To pop or not to pop the pimple.
You must be wondering why must pimples happen right before the BIG day of our lives ~ a day before our prom night, graduation day or wedding photo taking session…. And all the painful memories of us feeling ugly with the zit right on our forehead, nose or cheek and praying fervently for it to go away. The worst is we have no one to turn to for help!
It wasn’t until I became a licensed beautician 5 years ago, I became so familiar with pimples (or the many phases of this small but yet big thing), and feel compelled to share my knowledge of pimple treatment.
As pimples are a normal fact of life, and they happen to all of us, leaving some with what we call crater marks ….
To avoid more despondent young adults, I hope you can help share this article with more of your friends.
What are the different types of pimples?
- Blackheads appear as flat, dark-colored clogs. It almost looks like a dark-colored plug in the skin. They don’t hurt and are much more visible than they are “feel-able.”
- Whiteheads are tiny, white dome-shaped bumps on the skin with no visible opening to the outside. They don’t hurt and are visible and “feel-able.”
- Papules are solid, skin-colored or red bumps — solid, meaning there’s no visible pus or liquid in them. They are less than five millimeters in size, which is a fifth of an inch. They can be tender or painless.
- Pustules are bumps that contain pus, so they start out red with a yellow top and become completely yellow before they break or dry out and become crusty. The yellow color is pus that you can actually see. Pustules, like papules, are also less than five millimeters. (By the way, these papules and pustules are what we’re talking about when we say “pimples” or “zits.” They are usually tender to touch.)
- Cysts are larger than papules and pustules, so they’re more than five millimeters. When they’re skin-colored, they’re usually painless, but when they’re red, or red and yellow, they’re usually painful and can look like giant pustules. They can grow very quickly, and you usually notice them because of pain or tenderness before you actually see them.
To pop or not to pop?
Although most estheticians and dermatologists, advise against hands-on popping that is likely to scar the skin, skin care professionals know that it’s going to happen from time to time — we’re only human.
And what happens to this dirt after it is released? After popping a pimple, we have introduce dirt and bacteria from the fingers and the face into the pimple, creating a vicious cycle for more skin problems to occur. We really do not advise popping the pimple. For those who can’t help themselves, make sure to wash your face and hands prior to popping.
If you feel the urge and can’t resist squeezing your pimple only do it in the most hygienic way possible. Go to your local pharmacy and pick up a comedone extractor (translation: pimple popper or zit extractor). This usually isn’t more than $5-$15 — they are small metal devices with a small cup on one end and a hole in the bottom. To begin, disinfect both the pimple and the extractor by cleaning them with rubbing alcohol. Gently place the extractor over the pimple and discharge the pus without scarring or driving the infection deeper into the skin.
Place a Band-Aid over the popped pimple to limit the amount of bacteria exposure and to keep yourself from picking. To help a pimple heal faster, applying an antibiotic cream is helpful.
You can also read more here: Mask as Pimple Treatment
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Practise good hygiene and start a simple skincare routine to regulate the overactive sebum glands from the puberty hormones. This will prevent all the agony that comes with pimple problems.
A simple skincare routine is made of gentle cleanse, tone, oil control moisturizer twice a day. Weekly mask and a non sulphur pimple cream will really help.
As usual, hope you have enjoyed this Skin Care in Singapore article.