Popping a Pimple

If the pimple on your face is still new, red and inflamed, it is better that you leave it alone for a few days to give it time to heal. A simple way to ascertain whether it’s time to pop a pimple or leave it alone is to look at the pimple and see whether it has developed a tiny pore or has become white in color. If you see either of these two signs, you can go ahead and pop the pimple. But sometimes, popping a pimple can  lead to acne scarring, so you need to treated them properly.  Pimples occur when the skin produces too much oil, which clogs pores and creates pimple outbreaks. If possible, use topical treatments, such as Vitamin A, to dry out the pimple gradually. And for the steps about how to pop a pimple without leaving scars, you can find it in the next paragraphs.

Here’s the steps about how to pop a pimple properly and without leaving a scar for you. But before popping pimples, clean your hands thoroughly so that when you touch the pimple or its surrounding skin, no germs or bacteria are passed on to it through your hands. Also, clean your face, especially the skin around the pimple thoroughly with an antibacterial cleanser so that when you open the skin by popping your pimple, bacteria does not enter inside.

The first steps, begin by placing a thin needle or pin in isopropyl rubbing alcohol. It’s easiest to pour some of the liquid into the bottle cap. Let the needle sit in the alcohol while you perform the next steps.

After that, begin by wetting a washcloth with hot water and applying a hot, wet compress to the pimple. Do this for 20 minutes. You’ll need to keep re-wetting the washcloth with hot water every few minutes or you can use a microwavable heat pack with a wet washcloth wrapped around it. This will soften the skin and bring the pus to the surface.

Then, once you’ve applied the hot compress, you need to move fast. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap like Dial and dry your hands using a paper towel. Do not dry your hands on a hand towel – these harbor bacteria.

The next steps; using a cotton ball or cotton pad soaked with alcohol, clean the area around the pimple. Disinfect the skin in a two-inch diameter around the pimple. Remove the disinfected needle from the bottle cap with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and use this to lance the pimple. Since the skin has been softened with the warm, hot compress, the needle should enter the skin with little resistance and little pain. About 1/4 of an inch of the needle tip should enter the skin in order to lance the pocket of infection that’s formed beneath the skin’s surface.

Draining the pimple is a gentle process; pus will usually begin emerging as soon as you withdraw the needle. Little pressure is required to drain the pus from the skin blemish. Place a finger on each side of the pimple and move your fingers toward the blemish while applying slight pressure. Repeat this from several angles. But don’t squeeze the pimple with force or you will drive the pus and infection deeper into the skin. This will make the pimple worse, causing scarring. If you squeeze gently and nothing emerges, you’ll need to apply a compress for 20 minutes longer and try again. If the pus still does not emerge, this means the pimple is not yet ready to be drained.

As you’re draining the pimple, you will want to wipe away the pus or fluid with a cotton ball or cotton pad soaked with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. When you’re finished draining the pimple and it’s been swabbed and disinfected, you’ll want to apply some antibiotic cream to promote healing.

Remember to not to use antibiotic ointment; this will clog your pores, causing blackheads and more pimples! And these were some steps about how to pop a pimple properly for you. In such a case, you will need to repeat the whole process again. To save yourself of such hassles, there are certain acne prevention steps that you can follow to prevent pimples from developing such as removing your make-up before sleeping, washing your face twice a day with an anti bacterial soap, applying non-comedogenic moisturizers and avoiding greasy foods in your diet.