Although it might feel good to pop a pimple, dermatologists advise against it. Popping a pimple can cause infection and scarring, and it may make the pimple more inflamed and noticeable. It also delays the natural healing process. Due to this, it is usually best to leave pimples alone.
Does popping a pimple help it heal faster?
Popping a pimple could spread the bacteria and pus from the infected pore to surrounding pores in the area. This can cause an to spread. Popping a pimple can delay your body’s natural healing process, which causes your pimple’s healing to take longer.
What helps a pimple heal faster?
Ice is the best way to soothe it down and reduce inflammation. Use an ice cube or cold pack, either wrapped in a soft cloth or paper towel. Apply it over the swollen area for a few minutes at a time, several times a day. This will help take down the swelling and make your popped pimple look and feel a whole lot better.
What are the benefits of popping a pimple?
The safest way to get rid of a pimple is to wait it out. Pimples surround bacteria that’s become trapped in the layers of your skin. Popping a pimple releases that bacteria onto your face. Your skin knows how to heal a pimple better than you do.
What to do after popping a pimple to prevent scarring?
Clean the area with a gentle cleanser—especially if there is a little blood—so there is no reinfection and the possibility of a worse scar. Avoid products containing Vitamin C, retinoids or any kind of exfoliants on that area to prevent further irritation and deepening of the scar.
What happens to pus if not popped?
What happens if you don’t pop a whitehead is that it goes away on its own, usually in 3 to 7 days. While you’re waiting, you can also use makeup to lessen its appearance. Look for a product that is “buildable” (can be applied in layers on your skin).
How long does it take for a popped pimple to heal?
Left alone, a blemish will heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or lead to scarring.
What to do after you pop a pimple and it bleeds?
If you’re bleeding, she says to “gently blot the area with a clean tissue or cotton pad and clean the area with alcohol.” Once the blood has stopped, she advises applying a spot treatment containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as mentioned above.
How do you properly pop a pimple?
“Gently pull the surrounding skin away from the pimple, and push down with light pressure—don’t press down on the middle white/black part—the central white core or black core should drain out easily,” says Dr. Nazarian. “If not, leave it alone. It’s not ready.”