Zit, pimple, pustule, blemish, acne— whatever you call them, it’s safe to say that nobody likes to have one. Whether you’re the type of person who picks at their face as soon as they get a blemish or if you just like to let things ride their course, it is good to know the proper way to pop a pimple and find some relief. We have created a step-by-step guide regarding how to extract a zit without causing damage in the process. Read on to learn more.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands
Before you touch your skin, make sure to wash your hands. The dirt, oil, and bacteria on your hands can cause further breakouts.
Step 2: Look for a Whitehead
A whitehead is when the pus from your pimple has come to a head and means that it is ready to extract. If you don’t have a whitehead yet, it’s best to leave a pimple alone.
Step 3: Apply Pressure
Using either a specialized pimple extractor tool or your knuckles, gently apply pressure on either side of the whitehead— this should cause a pimple to pop. If you can’t get it to pop, try moving your tool or knuckles from side to side— this movement will help bring a pimple to the surface.
Step 4: Cleanse the Area
Using either a toner or Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad, gently cleans a pimple and the surrounding skin. This is one of the most important steps of the process because it will prevent bacteria from spreading across your skin and causing other breakouts.
Step 5: Apply An Ointment
Next, try applying an acne ointment or gel that contains ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil. These ingredients will help to dry up your pimple and start the healing process.
Step 6: Don’t Pick
As the hardest step for most people, it’s important that you let your skin heal on its own and don’t pick at it. Picking will just lead to scarring.
If you’re going to pop a pimple, you might as well know how to properly extract it. By using the step-by-step guide listed above, you can get rid of your pimple without causing further damage in the process. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Sterling Aesthetics today!