Is popping a pimple bad for Skin?

by Marshaneil Soumi D’ Rozario |18 June 2018

is popping a pimple bad for skin
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When you wake up in the morning absolutely rattled by ugly acne adorning your face, it is natural to be tempted to squeeze it. Little do we know about the outcome of this action. Pimples can appear anytime and at any place and it becomes extremely annoying if it crops up before any important occasion or meetings. We need to understand that popping a pimple can give certain psychological satisfaction but it triggers more outbreaks resulting in persistent scars. If you keep trying to pop your pimples it can get bigger and swollen. Inflamed acne pimples, happens due to excess sebum accumulation, dead skin cells, bacteria, and pus. Next time, when you feel the urge to squeeze a pimple remember that the pores underneath are already swollen and adding any more pressure can wreck the pore deeper into the follicle.


Constant pocking or pricking of pimples can push the bacteria deeper into the dermis while the pus is extracted from the pore. It is most advisable to let a pimple survive its life cycle without causing rupture to the follicle wall or manifesting infected material into the innermost part of the skin. One of the common outcomes of pricking on a pimple is stubborn scars. Squeezing can aggravate blemishes from bad to worse. A simple pimple can transform into a serious type of blemishes like a nodule or an acne cyst. Such cysts require medical help. They are more serious in nature, larger in size and painfully inflamed lesions. They develop when a membrane forms around the infection in the dermis, creating a soft, fluid-filled lump. If the pimples are left alone, they can get healed within 3 to 5 days without leaving a scar behind. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or lead to scarring. Dark spots can appear due to tissue loss. It is called post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It mostly appears after a pimple heals.


There’s a part of your face called the “danger triangle” and popping acne within it is, really dangerous. The triangle is the area between the corners of your mouth and the bridge of your nose — this is the area that has your sinuses behind it. It also contains nerves and blood vessels that transport blood to the brain. If you pop a pimple within the danger triangle, the skin can become infected and this infection can permeate these blood vessels. If that happens, the veins that run behind your eye sockets may form a clot to contain the infection. That clot puts pressure on the brain and can lead to paralysis or even death. This specific condition is also called Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis.


How to get rid of Pimples?


Acne Spot Treatment: This treatment is applied to patients with less severe blemishes. To counter the pimples, a product is applied on individual pimples, so that it dries and the spot is healed.


Daily Acne treatment regime: Regular medication and use of acne counter products can reduce the outbreaks. It will help clear your skin and thereby making pimples a thing of the past


Consult a Dermatologist: When squeezing pimples, popping zits or picking at the skin becomes a compulsion; it's time to look a little deeper for help. A dermatologist can prescribe a proper acne treatment or sometimes n safely pops the pimple using a sterile needle using an instrument called comedone extractor.


Treat your skin gently: Never use your fingernails or any hard object to pick on your acne. The best policy is hands-off policy.



 Disclaimer: Welthi.com does not guarantee any specific results as a result of the procedures mentioned here, and the results may vary from person to person. Read more