of the blocked pore.
To pop a pustule, we suggest the following steps:
- Wash your hands completely + underneath of your fingernails.
- Wipe the pustule with some rubbing alcohol.
- Use your fingers to apply gentle pressure on both sides of the pustule.
- If it doesn’t clear out with gentle pressure, stop popping it.
If the pustule’s are not ready, it’s not ready. Don’t keep pushing it down on the skin, and don’t poke it with your fingernails.
Then follow these steps for post-popping care.
The way you handle the pimple also matters after you popped it. You should use some over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, which will help lessen inflammation. After that, a drop of Vaseline helps maintain the now-open wound from scratching.
And if you’re getting more pimples/zits, remember that popping is probably one of the least effective ways to deal with the problem.