Why You Shouldn’t Pop a Pimple

There are two types of people in the world: those who enjoy Dr. Pimple Popper videos and those who feel a little queasy when something of that nature comes across their feed. Regardless of what category you fall into, chances are you have popped your own pimple or two at some point in your life. We are here to tell you this is a huge skincare don’t. Let this be a habit of your past and nothing more. Why and what should you do instead? Clinically Clear Atlanta is here to help answer why you shouldn’t pop a pimple and more. 

Why shouldn’t I pop my pimples? 

Reason #1

Let’s review what causes a pimple. This occurs when your sebaceous glands overproduce oil. This causes dead skin cells to become trapped below the surface, setting the perfect stage for acne bacteria to thrive. When you make an attempt to pop one of these bad boys, at least three things can happen. First, you risk bruising the surrounding pores and tissues, creating inflammation and swelling. Second (related to the first), you can force that bacteria further down into your pores resulting in a bigger bump, infection, and delayed healing. Third, you are likely to spread that excess gunk around to other areas of your skin. All of these create the ideal conditions for more pesky breakouts. 

Reason #2 

Acne scars – a balanced complexion’s worst nightmare. Acne scars can range from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (“dark spots”), tiny dents “ice pick scars”, and other textural scars such as keloid, boxcar, and rolling scars. 

There are several ways popping your pimples can lead to scarring which in most cases, may never completely go away. Some of the contributing factors to this would be trying to pop before the pimple before it  is ready, picking at it, squeezing cystic acne, bursting the pimple, using a pin to pop it, having someone else pop it, or even “re-popping” the zit you popped the night before. All of these can create scars in the form of discolorations, tiny holes “ice pick scars”, or uneven texture to name a few. 

Hopefully knowing how easy it is too create a scar will encourage you to steer clear of everyone’s common bad habit and save your skin.

What should I do instead of popping my pimples?

Option #1 

Cleanse, spot treat, and ice. In other words, follow your normal skincare routine, but with a few tweaks. During this time it can feel like you should be aggressive with your skin – this is not the time. Make sure you are maintaining a healthy morning and evening skincare routine consisting of a pre-cleanser, cleanser, toner, treatment and moisturizer. You may add spot treatment to your pimple in thin layers several times per day. More product at at a time isn’t better… it risks drying the outer layer of your skin and pushing that acne bacteria further down into your pore. You can (and should) apply ice  to inflamed pimples for a few minutes several times per day to relieve redness, swelling, and pain. 

You should be using products that your esthetician recommends. The good news is: our team specializes in adult acne as well as teen acne. That means that during a consultation we are able to match you with the products for your skin and acne condition to fight back. This includes as treatment serums, exfoliators, and spot treatments.

Option #2 

Save the picking for the professionals! Clinically Clear Acne Treatment Solutions in Atlanta is passionate that you should not pick at your pimples. So passionate, that we offer our clients with complimentary professional “zit popping”, otherwise known as “emergency extractions” in between their typical facial treatments. Got a big event coming up or a big date? Or you simply woke up with a screamer this morning? Give us a call. Our estheticians have decades of experience carefully extracting (popping) pimples. They’ll prepare your skin properly to minimize the risk of bruising, disinfect the area before and after, and wave our magic high-frequency tool over the area to kill any remaining bacteria. Then they’ll apply spot treatment (and of course SPF) and send you on your way. 

Clinically Clear (Acne Treatment Solutions) believes everyone should feel confident in their own skin.  Acne is a confounding problem and can wreak havoc on our self-image. No one should not have to tackle these issues alone, so visit your acne specialist today. I know it may seem excessive to make an appointment over a pimple rather than handling it yourself. Trust me, with patience your skin will thank you in the long run!  

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