Most of us just go in for the kill. I know, it’s totally wrong but that’s what we do. When a big fat zit is staring you in the face in the mirror, sometimes that’s the only solution. Fun fact, I’ve got a wife that loves nothing more than popping my zits. Sometimes I think she enjoys watching the pain set in my eyes as she destroys a pimple peacefully residing there.
I’m not saying that popping your zits is totally wrong and the worst thing in the world to do. Instead, what I’m saying is that doing it and not caring for it post-pop is bad. Sometimes a situation calls for the popping of a pimple and when that happens, you need to know how to care for your pimples and face. I’ll do my best to share some wisdom today so that you don’t go making matters worse, which can easily happen.
Things To Remember After Popping Your Zits
Before we cover the things that need to take place post-zit popping, let me cover some of the basics first. One thing you need to know is that it’s not recommended that you pop a zit. This actually goes without saying and you should know that if you’re reading this, but it’s worth mentioning again. If you do need to pop a zit, you need to learn how to properly do it.
The cleanliest approach is to first thoroughly cleanse your skin, exfoliate per usual, and apply a warm steam compress to your face. Use some Kleenex or facial tissues so your fingers aren’t touching your skin and gently squeeze the blackhead residing in your pores.
If you have a whitehead protruding out, then you can gently apply a sterilized lancet to release the puss from within. If you do this the incorrect way, it could actually leave some sort of scar on your face. Trust me, you don’t want that to happen. Assuming it’s any kind of pimple beside those mentioned above, do not attempt to pop it.
Now, once you’ve popped your zit, this is just the beginning of the treatment process. Incorrect or poor post popping care will result in scarring or possibly more zits.
What’s the first step?
Well, most people like to apply a toner to their skin after popping a zit. The toner that you choose should contain something called witch hazel. The witch hazel will help reduce the redness, inflammation, and swelling.
The next step is to apply a small amount of ice or a cold compress. You don’t want to apply the ice directly to your skin. Instead, be sure to wrap it with something sterile such as a tissue or something. Applying ice typically helps furth take down the swelling and inflammation.
The next thing you want to do is anything you can to further prevent infection from occurring. This means you must apply an antibacterial ointment or cream. Doing this helps protect the would and keep it well moisturized. This step is very important as you want to prevent your skin from becoming too dry.
Okay, now that you’ve done what you can to take the swelling down, reduce the chance of infection, and remove the redness, now your job is to refrain from touching it. If you do touch it, chances are you’ll end up spreading bacteria and it’s going to cause major issues.
Last but not least, you’ll want to avoid wearing makeup until this thing clears up. If you’re a guy like me and you don’t wear makeup then great. You have nothing to worry about. If you cake that stuff on like it’s your job, then you have everything to worry about.
Do these things and you won’t have acne scars form on your face (most likely). Should you choose to completely ignore my suggestion, then you’ll find yourself with more acne and scarring than ever before.
Best of luck to all!
In honor of all this pimple popping, I’d like to share this video of the most infamous pimple popper out there today…