Even if you really want to do it, you shouldn't pop a pimple when it's just popping up. Popping a pimple before it's "ripe" can cause soreness and blemishes that spoil the appearance of the skin. However, with a little patience and a few tricks, you can learn how to pop a pimple safely, painlessly, and flawlessly every time.
Method 1 of 3: Solves Acne Painlessly
Step 1. Know when the pimple is ready to be solved
Do not pop a pimple that is still deep in the skin, is painful, looks shiny, or is red. Wait until the pimple looks like a hard lump with a white peak. The white peak of the pimple is the pus that collects near the surface of the skin.
Popping a pimple before it's "cooked" will allow bacteria and dirt into the pores, causing more pimples and painful infections
Step 2. Apply a skin softening lotion the night before
Covering the pimple with aloe vera overnight can help soften dry, hard pimples, reducing pain and making it easier for you to get rid of them the next day.
Avoid oil-based lotions and Vaseline as they can clog pores and exacerbate skin problems
Step 3. Clean the pimple with soap and warm water
Clean the area around the pimple with a washcloth and water. Use warm water to open the skin pores so that pimples are easier to solve.
- The best time to pop a pimple is right after a hot shower when the steam and temperature open the skin pores.
- If you must place the needle or if your hands are dirty, re-sterilize them before continuing. You must do this step to prevent infection.
Step 4. Wrap a clean tissue in the palm of your hand
The palms of your hands carry bacteria and dirt that can make acne worse if left unprotected. Applying a layer of tissue between your finger and the pimple should suffice as a protective measure.
Most professional practitioners use latex gloves to prevent infection. So, wear these gloves if you have them
Step 5. Gently press the edges of the pimple until it bursts
With your hand still covered with a tissue, gently press the outside of the pimple to remove the pus. Do not press until it hurts, just press until the pus comes out.
Do not use bare hands or nails because they can carry bacteria into the acne scars
Step 6. Once the pus stops flowing out of the pimple, stop pressing
Don't keep trying to drain the pus if nothing else comes out when you press gently on the pimple.
Step 7. Clean the pimple with soap and water
Wipe off the pus with a wet washcloth and apply an antibacterial cream like Neosporin to prevent infection.
Step 8. Never pick a pimple, pop a red pimple, or squeeze a deep pimple
These signs indicate that the pimple is not ready to be solved. In some cases, you can actually prolong the infection until it triggers a hard cyst that only a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can remove.
Method 2 of 3: Treating Acne with Heat
Step 1. Use heat and moisture to get rid of the pimple without popping it
You can push stubborn pimples to the surface of the skin and remove them without breaking them. This method does take time, but can prevent skin sores. Steam and hot water can be used to draw the pus to the surface of the skin and eventually, remove it.
Step 2. Prepare a clean washcloth with the hottest water you can stand
Squeeze out the remaining water after the washcloth is wet.
Step 3. Press a hot washcloth onto the pimple and hold it for 5-10 minutes
If the washcloth cools down, reheat it with hot water and stick it again.
Step 4. Repeat once every 1-2 hours or until the pimple breaks naturally
You may need to massage the area a little from behind the washcloth. Sometimes, a pimple will burst on its own without being painful. Or, the body will fight the infection and restore the health of the skin to its original state.
Step 5. Clean the pimple with an antibacterial cream to prevent it from recurring
Once the pimple is gone, clean the surrounding area and apply an antibacterial ointment such as Neosporin to clean the wound.
Method 3 of 3: Preventing Acne
Step 1. Clean your face every night
Acne is caused by dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria that get trapped in the pores and cause minor infections. So, wash your face with mild soap, washcloth, and warm water every night to keep your skin healthy.
Step 2. Moisturize your face
Dry or cracked skin can easily trigger acne breakouts. After cleansing your face, apply a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin healthy and clean your pores.
Moisturizers that contain oil can often cause skin problems. This oil will stick to the skin and clog pores
Step 3. Try a facial mask treatment
You can find various types of face masks at pharmacies or department stores. Clay masks, tea tree, and witch hazel can help reduce inflammation on the face that triggers acne breakouts.
Step 4. Consult the use of medication with a doctor if acne does not improve
There are various types of medications, creams, and lotions that are formulated to reduce or even eliminate acne. For example, some doctors will prescribe birth control pills because they can limit acne-causing hormones. Discuss treatment options according to your body condition with your doctor or dermatologist.
- Wash your hands after popping a pimple and apply an acne cream to the scar.
- If the area around the pimple is red, press the outside.
- Try an egg mask. This mask will tighten the pores and shrink the acne.
- Do not use this mask more than once a week or your skin will dry out.
- Make sure the pimple is ready to pop (the top will be white).
- See a doctor for deep acne, hard acne, or extreme pain.