People who are affected by pimples have strong urges to pop pimples. Popping pimples seem to be the quickest way to make pimples go away. Your pimples will flatten right away and you may think that now the pimples are gone and you need not to worry no more. However, the reality is that these pimples will get bigger and you will have more pimples after you pop them.
When you pop a pimple, the white pus gets squeezed out but now you just make an opening to the dermis (the inner layer of the skin). Bacteria will get inside the wound and further infect and spread to other part of your face. So what happens next? The pimple gets bigger and uglier! The worse is not yet over. Dark red nodules called cystic acne can form. Cystic acne leads to acne scar. Scars are often permanent and can only be treated by a dermatologist.
So is it always bad to pop pimples? What if you have to attend a date, an interview, or some other important events the next day? If your pimples are whitish (pus), then it may be okay to pop them. Make sure you do not use your unwashed hands to pop them. Even normal soap and water will not kill all the bacteria. When popping pimples, it is best to use a sterilized pin and a cloth soaped with disinfectant alcohol. If the pimples become aggravated and redden, stop immediately. The keyword point is to pop without letting bacteria infect the popped spot.
If popping pimples is not necessary, it is always better to leave it alone. A normal pimple stays on your face for approximately three to seven days, while a cystic acne can stay on your face forever. Always remember that pimples don’t like to be touched. Try to keep your hands and fingers away from your pimples as much as possible.