We all get pimples, some more than others…but it doesn’t matter how many pimples you have, you still want to pop them!
Popping pimples, if not done correctly, can scar the skin and leave you a lasting memory of that dreaded puss filled behemoth on your face. It can even lead to infection in some cases.
Doctors and Dermatologists recommend using a sterilized pin to pop the pimple and remove the yuckiness from within.
Here are the appropriate steps to take in order to correctly pop a pimp! Steps by leaf.tv
DISINFECT A NEEDLE OR PIN WITH ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL: Begin by placing a thin needle or pin in isopropyl rubbing alcohol. It’s easiest to pour some of the liquid into the bottle cap. Let the needle sit in the alcohol while you perform the next steps.
APPLY A WARM, WET COMPRESS: Begin by wetting a washcloth with hot water and applying a hot, wet compress to the pimple. Do this for 20 minutes. You’ll need to keep re-wetting the washcloth with hot water every few minutes or you can use a microwavable heat pack with a wet washcloth wrapped around it. This will soften the skin and bring the pus to the surface.
WASH YOUR HANDS AND DRY THEM WITH A PAPER TOWEL: Once you’ve applied the hot compress, you need to move fast. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap like Dial and dry your hands using a paper towel. Do not dry your hands on a hand towel – these harbor bacteria.
CLEAN THE FACIAL SKIN BLEMISH: Using a cotton ball or cotton pad soaked with alcohol, clean the area around the pimple. Disinfect the skin in a two-inch diameter around the pimple.
LANCE THE PIMPLE: Remove the disinfected needle from the bottle cap with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and use this to lance the pimple. Since the skin has been softened with the warm, hot compress, the needle should enter the skin with little resistance and little pain. About 1/4 of an inch of the needle tip should enter the skin in order to lance the pocket of infection that’s formed beneath the skin’s surface.
DRAIN THE PIMPLE: Draining the pimple is a gentle process; pus will usually begin emerging as soon as you withdraw the needle. Little pressure is required to drain the pus from the skin blemish. Place a finger on each side of the pimple and move your fingers toward the blemish while applying slight pressure. Repeat this from several angles.
You CANNOT squeeze the pimple with force or you will drive the pus and infection deeper into the skin. This will make the pimple worse, causing scarring. If you squeeze gently and nothing emerges, you’ll need to apply a compress for 20 minutes longer and try again. If the pus still does not emerge, this means the pimple is not yet ready to be drained.
WIPE AWAY ANY DRAINAGE FROM THE SKIN BLEMISH: As you’re draining the pimple, you will want to wipe away the pus or fluid with a cotton ball or cotton pad soaked with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
APPLY ANTIBIOTIC CREAM: When you’re finished draining the pimple and it’s been swabbed and disinfected per step 7, you’ll want to apply some antibiotic cream to promote healing. DO NOT use antibiotic ointment; this will clog your pores, causing blackheads and more pimples!
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