You are always advised not to pop your pimples. However, so many people often break the rules and do it anyway. Well, if you end up popping your pimples, there are a few things you should know to help you avoid scarring, infections and making the zit worse. Here’s what you need to know.
- You should only pop the pimple when there is a visible head on the skin’s surface. If you do it before the head appears, you will leave a permanent mark on your skin.
- You need to know what’s happening inside each pimple so you can have an idea of how to treat them. Note that, pimples breakout when the pores are clogged because of oil (sebum), bacteria or build-up of dead skin. In some cases, zits happen because of stress or genetics.
Most people assume that pus is what’s found inside every pimple, but there is much more than that. Pustules (the red bumps with pus found on the surface) are some of the blemishes you can develop. Others include nodules, papules, whiteheads, blackheads or cysts. Note that, blackheads and whiteheads don’t actually have any pus.
When you pop a zit, in most cases, you are popping a pustule pimple. Pus is formed when the inflammatory blood cells accumulate inside the follicle before reaching the skin surface. Pus accumulates because of the inflammation in the pores and oil glands.
When you pop a pimple, the pus usually has a white or yellow tint, but it might be green in some cases. The latter is caused because of a specific type of bacteria that causes an infection. However, this doesn’t happen when you have acne. Normal bacteria that cause acne will not cause this. Therefore, if you have a big, painful pimple filled with green pus, you need to ask your doctor for a prescription of antibiotics.
If there is some blood coming out of the pimple, don’t freak out since it’s really nothing to be concerned about. Note that, when the pus has cleared out, blood will come out of the pimple. However, if only blood comes out, you should not mess with that pimple. Avoid touching it because it might become more infectious.
Note that, your hands might be dirty since they come into contact with everything. Therefore, you need to keep your hands clean at all times when you are touching your face to avoid any pimples or breakouts.