Popping a pimple isn’t as easy as it sounds. Moreover the worst thing a girl can wake up to is looking in the mirror and finding a pimple on her face. Apart from the screaming and yelling, most will try to pop the pimple but that’s when you need to be careful, popping a pimple when it isn’t ready can lead to infection, skin inflammation and swelling too.
So what happens when you pop a pimple or when you should pop one? What you really should know is what happens when you forcefully pop a pimple. Besides all of this, it could also lead to a scar.
How a pimple looks before a pop
The pimple that you see one day in the mirror could well have been developing for some time beneath the skin’s surface .
The blemish that you see on one sudden day, has actually been brewing for quite some time under the surface of your skin. Dermatologist David E banks says that many people fail to realize that it takes 8 weeks for a pore to get blocked till it forms into a pimple. This also means you are 8 weeks too late in applying those pimple creams.
Learn to recognize the type of pimple before you pop it
Identifying the type of pimple and whether it is ready to pop is important for the safety of your skin.
These look like dark flat clogs that also resemble plugs in the skin. They don’t hurt when you pop them and are also easily visible.
These are white tiny bumps that are dome shapes and have no openings that are easily visible. Whiteheads also don’t hurt and can be easily spotted on the skin.
Papules are skin colored or red bumps with no visible liquid or pus. They are lesser than 5 mm and can be painful or painless depending on their size.
Pustules are solid larger bumps that are always filled with pus which is easily visible. They are red when they first appear and slowly turn yellow and crusty. They are also tender to touch and can be painful.
Larger than pustules and papules, cysts grow more than 5 mm and are usually painless but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned. Consult a doctor whenever you feel or see any painless lump on your body. Cysts can become painful once they turn yellow.
Why you shouldn’t pop out a pimple
When you develop acne, the skin tightens around the pore of a pimple. That traps acne inside which grows but does not flow towards the surface of the skin. If you squeeze a pimple the walls of the pores are injured which results in more inflammation due to the stimulation of bacteria inside the pimple. When you squeeze out pus and oil, skin then starts growing over the wound blocking the acne inside it. This may then result in a nodule or nasty cyst. That is why you should not pop pimples. Instead you should use some of these remedies mentioned below.
Benzoyl peroxide to pimples
The most common and frequently used antiseptic for skin inflammation. The chemical fizzes out and foams over the bacteria killing it in a dual action. Hydrogen peroxide as one of its ingredients releases oxygen that retards the acne and kills it. Benzoic acid then prevents the bacteria from processing glucose for cellular regeneration. Whatever bacteria survive then becomes dormant.
Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil is an excellent natural remedy for acne but it takes a bit of time to act. The herbal extract is oil that kills the bacteria and reduces pimples making them less visible. However you should first find out whether you are allergic to such ingredients. Applying lime to a pimple can also effectively reduce a pimple and is perhaps the safest way to get rid of one. Benzoyl acid and tee tree oil are available as creams and gels but they aren’t effective for removing black heads or whiteheads.
Never forcefully pop a pimple and always consult your doctor before applying any medicated cream to your skin.