If you dare someone to ask on the streets if they don’t like acne, I am 101% sure people would tell you they don’t. No one likes acne, no ifs or buts.
Why do people not like acne, you say? Not only do they look ugly, but they’re also quite challenging to cover up too, especially for larger-sized ones. Some acne can come in papules, postules, nodules, mild acne, or even develop into cysts. Even your blackheads and whiteheads are also acne.
Not only are they visually unpleasant to look at, but they also pose significant risks if left untreated or if they’re touched way too much.
Popping your pimples can be a force of habit or a pastime for some, and while they’re everyday habits, this is not encouraged and is not recommended as a treatment for acne. In fact, popping your pimples can make them worse and cause them to spread even more.
At worse, you could develop bruise-like lesions on the popped pimple area, and that’s probably the last thing you wished for when you decided to pop that pimple in the hopes of it going away.
But what do you do when the damage has been done? Popping pimples can often be hard to fix for some, so the next best solution we can come up with is how to treat a popped pimple and the bruises that come with it.
Read on to find out how to heal a popped pimple.
What is a pimple?
Acne comes in a variety of forms. Whiteheads are closed plugged pores, while blackheads are open plugged pores. The small, red, tender bumps are called papules, while large solid lumps under the skin are called nodules.
Pimples, on the other hand, are called pustules and are papules with pus at their tips.
Unlike other kinds of acne, pustules are big pimples with a bulging patch of skin that is often yellowish or white, called the pus. These pustules are tender and soft to touch, and they can also be sore. They usually develop on the face but can also appear on the neck, scalp, back, upper chest, buttocks, and other body parts.
Why you shouldn’t pop that pimple
Because these kinds of pimples come with pus, some people are tempted to pop that pimple in hopes that popping it would get rid of the pimple sooner. The white pus caused by the pimples are difficult to cover up with makeup, and they can be sore when touched, so many people choose to pop it early.
However, this practice should not be normalized. Popping a pimple can cause the bacteria and pus from the popped pimple to spread on the surrounding pores and cause the acne to spread, causing inflammation and an even worse outbreak. At the same time, scars coming from popped pimples take longer to heal than when you allow your pimples to heal naturally by leaving them alone.
Popping your pimples can often lead to blood-filled pimples. The term isn’t medically recognized, but they are coined this way because when pus-filled pimples are popped, the trauma on the skin pushes out the pus but also the blood in the irritated area. The irritations caused by pus popping pus out of the skin cause the surrounding area of the pimple to become red, blue, or sometimes bluish, making it look like it was punched or bruised.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Popping your pimple can also cause unfortunate cases of hyperpigmentation. While some hyperpigmentation isn’t as bad, popping pimples can cause the bacteria to be pushed deeper into the skin, leading to infection and making your pimple area bruise. When the pimple is popped, the acne cyst is aggravated and causes inflammation. Afterward, the cyst clears, and you are left with pigmentation, the colors of which can vary from red to brown to black, depending on a person’s skin type.
What to do after popping a pimple to get rid of bruises
So now that you know why you’re bruising, what should you do to heal a popped pimple and the bruises that come with it?
Leave it alone
As with any type of pimple or acne at any stage of development, the best treatment and prevention for pimples and their bruises is to leave them alone. This means do not prick, peel or touch your pimple.
In case of a freshly popped pimple, do not touch it further to avoid infections and spreading of bacteria. When your pimple has scabbed, or a bruise has formed over the pimple area due to the popping, allowing the pimple and the area to heal by itself. Our body is wired to repair itself from any injuries, and it is essential, especially with pimples, to let them heal on their own without any intervention as much as you can. Like wounds and bruises on the rest of our body, bruises from pimples will naturally disappear over time.
There are over-the-counter treatments to help heal bruises and prevent clogged pores that cause pimples. Topical retinoids are Vitamin A-based treatments and medications the reduce oil production in the skin.
Wear sunscreen daily
Sunscreen is already a daily routine one should be doing at least twice a day. Wearing sunscreen helps prevent discoloration on certain skin types, so applying sunscreen religiously can help heal the discoloration caused by the popping of the pimple.
Apply ice if swollen
If the area is swollen and bruised, putting ice wrapped on a clean towel can help in reducing pain and swelling. You can do this for 15 minutes, several times a day.
Keep the area clean
A popped pimple is just like an open wound, as well as the bruise that comes with it. The ways to heal a popped pimple are just as similar as to how you would treat a regular wound, which is, first and foremost, keeping the area clean.
If the pimple looks terrible and is very infected, you might want to stay away from putting on makeup, at least on the area of the bruise and infection, in the meantime.
Avoid irritating skincare
If you have a regular skincare routine consisting of strong chemicals, you might want to swap those out for gentler products. We are trying to avoid further irritation on the affected areas, so it is best to avoid strong chemicals in skincare like chemical exfoliants and serums.
Consult your dermatologist
If your pimple bruise doesn’t disappear over a long time, or if it has worsened over the days, it might be best to consider talking to your dermatologist. Pimples are simple and common infections and can usually be tended for through self-care. However, regularly monitor your pimples, and if they look worse and don’t get better, your doctor may prescribe stronger medications.