Hold on babe! 3 things you need to know before you pop that pimple

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I know the feeling babe. You’re staring in the mirror and a big ole’ pimple is staring right back at you. We all get it, an urge to squeeze that’s almost overwhelming. Especially considering that pimples ALWAYS seem to show up at the worst of times. Who wants to show up to a date, party,  or big work doo with what feels like Mars on your face? Not me.

So, with that in mind, surely it’s not too bad to give that spot the squeeze, right? We’ve heard that line before, but the naked truth is, it’s pretty important to avoid poppin’ that pimple.

When it comes to zits, dermatologists tell us to think of those little red spots like a sack full of nasties. These nasties include things like  acne bacteria and oil. Yuck! No wonder we want to get rid of the little suckers. The problem is though, when we poke, prod and prick our spots, we’re in danger of at least three very unfortunate things happening.

  1. When we rupture a pimples outer layer, all those nasties inside ooze out- and if all that bacteria and other gunk splatter into other pores, we’re likely to see more pimples.
  2. Popping our own pimples also leads to the likely hood of forcing all that aforementioned gunk even deeper into our skin. Doing this means we’re likely to cause an originally average spot to become a more inflamed and potentially larger pimple.
  3. Giving in to the squeeze means that we’re also likely to introduce new kinds of bacteria from our hands and fingers to the zit. This will likely see our spot swell, potentially become infected, and even lead to permanent scarring.

According to the experts, as much as we want to pop them, it’s best to leave pimples alone. Uninterrupted, zits tend to heal by themselves within 3-7 days;  but if popped improperly, spots can cling on for weeks, and tend to scar. So all that pain ends up for nought!

Instead of giving in to the temptation, try the ‘ice’ method to reduce redness and inflammation. Wrap an ice cube in a thin washcloth and applying to freshly washed skin. You could also  try covering up your spot with non-comedogenic makeup that won’t block your pores, like Covergirl And Olay’s Simply Ageless Non Comedogenic Foundation.

While there are plenty of ways to treat and prevent pimples,  if you do find yourself breaking out more than occasionally, it might be time to reassess how you’re caring for your skin. Even simple things like making sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day can make a difference. Drinking plenty of water benefits your body in more ways than one, with healthy skin being a well-known bonus. While water is not the cure-all to your acne problems, a steady flow of H20 will help your fight against breakouts.  If you’re dealing with something more than spots and zits, like moderate to severe acne, it might be time to talk to a dermatologist about your options.

But if you’re going to take anything from this blog, let is be this:

Stead those itching fingers girl, you’re better off leaving that pimple alone!

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