Should You Pop A Pimple?

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    The uncontrollable desire to pop a pimple lies within all of us. Nobody wants to walk around with a huge zit sitting in the middle of their face. But, before you squeeze the life out of that hideous pimple, stop and use your better judgement. We have been told a countless number of times not to pop a pimple. So is popping pimples bad? Let’s find out.

    Is It Ok To Pop A Pimple?

    Absolutely Not! Under no circumstance must you be tempted to pop or squeeze a pimple. Popping pimple will trigger unwanted consequences that lead to unnecessary problems. For further information, read the “Top Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Pop a Pimple” section down below.

    Do Dermatologists Recommend Popping Pimples?

    When it comes to popping pimple, the general rule is to avoid doing it at home. Popping the pimple can lead to infection and scarring which is risky. Specially, deep cysts and nodules should not be touched, let alone picking them. When acne outbreak appears on your face, the next best thing is to approach a certified aesthetician or a dermatologist who can guide you without upsetting the natural balance of your skin.

    Must Read: Acne Treatments – Medications, Peels And Comedone Extraction

    Dermatologists Know How To Remove Acne Safely 

    Once you have taken the necessary steps, your doctor will be able to evaluate a pimple in a proper manner and explain you on how to deal with it. Pimple examination helps identify the type of pimple. The next step is to understand if the pimple must be treated with an ointment, chemical peel treatment or a pimple extraction. In most cases, the doctor will recommend a simple ointment that must be applied twice or thrice a day for the pimple to reduce in size and redness.

    Acne Extraction Must Be Done By An Expert

    If there is a need to perform a pimple extraction, then the dermatologist will immediately suggest it. He/she will most likely extract the pimple in a professional, hygienic manner without leaving a scar or causing a new pimple to form in its place. A cream will be prescribed to further heal the skin pore and bring it back to its original condition.

    Why You Shouldn’t Pop A Pimple?

    Deep down, we know it’s bad to pop a pimple, but why? Here are top 10 reasons why it’s bad for your skin:

    1. Popping Pimples Cause Scars – Picking on scabs will lead to acne scars. Acne scars are the most difficult skin issue to deal with. They do not fade away easily, and they can take years to heal if not treated with products and treatment. Save yourself the time and leave the pimples alone.
    2. Leads To Redness And Swelling – Picking and popping will worsen a pimple and lead to swelling along with redness. Irritating the skin will only inflame the condition and give it a prominent appearance. It can further damage the pores as well.
    3. Causes More Pimples – Being impatient to let one pimple dry out on its own will lead to other more severe consequences. If you do pop a pimple, the pus inside will disperse to the surrounding area and cause 3 more to take its place.
    4. Likely To Become Infected – Touching the pus or even bursting the pimple will cause a bacterial infection making the situation worse. The pimples will be easily formed and controlling them will become difficult.
    5. Causes Scabs On Skin – Once the pimple is popped, the skin will start the healing process which will result in scabs. It will take additional time for the crust to dry and fall off on its own. Therefore letting the pimple dry will take less time then picking on it and allowing the scab to heal.
    6. Risk Of Skin Damage – After squeezing a pimple, the bacteria present inside the pimple will be pushed deeper into the pore. Even after the pimple has healed, the bacteria can surface on the skin and create more pimples.
    7. Causes Dark Blemishes And Discolored Skin – If acne scars do not form after picking on pimples, then hyperpigmentation is definitely the next occurrence. Dark marks or discoloration is left in the place of popped pimples. These marks can be difficult to erase and need cosmetic products to help them fade away.
    8. Pimple Won’t Go Away – Constantly picking on pimples will elongate the healing process. It will take more time to dry and fall off naturally. It’s best to leave it alone and allow the pimple to go away in its own time.

    Picking Pimple Is A Bad Habit

    Picking, popping, squeezing or any other action to remove pimples and not allowing it to heal naturally will encourage you to form a bad habit. This bad habit is easily formed and can lead to unwanted consequences like scarring and hyperpigmentation.

    How To Remove Pimple?

    Now that you know 10 viable reasons not to touch that pimple, its time you curb that habit. Let’s make a skin resolution today to not let anything come near that pimple. Why indulge something that robs us of our beauty?

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    About The Author

    Kushneet Kukreja

    Kushneet Kukreja

    A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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