There are many conflicting opinions about whether or not it’s a good idea to pop a zit. Opponents of pimple-popping claim that it can cause the bacteria which causes pimples to spread, thereby creating an opportunity for more zits to appear. Even worse, they claim that popping a zit can even result in permanent scarring of the skin. On the other hand, most of us have popped a zit at one time or another, regardless of the warnings. If you do prefer to pop your pimples, here is how to do it safely.
1. Wash your hands. Although the odds of getting an infection from bacteria on your hands when popping a zit are slim, it still pays to take the necessary precautions. Putting on a pair of latex gloves to pop a zit may be a little extreme, but washing your hands in soap and water in just common sense and good hygiene.
2. Wash your face. Washing your face with warm water will open the skin’s pores, making zit popping much easier and less damaging to the epidermis.
3. Squeeze gently. Using the tips of your fingers, gently squeeze the pimple. Never use your fingernails when popping a zit; this can break the surface of the skin, possibly resulting in scarring. If the pimple doesn’t pop with gentle pressure, leave it alone and try again the following day. It is never a good idea to squeeze the skin too hard, since this can result in bruising, irritation, and damage to the skin tissue.
4. Wash your face again. This time, use cold water in order to close the pores. This will help prevent bacteria from re-entering the freshly-popped zit.
5. Apply ointment. After you are done popping the zit, apply a dab of an anti-biotic ointment, such as Neosporin, in order to prevent the area from becoming infected and to speed up the healing process. You can also swab the area with an astringent toner to help kill bacteria and to remove excessive oils from the skin.
Popping a zit rarely has any serious consequences, but it has been known to happen. Therefore it is always a good idea to follow the tips listed above in order to minimize any possible risks, such as damaging the skin or getting an infection. It is always better to be safe than sorry!