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1/27/16 at 05:32 AM 0 Comments

What Exactly Happens Under the Skin When Popping Out the Pimples?

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Whether you want to admit it or not, you have popped at least one pimple in your life. Popping zits or pimples is exactly the kind of things that everyone does, without actually wanting to admit it. For many people, it is part of the daily beauty routine, as they believe they will look better. For others, it is a strange kind of pleasure to see that zit popping. Let’s face it, pimples are part of everyday life and they appear regardless of our desires.

From puberty and well into adulthood, both acne and blemishes represent a daily problem to solve. If at puberty acne represents a rite of passage and a sign of hormonal activity, when it comes to adulthood, it can be quite frustrating to deal with such problems. As for women, it is a known fact that these present a higher risk for acne, as their hormone levels are always fluctuating. What happens exactly under the skin when you pop out a pimple? If you are curious to discover the answer to that question, do not hesitate to keep on reading.

Pre-pop phase
We are all under the impression that a pimple on our face has just appeared. Come to think of it, it wasn’t there yesterday. This is valid not only for the face but also for back acne, for example. However, according to dermatologists, it can take a couple of weeks between the clogging of the respective pore and the appearance of a pimple/zit.

During this phase, it is important to recognize the kind of breakouts that are present on the skin. Blackheads are known for their dark color and flat surface; moreover, they are not painful and easy to spot on the skin. Whiteheads are raised lesions, in the shape of a dome, with the white part present at the top. Like the blackheads, they are not painful but easy to spot and feel.

Papules have a solid texture and they can either be the color of the skin or red. They are not filled with pus, their size is under 5 mm and they can either tender to the touch or not painful at all. As for pustules, these are raised lesions as well but, unlike papules, they are filled with yellow pus. These are tender to the touch and they form a crust, as the skin breaks open and pus comes out. Last, but not least, you have cysts, which are larger in size and quite painful in the situation they are red or yellow in color. Only the skin colored cysts are painless. It is characteristic for cysts to develop rapidly, the discomfort being present before they become visible.

If you have noticed acne lesions to have appeared on the skin, it is recommended that you apply benzoyl peroxide several times per day. Choose the one that has 10% concentration, as this one is the most effective and stay away from more expensive, yet less effective products. Benzoyl peroxide can dry a pimple, exfoliate the skin and reduce the risk of secondary bacterial infections. Just make sure you are not allergic to it.

Pop phase
Even though dermatologists do not recommend popping out pimples, everyone does. Unfortunately, when it is not done right and without taking the necessary hygiene measures, the inflammation will only become worse and the risk of infection will be higher than ever. If you pop out a pimple with dirty hands, you are only introducing more bacteria in the respective area, so make sure to wash thoroughly your hands first.

Post-pop phase
If you couldn’t resist popping the pimple, it is recommended that you apply a band aid over it, in order to avoid more bacteria from entering the skin. You can also apply antibiotic ointment, in order to speed up the healing process. The band aid can also protect you against picking, which, let’s face it, is a common problem in skin care.

Even though no one can pick the skin deep enough to cause major scars, such habits can lead to minor blemishes on the skin. The risk is even higher if you try to pop a cyst, as you will only end up scarring the skin (characteristic ice pick scar).

Dermatologists warn against popping out pimples, zits and cysts and their opinion will never change. However, if you do insist on going through with it, you might as well do it by using the right tools. Pharmacies sell comedone extractors, which are especially recommended for such purposes. Just make sure you disinfect both the extractor and the pimple area before proceeding to business. In this way, you will reduce the risk of scarring and also protect yourself against bacterial infections. And if you want to reduce the inflammation around the pimple area, just apply an ice cube wrapped in a soft cloth for a minute or so.

References

https://www.solvaderm.com/blog/acne-and-blemishes

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/batavia-geneva-st-charles/community/chi-ugc-article-5-easy-ways-to-brighten-up-dull-winter-skin-2015-12-16-story.html

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