- Pimples are pus-filled red swollen lesions that are results of clogged and infected oil glands.
- While you always get the urge to pop a pimple, it is best not to pop it to avoid infection.
- Dermatologists recommend other ways of removing pimples other than popping.
Everyone has experienced getting a pimple, and while it is unsightly, it is best not to pop it. Popping the pimple can only disrupt the normal and natural healing process of the skin. It may also result in infection and even scarring.
If you want to remove pimples, here are the dermatologist-recommended ways on how to do it.
1. Use a hot compress.
A hot compress can alleviate the pain caused by an inflamed pimple. A warm compress works by opening the pores and allowing the pimple to open up and release the pus.
2. Use over-the-counter treatments.
Many products contain active ingredients that can help remove or lessen the appearance of pimples. Products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur are the best options.
3. Apply home remedies.
Some people have shared and tested that at-home remedies like baking soda, charcoal masks, hydrogen peroxide, green tea, and tea tree oil can be treatments for inflamed and painful pimples. Others have also used lemon, raw honey, argan and vitamin E oil, turmeric and aloe vera.
4. Allow your dermatologist to do the extraction.
Dermatologists have appropriate tools and equipment to remove pimple safely and hygienically. They are also experienced in doing this task, and allowing them to work on your pimples will minimize the likelihood of infection and re-infection.
5. Opt to wait for it to heal on its own, but if you cannot resist popping it, below are some ways of doing it safely.
Blackheads are kind of acnes that appear black due to the exposure of pus and bacteria in the air. The following steps are used to remove blackhead:
- Start by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid contamination.
- Apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in the blackhead to loosen pus or trapped dirt.
- Use cotton swabs to apply gentle pressure on both sides of the blackhead. Be careful not to touch the blackhead itself. The pus or clog can then come out quickly.
- Then apply astringent or rubbing alcohol to sanitize the blackhead part and prevent other blackheads from developing.
Whiteheads are pimples filled with white pus inside a pore. To remove a whitehead, you can:
- Wash your hands first to avoid contaminants from infecting other parts of your face or re-infecting your whitehead.
- Then, apply products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to minimize inflammation and make the removal process faster.
- Use an alcohol sterilized sewing needle, to reach the widest part of the whitehead. Be careful not to draw blood while doing this.
- Hold the skin tight so that the whitehead drains quickly. Use a cotton ball or gauze strip for this step.
- Use an antimicrobial agent to sterilize the pimple area.
- In any case, you should not pop any skin blemishes like boils, cystic acne, and deeply located pimples.