Pimples are acne sores caused by the accumulation of oil and dead skin cells. First of all, try to treat and prevent the problem, as popping pimples can cause scarring and blemishes on the skin. If you can't resist the temptation, at least pop them the right way to reduce the risk of scarring. Then follow the recovery tips below.
Part 1 of 4: Protecting the skin
Step 1. Find out if the pimple can be popped
See if she has a little white head and is surrounded by a slight redness of the skin. Don't try to break out a red acne that doesn't have a white head, as you can hurt yourself and cause an infection. The pimple itself is an infection, and popping it can promote inflammation of the skin.
- If the pimple is large and painful, let it sit for a few days. If you want to speed up the white head's exit, apply some hot compresses over the area for five minutes, every three hours.
- To find out with more certainty whether or not to break a pimple, click here.
Step 2. wash and disinfect your face using warm water and a facial cleanser.
Use circular motions to remove all dirt and makeup from the skin. Then pat dry with a soft towel and apply an antiseptic or acne facial tonic. Apply the product without rubbing on the skin.
- Don't rub the pimple area, or you can cause inflammation and spread pus and bacteria.
- In the absence of an antiseptic, use isopropyl alcohol. Obviously, this should be an emergency solution only, as using too much alcohol can dry out the skin.
Step 3. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water
Make a lot of lather and rub your hands well, focusing the cleaning on the fingertips, after all, they will come in direct contact with the pimple. If you can, rub under your nails.
Step 4. Wrap your index fingers in toilet paper so your nails do not pierce the skin
Do this even if you have short, filed nails!
Part 2 of 4: Using a Needle
Step 1. Sterilize a needle
Know that dermatologists and health professionals do not recommend the use of needles to break out pimples, but it is an effective and widely used method. If you want to follow this technique, at your own risk, use an ordinary sewing needle. Soak it in isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for one minute to disinfect it.
Alternatively, hold the tip of the needle over the flame of a lighter or matchstick before dipping it in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
Step 2. Pierce the acne surface with the needle
Tilt the needle and gently press it until pus starts to leak down the spine. Do not stick the pimple into the skin at a right angle, or you could get hurt.
- If blood or a clear liquid comes out of the spine, stop immediately. Trying to pop a pimple that hasn't completely come out can cause swelling and worsen acne.
Step 3. Press the spine carefully
Rest your index fingers at the base of the spine and press them down and "in." Be careful and don't try too hard to avoid getting hurt. Then remove the pus with toilet paper. Repeat cleaning as needed, until all pus is gone.
Part 3 of 4: Using Steam
Step 1. Give a steam treatment
Boil half a pot of water, turn off the heat and let the liquid cool for a while. Then cover your head with a towel, stretching it at your sides to form a "cabana." Tilt your face over the pan to feel the steam rising for five minutes.
This technique works well with pimples on the face and neck. It can be difficult to treat pimples on the back or shoulders with steam
Step 2. Stretch the skin around the pimple
Wrap toilet paper around your index fingers and rest them on the sides of your spine. Spread your fingers apart until the pimple starts to come out a little. Wipe off any pus that comes out and change the paper as needed. Don't rub the dirty paper over your skin, or you risk spreading germs and making acne worse.
Step 3. Squeeze the spine
Place your index fingers on the sides of the spine again and apply gentle pressure to the skin. Remove the pus that comes out and clean the skin. Continue until there is no more pus.
- If the pimple starts to ooze blood or a clear liquid, stop immediately to apply pressure.
Part 4 of 4: Treating the Affected Site
Step 1. Stop bleeding, if any
When a pimple pops and the pus drains, some blood may come out. If this happens, apply gentle pressure with toilet paper for five to ten minutes.
Step 2. Apply an antiseptic product on the spot
Use an acne toner or antiseptic cream. In an emergency, use a little isopropyl alcohol, but don't overdo it.
Step 3. Use topical medications
Look for a product with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, antibiotic or retinoid properties. Apply a small amount to the pimple using a cotton swab.
Alternatively, apply a benzoyl peroxide mask over the pimple. Allow it to dry completely and remove it following the manufacturer's instructions
Step 4. Continue treatment for a few more days
Apply topical medications and clean your face thoroughly. If you prefer a natural option, apply one or two drops of tea tree oil on the pimple a few times a day.
Do not apply makeup over the pimple area until it has fully recovered
Step 5. See a dermatologist if necessary
If the pimple becomes very red and takes a long time to disappear, seek professional advice. The same is true if none of the treatments work or the acne becomes cystic. Your doctor will likely recommend using Retin-A or Roaccutane, depending on the case.
Don't look in the mirror after the pimple breaks out, or you may be tempted to squeeze it a little more. Doing so can cause an infection or scarring the skin
- Don't break out pimples near the eyes, or you could end up with an infection. Never use a needle near your eyes!
- Popping the pimple can leave scars, so follow the instructions above to the letter to reduce the risks. If you want to completely zero risks, see a doctor.
- Be aware that popping a pimple can make acne worse and even cause a skin infection.