Popping Pimples Creates Bad Skin

Is Popping Pimples Bad?

Yes, it is. An inflamed blemish happens when the pore becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria. When you squeeze a pimple, you may inadvertently force the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle. That can cause the follicle wall to rupture and spill infected material into the dermis (the innermost section of the skin.)

Not only do you run the risk of scarring if you pick at or “pop” your pimples, you can worsen the blemish. Don’t be fooled if you are able to coax pus and debris from the pore opening. Infected material may still be entering the dermis from below.


Popping Pimples Creates Bad Skin

Squeezing a pimple can lead to a nodule (hard, red, painful blemish deep within the skin) or a cyst. The most serious form of a blemish, cysts are large and painfully inflamed lesions. They develop when a membrane forms around the infection in the dermis, creating a soft, fluid-filled lump. Cysts must by treated by a physician.

Picking at your blemishes can spread infection, and ultimately worsen your acne. Clearly a hands-off policy is the best choice when it comes to your skin.

Skin Care Alternatives to Popping Pimples

Using acne products such as spot treatment products, exfoliators and clay masks will help speed along the life of your acne. Using a good cleanser and moisturizer for acne-prone skin on a daily basis will also help reduce the amount of pimples you get, thus reducing the need to squeeze.

Skin Care Tips for Oily Skin

Sure, you could go the Proactive route, but if you want a simple alternative that you can get at places you normally shop, check out Clean and Clear’s Advantage Acne Control Kit which has a cleanser, moisturizer and spot treatment in one kit. (compare prices) You can then purchase individual products as needed.

Popping-Pimples-Bad-ski-care-acne-outbreak-treatmentWhen To See a Dermatologist?

Visiting a dermatologist is always a good idea if you have chronic or severe acne, especially cystic acne. They can provide prescription products that you can’t get anywhere else. They can also treat cystic acne right in the office with a simple procedure. Cystic acne is less likely to be affected by over-the-counter acne products. It might seem weird to go to a doctor for acne, but they truly are the experts and have treatment options that will absolutely help.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology of New York and specializes in the area of Medical, Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology.


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