Post # 1
Ok, sorry this is gross, but I HAVE to ask someone…
I know that you’re not supposed to pop pimples. Why?
Has anyone ever tried this? (I try but…they call to me…)
What is the difference?
Is there a safer way to do it??
I know we have aestheticians who frequent the site, your advice??
I’m like a little monkey and my FI lets me pop his back pimples…should I not be doing this???
Post # 3
My understanding is that if you pop them, you let dirt and bacteria into the pimple and it just makes it worse. but seriously, they’re so hard to resist! Esp when they get huge! I always try to put some cream with salicylic acid on the spot when it’s still in the early stages to minimize the damage.
Post # 4
LOL I just clicked refresh and your post was the first one to pop up, I just had to click on it! I know this is gross but I only pop pimples when they are at the surface (when the pimple is a whitehead) this is the puss coming to the surface of your skin. Ideally you don’t want the pimple to bleed, when it bleeds that means you’ve torn some of your skin under the pimple. If you have nails this is the best way because you can really get right next to each side of the zit and squzze till the…uh um..sorry gross moment about to come….puss comes out it wil have a yellowish color at first then the remaning "liquid" will be clear. Every time I pop a pimple in this manner and all the liquid is out I apply pressure for a few mins with a tissue. If I do this right the pimple will not bleed, which means it will heal w/in a day!
I am by no means an expert, I’ve just read alot of magazines b/c I hate having pimples. Also, when I have one that hasn’t surfaced yet, I have an acne treatment cream from Mary Kay and I swear, I put a little on that bad boy and it’ll surface the next day. Sorry for the detailed tutorial everyone!!
Post # 5
From what I understand, you shouldn’t pop because when you squeeze the zit, you’re only getting about a third of the clog out of the pore, and the rest gets pushed deeper in rather than out. It’s hard to resist, I know, but your skin will eventually be clearer if you just let them work their way out on their own!
Post # 6
Oh, and I’ve also heard that toothpaste on a pimple (or a budding pimple) will dry it out if left on it over night. Can anyone confirm if that’s an old wives’ tale or not?
Post # 7
@driftslikesmoke i dont know if that’s a wive’s tale or not!
i also read somewhere that if you absolutely have to pop it, to pop it with two q-tips instead of your fingers, so that you don’t get your finger dirt into the pimple. i’ve tried it a couple times and only the "so-ready-to-be-popped" pimples work with q-tips. but it’s still nice to know! 🙂
Post # 8
I had to check this one too! It caught my eye! haha.
Annie that is really good information that I never knew, about the bleeding/not bleeding. I typically use a warm/hot wash towel to help it come to a head … then use q-tips for sure to keep the germs out. I make sure to wash my face before and after and put a little special cleanser on it afterwards.
If I’ve done a bad one and it looks like it’s going to scar then I make sure to put a bit of neosporin right on the spot of the zit (make sure not to get it over the rest of your face as it will clog it all up!)and I let it sit there for a little while, an hour or so, and then clean it up.
I’ve tried toothpaste — it’s worked a few times and it hasn’t a few times. I am going to go with old wives tail on that one.
Do you all talk to your fiance/husband about this?!? We are SO open with each other but for some reason the one thing I hate talking to him about it zits! Mostly because he has perfect baby’s butt skin unlike me who has very hormonal skin!
Post # 9
I always have to pop when they look ready, even though I know it is not supposed to be good. I just cannot resist!!!
Post # 10
I have never popped a pimple!! My mom gave me the best solution — hold a towel under really hot water then press it on the zit (hard), it takes a minute, but has the same effect as popping! No more white-heads or any of that grossness!!
Post # 11
@driftslikesmoke and @humarockbride – I would say toothpaste is NOT an old wive’s tale. It depends on the toothpaste. No gel toothpastes. Must be just like regular crest/ tarter control PASTE kind. Works great!
Post # 12
I’ve heard toothpaste and baking soda. I use baking soda on occasion, but haven’t decided if it really works yet. It supposed to absorb oil/dirt and close up pores. ‘m assuming it would do the same for a pimple!
Post # 13
I have always had bad acne, and I have recently discovered Zeno. It totally sounds like a quack treatment, but it WORKS! It’s a little electronic tool you can buy at any CVS drug store for about $100. You hold it on the zit and it uses heat to kill the bacteria inside. I do it at night and the next morning the zits are completely gone. It is especially awesome for those really deep painful ones that you couldn’t pop anyway.
Post # 14
You aren’t supposed to pop them, by FI is in dermatolgy, but i am a "picker". You are supposed to let them go and yes, there is more bacteria that goes in from your fingernails, etc. It is so hard to leave them alone though! My dad would say (this will soudn gross) put a little saliva on it with your finger. I’ve done the toothpast and sometimes it works other times it doesn’t.
Post # 15
From what I can tell, it’s good to pop and get them out of the way if and only if you found the right "timing" like someone described above. It’s ideal to pop it when there is a whitehead (on the surface of the skin). But certain areas of your face, there are deep ones you can’t just pop (i had one last night). I couldn’t fight the temptation and i tried but i failed. Luckily, it didn’t swell up because very often than not, if you don’t pop it, the puss stays inside your skin and creates a dark discoloration and then it takes MONTHS to go away. That also happens to my failed attempts as well as big pimples. I say learn to time your pimples, do what you can to open up the pores (using a hot towel) then use clean hands or q tips to pop them. Not all of them are poppable, though. 🙁
Post # 16
Derm bee here to say the above info is accurate, usually it makes them worse, the hot washcloth is the way to go if you’ve got a big white pustule you can’t walk around with. Poping/ picking usually leads to scaring and there’s evidence for inflammatory acne ie.. pop one and 2 more will crop up around it! For the cystic volcanoes we inject those with a bit of steroid.
PS I’m a Monkey too, why I love Derm….lol