There’s nothing worse than waking up one morning, facing the mirror, and seeing a fresh pimple popping up your once clear face. You get the urge to pop them right then and there, but then you second guess because what can popping a pimple do to your face?
Pimples and acnes are facts of life. If you are one of the few very blessed people who don’t even get pimples, good for you! We’re not jealous at all. However, pimples exist and are experienced by most people no matter the age, no matter where.
Pimples don’t just grow on the face but can also grow on your neck, chest, and back.
The development of acne can range from mild to severe. Some acne conditions are worse than others and may grow in significant parts of the face in lumps, while some are lucky to have one or two grow here and there.
However severe your acnes get, there’s no denying that their existence dramatically negatively affects one’s self-esteem, quality of life, mood, and comfort.
For this very reason, many people often get the urge to pop their pimples with the hopes of it disappearing sooner than later, unknowing of the worse situation that could happen when the infection and bacteria from these pimples spread even more.
Why do people pop pimples?
People can be obsessed with popping pimples, but is there a science, a reason, or art behind this?
According to Times Magazine, we can tie this urge to pop pimples with the human disgust reflex. People who like popping their pimples have this disgust un anything that looks filthy, including pimple pus and pimple scabs.
People who are pickers and scratchers find satisfaction in popping a zit or scratching off scabs because it makes them feel less disgusted despite the knowledge that touching acne or pimples can spread the inflammation or cause permanent scarring.
Pros and cons of popping a pimple
You might think, “What pros can popping a pimple possibly have?” when everyone is so adamant on telling not to pop pimples anyway?
The cons of popping a pimple are that without professional intervention and proper care when doing it yourself, you’re highly likely to end up spreading the infection over other parts of your face and cause scarring.
However, popping pimples can be good, too, especially when done correctly, carefully, and at the right time. Careful removal of the excess pus makes pimples easier to conceal and helps lessen the pain and discomfort caused by the pus and the duration.
Some people also find pleasure in popping their pimples, and the satisfying feeling can also be a good reason on their part.
Here’s to say that you can pop a pimple, but there are correct ways to do it. If you’re looking at how to safely pop a pimple, read on.
Pimple popping alternatives
Hold on, before deciding to pop that pimple, why don’t we try exploring other alternatives you might want to consider?
The best way to pop your pimples other than popping them yourself is to go to a trusted dermatologist. Your dermatologists will have the proper tools to use to avoid spreading the bacteria rather than when you do it yourself.
There are ways on how to make a pimple pop on its own, for example, by applying a hot compress on the affected area. Using a hot compress can soothe the pain of the pimple with pus and will help open the pores.
Various over-the-counter spot treatments will help in healing the pimple. These spot treatments will include chemicals like salicylic acid, sulfur, and benzoyl peroxide and can be found in your local drug stores as these work best in your pustules or pimples with pus.
How to safely pop a pimple
If these methods didn’t work, or if you would rather pop the pimple on your own, here are some ways on how to safely pop pimples:
Consider the state of your acne
The only kind of acne that one should consider popping are noninflamed acne like blackheads, whiteheads. In general, you should never pop inflamed acne like red pimples without a white head and big inflamed, deep blemishes.
If you are adamant about popping pimples with pus, consider the following suggestions:
Grab a straight pin or needle, a match or lighter, and alcohol. Make sure your hands and your nails are cleaned thoroughly before the process. Treat popping pimples like a surgical procedure and keep everything sterilized and clean, from your tools to your hands.
Clean your pin or needle with alcohol, then hold the pin parallel to the skin while popping the white head gently. Make sure to prick gently so that only the pus or the white head comes out of the skin.
If blood comes out, chances are you’ve pricked too deep into the skin. This shouldn’t hurt as you’re only pricking the bulging white head, but if it does, it means that you’re poking deeply than you should or that your pimple isn’t ready to be popped yet.
Grab a clean tissue or cotton swab and gently wipe the pricked pimple around (not on top) to help drain the pus out.
How to Pop a blind pimple
Is there a way on how to pop a blind pimple? The answer is no. Unlike pustules, blind pimples aren’t anywhere near the skin’s surface, and popping them is not possible. Instead, you can help treat a blind pimple by applying a warm compress so that the heat opens up the pores and helps the pimple surface and create a head.
In making a warm compress, hold it on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes until it comes to a head and releases pus.
You can also try pimple stickers, acne treatments, or tea tree oil to help relieve blind pimples.
Popping a cystic pimple
Compared to pustules, cystic pimples are painful pus-filled pimples deep under the skin rather than at its head. They are also called nodulocystic acne, where large acne cysts penetrate deep into the skin. They take longer to heal and have greater chances of scarring.
If you’re wondering how to pop a cystic pimple, you might want to second guess. Pus on cystic pimples are found deep down in the skin, and there’s no way to pop them safely by yourself.
Rather than popping cystic pimples, you can help shrink cystic pimples with some home care remedies. You can help reduce the swelling by following these simple steps:
Step #1 – Remove any makeup, oil, and dirt by washing with a gentle cleanser or a pH-balanced cleanser.
Step #2 – Apply a cool pressure on the cystic pimple by wrapping ice or a cool pack with a clean towel
Step #3 – Perform a cold compress for 5-10 minutes.
You can also use topical treatments that contain 2% benzoyl peroxide.
Do not pop, squeeze or prick a cystic pimple as this may cause to lead the infection deeper into the skin.