Popping a Pimple

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This question comes up often, should I pop my pimple? The short answer is most times no you should not pop a pimple. Popping a pimple whether from acne or occasional break outs can cause damage to the skin. Sometimes the sac that holds the infection or pus actually breaks under the skin and spreads the bacteria under the skin. It may look a little better for the time being, but you are doing your skin no favors by squeezing it.

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That said the answer is no most times, but not every time. Sometimes acne pimples or occasional pimples become very painful because the pus inside creates pressure and turn the pimple a very painful reddish or even purple color. Or the blemish can become very large in a bad spot and of course if you have some big event planned and do not want your picture taken with a huge white zit. If you fit into any of these categories or just because you want the pimple gone so badly, then yes, there is a correct way to remove a white topped infected looking pimple.

Wet a paper towel with warm water. Hold the paper towel over the acne pimple to soften it for about 10 minutes or so.

Hold a needle over a flame for 3 to 5 seconds. Do not put the needle into the flame because you will end up with a black carbon buildup on the needle.

Gently prick the surface of the pimple with the needle. Barely nick the surface — this is not surgery — do not gouge.

Gently press on either side of the pimple with the needle with 2 sterile cotton swabs to drain the pus from the pimple.

Wet a new cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide. Dab the broken pimple to clean away bacteria.

Apply fresh Aloe Vera to the popped pimple to promote faster healing.

Avoid making this a habit because you can cause scarring.

Do not pop pimples with an unsterilized needle you can cause a bad infection.

Wash your hands well with antibacterial soap both before and after touching a pimple.

Do not use a face cloth or wash rag because you will harbor the bacteria from the pimple in the recesses of the fabric

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Popping a Pimple, Seekyt
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.