We all get ‘em, and we all want to see ‘em gone as soon as possible. This often leads to us picking, squeezing and scratching at the pimples that we may have on our face. After all, there is a whole lot of different information and opinions on this. If you squeeze the pimple if you see a white head on top, it’s okay to pick, right? Or if it’s a pimple that’s still under the skin, it’s best to squeeze it to bring it to the surface to pop, right? Or when the pimple has been on our skin for 3 days it’s okay to pick and scratch at it to remove it.
The real answer to whether or not pimple picking is a good idea is an easy one: don’t do it. Pimple picking is only leaving yourself open to either a larger pimple, or even more pimples developing. When our skin becomes inflamed, as it does when we have a pimple, our pores often become filled with an increased amount of bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil.
When you squeeze a pimple and break the pimple open, there’s a very good chance that this unhealthy debris will actually sneak its way deeper into your pore and even right to the hair follicle. As a result, the follicle wall may break open and spill this infected debris into a deeper section of skin, referred to as a dermis.
Squeezing a pimple may not only cause permanent and irreversible scarring, but it can also cause a cyst to develop, or it can lead to a nodule forming. A nodule is a very red, hard and painful blemish that forms deep under the skin. Cysts are even larger and more painful, and need to be treated by your doctor.
Here’s the real downfall to picking at your pimples: it can lead to even MORE pimples. Picking at your pimples can spread the bacteria or infection that is already present on your skin, which means that your acne will only become worse and worse as a result.
There are some “tools” out on the market these days that are designed to help you successfully “pick” at your pimples, but these should be avoided at all cost. Taking preventative and proactive measures is definitely the way to go when it comes to preventing pimples and not picking at your pimples. First and foremost, make sure that you have a ‘hands off’ policy when it comes to your face. Your hands carry a whole lot of dirt, grime and bacteria, so keep them as far away from your face as possible.
Next, make sure that any cleansing and moisturizing products you choose are suitable for acne prone skin, and are effective for your skin. Not all acne-prone skin treatments are right for you, so continue to try different products until you find the right one for you.
Finally, the best way to treat your acne is to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be able to give you professional and tailored advice on how to treat and cure your acne.