You have a date tonight. You want to look nice, fresh and radiant. You look in the mirror and a pimpleis staring right back at you. Not even your best concealer can cover it up. Now, you have the urge. You want to squeeze it. You really want to. Especially since pimples show up at the worst times. You search for the simplest, fastest way to get rid of it, and that’s to pop it.
It’s tempting — we’ve all felt that, but not of all us know the consequences of popping or squeezing a pimple. It won’t necessarily get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, skin doesn’t always react well to thetwo-finger acne treatment. Of course, it’s not the actual popping that’s going to cause damage; it’s that the popping might be done in a way that is unsafe or unhygienic.
Why and how? Squeezing can push bacteria and pus even deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. With that, scarring and scabbing may happen, and that’s far worse and much more permanent than a tiny little pimple. In some cases, it can also lead to an infection. Even if your pimple doesn’t scab over, make new pimples, or scar when you pop it, it will still take longer to heal. But that’s what we all want — for our pimple to heal faster, not longer!
So, hands off the zit. As enticing and tempting as it may be to pop it yourself, you may regret it if it scars. There are many over-the-counter acne treatments — such as those containing salicylic acid — that you can use to attack aalone, a blemish will heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or even lead to scarring.
It’s best to let a pimple run through its life span.
If you’re concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist.