Should I Pop this Pimple?
“Oh noo, pimple break out? Not Again!”
I see it’s that time of the month where a stubborn pimple decided to make a guest appearance. Yup, pimple, zit, pustule, boil, fester- name it! This tiny (or not) red, swollen bump on your face is considered as a nightmare by anyone. Not only that it hurts the skin, it, most especially, puts a damper on someone else’s confidence.
Pimples are a normal skin condition that affect many people. These are inflammation of the skin in which the sebaceous glands (oil glands) become infected with bacteria, swell up, and fill with pus.
Ever wonder why this season though cold and breezy, makes you more prone to pimple break out? That is because our sweat glands and oil glands are overactive during the rainy season. This increases the tendency of acne, pimples and breakouts due to humidity in atmosphere. So really, pimple break out is on a high side.
We all need reliable solutions to this problem, so take note of these expert advices from Web.MD:
Before you pop a pimple:
1. Don't poke too early. Wait until your pimple has a firm white head. That means the pus is close to the surface and ready to be drained.
2. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water, soap, and a fingernail brush.
3. Sterilize a straight pin with a match or lighter. Let the pin cool, then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. Swab the zit with alcohol and pour some on your fingers, too.
4. Dry your fingers and wrap them with a clean tissue.
5. Position your pin. Hold it parallel to the surface of your skin, and gently pierce the very tip of the zit's white center.
6. Using your fingers, or a cotton swab, softly squeeze the pimple. Press around (not on) the white tip of the zit. If the pus doesn't come out easily, the pimple isn't ready to be popped. Stop!
7. Apply more alcohol (it will sting) or a very small amount of bacitracin ointment to the now-deflated blemish.
8. Instead of squeezing a zit, you could hide it with makeup that won’t clog the pores. Use a concealer that matches skin tone or foundation in a dry, not creamy, formula. These generally come in pots or sticks.
Do not lock yourself indoors or hide beneath your bed sheets. Socialize and live your life the way it was. Make sure to get enough sleep and let your skin rest from all the harsh chemicals you put on your face. Include vegetables and fruits on your diet and practice overall hygiene. Let it breathe and let your whole skin breath. Think that these blemishes are only temporary. Stop bugging yourself with these few occasional visitors and focus yourself on the things that enhance self-worth
If you aren’t really sure of what to do, you should see your doctor or dermatologist about ways to manage your breakouts.
For more skin tips, check out our article ”Drink What Makes You Beautiful”