Dermatologists usually don’t advise patients to pop pimples on their own. However, if you absolutely have to, follow these steps to safely pop your pimples.
Do you pop your pimples? You’re probably doing it wrong and potentially making the infection even worse. Here’s the right way to pop your pimples.
First, wait until the pimple forms a firm, white head. This is a sign that the infectious pus is near the surface, which makes it easier to extract.
Next, sterilize a straight pin. Then, wipe both the pimple and pin with rubbing alcohol. This kills outside bacteria that might get under the skin and could worsen the infection.
Now, it’s popping time! Use the pin to puncture the pimple’s tip. Place cotton swabs near the pimple’s base.
Guide the pus up and out by gently squeezing the base. Do not use your hands, says Diane Madfes, MD, because it can introduce bacteria from your hands into the pimple and worsen the infection.
Finally, treat the wound with either: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or witch hazel. Caution: Popping pimples can lead to scarring.
Dermatologists don’t even recommend you do it yourself. If you have acne, consult a dermatologist on best treatment options. Your skin will thank you, later.
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