If you’ve never heard the reasons not to pop a pimple, you’ve come to the right place. I know all too well how tempting it can be to squeeze it and be done, but there are risks involved with that. Your skin is your body’s largest organ so it really pays to take the best care of it that you can. That means leaving blemishes alone to heal so they don’t do any further damage to your beautiful skin. If you suffer from recurrent acne, be sure to see your dermatologist about proper treatment methods. In the meantime, read through these reasons not to pop a pimple and you’ll be well on your way to great skin!
1. It Hurts
No one wants to be in pain, least of all me. That makes this one of the best reasons not to pop a pimple. After the initial break, the area may stay painful, which means you’re more apt to mess with it, prolonging the pain and making the situation worse. Save yourself some trouble and leave that pimple alone.
2. It Might Leave a Scar
Sure, a pimple that you leave alone is likely to leave a spot for some time afterward, but if you pop it, you run the risk of having a scar to show for it. That could mean a pink spot for years after the pimple goes away. I can vouch for that statement because I have a faint scar above my eyebrow that I sustained from popping a pimple back in college. So resist the temptation, please!
3. Introduces Bacteria
Think about this – anytime you have an open wound you run the risk of germs and bacteria getting in. The same goes for a popped pimple. It leaves your skin vulnerable and might result in an infection that could be devastating. If you must pop a pimple (and I highly discourage it), be sure to clean and disinfect it well afterward. Then keep it covered for additional protection.
4. Might Cause More Pimples
Obviously the pus inside a pimple contains bacteria. That bacteria is partially responsible for the pimple in the first place, so exposing the rest of your skin to the fluid ups the odds of getting more pimples after popping the initial one. I can tell you that this has happened to me before, so it’s easier to just worry about the one pimple instead of a whole breakout. Am I right?
5. Will Last Longer
According to the experts, the average pimple will bother you for up to a week before it resolves itself. On the other hand, if you pop it, you may be dealing with the effects for weeks or months afterward. This is especially true if you don’t go about popping the pimple properly. Better safe than sorry, if you ask me!
6. It Looks Worse to You
I have woken up to a huge pimple that made me want to crawl back under the covers and forget facing the day. It can also make it even more tempting to pop it and get on with my day. However, it’s important to remember that your pimple looks in no way as bad to those around you. People might notice it, but it isn’t the bright red, throbbing mess that you perceive it to be. So forget it and focus on more important things.
If nothing else on this list convinces you, I think this will. When you pop a pimple, you are injuring your skin, which means your body jumps into wound repair mode. That means inflammation and redness. So really, popping the pimple just makes the area look worse as the wound heals. It’s easier to use make-up to cover the pimple rather than turning your entire face into a red, puffy mess, right?
Do you pop pimples? I won’t pretend to be someone who never does or who isn’t tempted from time to time, but I try to ignore the issue until it goes away. Did anything on this list convince you?