As someone who has tried everything under the sun to treat acne, I can tell you that popping pimples is not the way to go. Not only will this likely cause more breakouts, but it could also lead to scarring or infection. If you have moderate or severe acne, make sure you see a dermatologist for proper treatment! If you have mild acne, there are things you can do to treat it at home. There are many over-the-counter products available that can help clear up your skin and prevent future breakouts. You should also see a dermatologist to make sure there isn’t anything else going on inside your body that’s causing acne flare-ups.
Popping pimples can seem like the ultimate win-win: You get rid of an annoying blemish, and you’re left with a satisfying zit-free, smooth patch of skin.
Popping pimples can seem like the ultimate win-win: You get rid of an annoying blemish, and you’re left with a satisfying zit-free, smooth patch of skin. While this may be true for some people, the majority of us can only enjoy the satisfaction of popping our acne for so long before we notice the damage it’s caused. Pimple popping has been linked to scarring, more pimples forming due to trauma on your skin and even infections if you don’t clean your hands or use sterile tools.
Another downside? Popping violently or overzealously can cause redness and irritation if you’re not careful!
Unfortunately, popping a pimple isn’t a great idea.
Unfortunately, popping a pimple isn’t a great idea. Although it might seem like the only solution at the time and you’ll definitely feel relieved when it’s over, there are many reasons why this is not a good option.
The first reason has to do with scarring. When you pop a pimple, you can cause scarring on your skin that will be permanent and unsightly—not something anyone wants!
Another problem with popping pimples is that if they are infected or contain pus, this substance can get into your bloodstream and cause sepsis (blood poisoning). This can lead to organ failure, so it’s important not to mess around with infected pimples!
Popping pimples also increases your risk of developing acne again in the future because squeezing makes blood vessels expand more than normal which sets off an inflammatory response which leads to more breakouts down the road
While it’s true that acne, especially severe acne, might require medical treatment to clear up and prevent scarring, most people can be proactive in preventing and managing milder breakouts at home.
Acne, that nastiest of skin conditions, is caused by a combination of factors. These include genetics, hormones, bacteria and your skin type.
It can be treated with over-the-counter topical medications or prescription drugs. You can also try home remedies such as using warm compresses or lemon juice to treat whiteheads (closed comedones). In addition to this treatment option you could also try reducing your intake of sugar and dairy products which will help your body regulate its hormone levels better helping to clear up acne breakouts for good!
Here’s what you should know about popping pimples.
When you pop a pimple, you are essentially squeezing out all of the gunk that is clogging up your pores. This can be good for some people because it will get rid of bacteria, but it can also make your acne worse. If you have closed comedones (white heads), popping them could cause an infection or scarring.
Most importantly, popping pimples spreads bacteria and infections around your face which can cause even more breakouts in other areas!
Just because you can’t see the infection in your skin doesn’t mean it’s not there.
The main reason you should pop a pimple is because it’s an infection and not to look pretty. Just because you can’t see the bacteria in your skin doesn’t mean it’s not there, and these little guys are causing your pimples to get worse. They are also causing them to get infected, making them bigger, and they may even cause scars on your face if they stay untreated.
So just remember: popping whiteheads can make all of these things worse!
Secondly, when bacteria is introduced into the pore during popping or scratching, inflammation can occur and lead to a more noticeable blemish.
When you pop a pimple, especially when it is white and inflamed, you are introducing bacteria into the pore. Even if you can’t see the bacteria itself, it’s there. Bacteria can cause inflammation in your skin which will make acne flare up. The more inflammation that occurs, the more likely it is that pimples will grow larger and become redder in appearance.
When you pop a zit, you are introducing the infected material inside to other areas of your face — increasing your chance of acne flare ups on other areas of your face.
When you pop a zit, you are introducing the infected material inside to other areas of your face — increasing your chance of acne flare ups on other areas of your face. You can also spread the infection to other people (they will be so grateful) and even more frighteningly, to other areas on your own body (OMG).
In conclusion: If a whitehead is coming out anyway, leave it alone.
“If you touch or squeeze pimples that have come to a head, they will most likely become redder and potentially larger.”
If you’ve made the decision to pop a pimple, there are a few things you can do to ensure your experience is as close to painless as possible. If you’re popping a whitehead, try using a sterile needle or safety pin to gently extract the pus from under your skin. The same goes for blackheads: Use a sterile needle or safety pin to gently extract oil clumps from under your skin and apply tea tree oil afterward. This will help prevent scarring from forming on top of your pimple and keep it from becoming infected with bacteria.
Popping pimples with your fingernails also increases your risk of spreading skin infections from person-to-person or even from one area of skin to another on your own body.
While you may be tempted to pop an acne breakout with your fingernails, it is important to know that doing so can lead to a variety of infections. For example, if you have an open wound on your hand and come into contact with someone else’s blood, there is a chance that those germs could become embedded in your skin. This can cause infections such as staph or MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) which can lead to serious health problems if left untreated.
If you are interested in popping pimples with your fingers rather than using tools like extractors or dermoscopes (which we’ll cover later), keep reading for some tips and tricks for reducing infection risk!
Popping pimples also increases the risk for dark marks or scars to develop on the skin where active acne lesions are present.
Popping pimples also increases the risk for dark marks or scars to develop on the skin where active acne lesions are present. If you pop pimples, you can cause scabs and pock marks. Plus, popping pimples can lead to uneven skin tone and discoloration in general.
If you’re looking for a way to treat your acne that doesn’t involve popping pimples or picking at your skin, we recommend trying an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide cream. This medication works by reducing the production of sebum, which can help decrease acne breakouts. You can also try using an emollient cleanser to keep your skin supple and hydrated, as well as an anti-inflammatory serum that contains ingredients like green tea extract or chamomile oil (which have anti-bacterial properties). If none of these options work out for you and the acne keeps coming back time after time, then it might be time to consult with our dermatologist who specializes in treating patients with problematic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis!