How to Pop a Pimple Without Harming Your Skin

An important date, an official meeting, a college re-union, a friend’s party, and a pimple props up. Happens often, doesn’t it? And the whole beautiful dress and expensive coiffure is ruined by a highly noticeable peck this small. You might have tried to pop it, but no good for it leaves an equally noticeable mark. So to pop your pimple without leaving a mark, the first important step is to check whether the pus in the pimple shows through the skin or not. This pus is called eye of the pimple. In case the pus does not appear to be evident yet, it is unadvisable to pop it. The pus shows that bacteria are now ready to exit the skin. The steps to be followed are:


Your hands must be thoroughly clean before the whole process starts. Give your hands a 20 seconds wash before proceeding. This will ensure that no dirt enters any pores.

The smallest and sharpest needle has to be used for the process. Any big needle might make a hole or so. The needle to be used should be sterilized. To sterilize it, burn the tip with a match-stick or cigarette lighter or dip it in 70% Isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. The needle being used should definitely be disinfected to avoid any skin infection.

Next comes the most delicate process. Take the needle and prick it sharply into the centre of the pimple, in the pus. A small prick will be sufficient. A deep piercing can damage your skin by causing you to bleed or by damaging you pore.

Use your clean fingers to gently squeeze out the pus in the opposite direction. This action has to be done very slowly and with utmost care. Squeezing the pus outwards and not inwards, prevents clotting of blood and the pore to become redder.

Once the pus comes out, stop squeezing. The basic purpose of getting the hardened pus out is fulfilled. After this, the pimple will heal more quickly.

Dab your pimple using a cotton swab, and press it to distribute the skin tissues around it. Apply an antiseptic cream. If there is swelling, apply some ice on it. Avoid touching the area and allow it to heal naturally.

However, not any type of pimple can be popped this way. Pimples caused due to infections, in which the pus appears after some days, or pimples in which pus is not visible even after some days, this method should not be used. For such kinds, natural healing is the best way.

Filed Under: Health & Personal Care


About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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