Feeling like you “got” every last little bit out of that pesky little (or giant) pimple on your face can be one of the most gratifying feelings. Is it really that bad to pop pimples?
The short answer is, if done properly, it is not a bad thing to clear your skin of certain types of pimples. However, too many of us are not trained in the art of pimple extraction (leave that to your aesthetician) and wind up doing more harm than good.
- 1 The Anatomy of a Pimple
- 2 So…Should you Pop Pimples?
- 3 Safe Methods of Pimple Care
- 4 You may also like
The Anatomy of a Pimple
The wall of the hair follicle is called a pore, and when the pore becomes clogged, the pore wall can break, which can then lead to bacteria and debris spilling over into the deepest layer of skin, called the dermis.
When this break occurs, the body hurries to the rescue, attempting to heal the skin. When the white blood cells rush to the rescue, pus results in their wake. The combination of dead skin cells, oil, and pus give this type of pimple its namesake – a whitehead – because it quite literally has a white head.
So…Should you Pop Pimples?
It is never a good idea to pop pimples on your face for a multitude of reasons, including:
You can make the pimple worse
When you pop a pimple, your endgame is to release and clear out all the pus in that whitehead. The truth is, though, by popping that pimple, you might actually be forcing more dirt and bacteria deeper into the skin, which can cause further infection. From there, a new whitehead can form, and the cycle will continue if you continue to try and pop it. Which can lead to…
The more you pick at a pimple, the increased likelihood there is of leaving some permanent damage behind, especially if the pimple doesn’t have a head on it. Picking and prodding and attempting to pop a pimple that isn’t a whitehead can lead to scabbing, which can lead to scarring, and scarring is far more difficult to cover up than a temporary blemish that you should have left well enough alone.
If you pick one pimple it can lead to two…or three more pimples
If you were an acne-prone teenager, your mother likely yelled some incarnation of, “Keep your hands off your face!” a time or two. Well, as usual, you should have listened to your mother.
Not only can potential bacteria and oils from your fingers penetrate the skin and create blemishes, but so can the debris you extract were you to pop pimples. The oils and bacteria can spread, creating more blemishes.
You can damage the skin
Through the simple act of popping a pimple, you’re actually tearing the skin which is nothing more than an open wound. Not to mention, excessive pimple picking can also lead to hyperpigmentation, dark spots that appear on the skin as a result of inflammation from popping blemishes.
Safe Methods of Pimple Care
Acne comes in many forms and can appear on the face, chest, back, and even buttocks. In order to effectively treat acne-prone skin, it’s important to understand what your acne reveals about your health.
Once you understand the potential cause of your acne, you can move forward with a safe and effective treatment option. And there are several safe and effective ways to rid your skin of blemishes without picking a single pimple.
Wash your face with a natural, gentle cleanser
A daily skincare routine is key to keeping the skin clean and pimple free. In the morning, wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, like the CBDMEDIC™ Natural Foaming Facial Cleanser. Formulated for even the most sensitive skin types, our non-comedogenic cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup while leaving natural moisture in the skin so it is not left feeling dry. With emollients such as CBD hemp and jojoba oils to moisturize and refresh the skin, skin will be left smooth and blemish-free
Use an alcohol-free toner
Using an alcohol-free toner to remove any excess dirt and oil your cleanser might have missed is also recommended. Use after you cleanse your face for an extra deep clean. It is important to make sure your toner is alcohol-free, as alcohol can age your skin over time and cause excess dryness.
Use a spot treatment
Spot treatments are an effective way to treat pimples after they have formed. It is best to use spot treatments after you have cleansed and toned the skin, and allowed the skin to dry.
CBDMEDIC’s Acne Treatment Medicated Cream is a naturally-derived medicated cream and contains 1% salicylic acid intended to penetrate deep into the skin to reduce inflammation and dissolve the bacteria, debris, and oils clogging your pores. This medicated cream can quickly help clear up pimples and blemishes while soothing angry skin, and prevent further breakouts from occurring
Moisturize the skin
Yes, it may seem counterintuitive to apply a moisturizer after you just removed excess moisture, or if you have oily skin. But if you don’t moisturize, the skin can actually over-produce oil when it tries to compensate for the moisture that’s been lost. The result is skin that’s oilier than it was before, which can then lead to breakouts.
Following a proper nighttime skincare routine is also vitally important to remove any make-up, sweat, and dirt that’s accumulated on your skin throughout the day. Again, wash the face, apply a toner and acne spot treatment, followed by a hydrating night cream.
Additional ways to keep pimples at bay include eliminating greasy, high-fat foods and dairy from your diet. Instead, opt for antioxidant-rich foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Such foods include salmon, eggs, grass-fed beef, wild rice, flax, and leafy greens like spinach or kale.
So, next time you see a pimple forming on your face, remember the prime directive: don’t pop it! Follow these simple skincare tips for smooth, blemish-free skin.