Having any kind of inflammation of the skin can be irritating and embarrassing especially when they appear on the face. These inflammations range from rashes, acne, and pimples accompanied by itching and redness, etc. Pimples usually occur when small skin lesions also known as sebaceous glands or oil glands which are located at the base of hair follicles, gets infected with bacteria. The infected gland becomes overactive, swells up, and then accumulates pus.
When you’re staring in the mirror and a pimple is staring right back at you, the first thought that comes to mind is how to get rid of the protrusion as soon as possible. This urge could be really strong, you just want to squeeze the pus out of your face. It happens to everyone, and worse so when it usually appears at a not-so-good time – right before a party, a special date, a family thanksgiving or just on the day of a photo shoot.
You should not pick at your skin let alone burst pimples if you haven’t mastered the act properly. Popping pimples the wrong way can cause more harm to the already hurting skin. Dermatologists even suggest that some pimples such as cysts and nodules should never be popped at all because of their after effects. Trying to pop nodules and cysts make them take a longer time to heal, the research revealed. Even milia— the tiny white bumps often confused for acne — are best popped by dermatologists or aestheticians.
Aside from the risk of more infection from the ruptured pimple, more breakouts, and a host of other unpleasant things, you could also obtain a long-lasting scar and open and closed comedones – better known as blackheads, from a simple whitehead pimple. This article gives top seven reasons why you should not burst pimples indiscriminately and how to extract them like a pro.
7 Simple Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Burst Pimples
1. It results in scarring/dark spots that are not easy to treat/fade.
2. There is a risk of bacterial infection and possible allergy. By just touching the infected area with your dirty hands or any of your infected skin with your dirty fingers or gadgets like phones could help spread the infection.
3. Busting pimples result in more breakouts. The pus may scatter and splatter around the surrounding pores.
4. Squeezing pimples hurt and in some cases causes serious skin inflammation and redness.
5. Popping pimples could create a wound and discoloration that even the best skin care products may not even be able to correct.
6. When you burst pimples, it becomes harder to cover them up, revealing blemishes which wouldn’t give you a flawless makeup finish.
7. It can cause scarring which may take forever to heal.
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Why Burst it Anyway?
Think of a pimple as a little sack that holds oil, debris, and acne bacteria, says dermatologist Zakiya Rice, MD, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Burst it Like a Pro
Sometimes, it can be tough to resist the temptation to squeeze the pus out of that bright red zit on your cheek, chin, or nose. If you’re going to do it, there’s a proper way, says dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, MD, of Sebastopol, Calif.
Dermatologists and well-trained estheticians know how to get rid of a pimple safely without causing further harm to the skin. They wear gloves and do not use bare fingers to contact a pimple, some lance a pimple with a sterile needle, then remove the contents with an instrument called a comedone extractor. Why not leave this dirty job for the pros to handle, it may cost you just a few Naira but the result is worth more than a broken face with pus leaking out profusely.
However, if you must do it yourself, the best time to pop that pimple may be when the spot is no longer tender and red, and the whitehead looks like it’s “bulging” out of the skin
In summary, popping up your pimples can be a nasty habit you wouldn’t want to pick up at all, let alone develop. To avoid this bad behavior, it’s better to overlook it but if you must pick on it or pop it, due processes must be followed.
Watch this video: How to Pop a Pimple on Your Skin the Right Way. It may give you an insight on how to do it yourself if you can’t afford to do it in a spa.