While it isn’t recommended, if you have to pop that pimple, here’s the safest way to do it

Waking up in the morning only to find that a pimple has made a home for itself on your face is never a good start to the day. And for many people, the urge to pop it can often be too hard to resist.


You might think that squeezing a zit is the best way to treat it. But while it might offer immediate satisfaction, it can cause long-term issues, such as infection or scarring. This is why dermatologists recommend that you visit a professional for extraction facials and guidance on how to treat and prevent future breakouts.

However, if the temptation is getting the better of you and you *have* to pop that pimple at home, here’s how to do it safely. Forewarned is forearmed!

  1. First, identify that spot

Not all acne is created equal. While some can be popped safely at home (provided hygiene protocol is in place), others can’t. Those that can be drained have a yellow or white pus-filled head. Those that are inflamed but don’t have a head are probably too deep to be popped at home, and trying to will likely lead to scarring and discoloration.

  1. Clean yourself, and your tools

In order to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs getting into the wound. It’s crucial that your face and hands are clean and disinfected before you get popping. Use rubbing alcohol on the affected area, your fingers as well as the needle you will need to pop the zit. This will help to prevent infection from setting in.

  1. Pop and squeeze with care

Take the clean, sanitary needle and *carefully* pierce the head of the pimple. Then, take two cotton swabs, placing one on either side of the zit. Gently roll them towards the lesion to push all the pus and debris out the hole. Try to get everything out in one shot – the more you aggravate the area the more likely you are to damage the affected skin.

  1. Treat and cover

Once you have popped the pimple it’s important to remember to leave the area alone and to avoid touching it. This is because it can result in bacteria entering the lesion and making your skin a whole lot worse! A clever way to do this is to cover the area with a moisture-absorbing hydrocolloid pimple patch. This will allow the area to heal without interference from pesky germs.

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