If You Must … Three Steps To Properly Pop A Pimple

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By KyAnn Lewis

You know you’re not supposed to. Like ever. Popping a pimple is a no-no. But, like going over the speed limit, it happens. We get it.  So, here’s a newsflash for you. It is OK — once in awhile. If you must.
We even got permission from renowned Dermatologist Debra Jaliman.

Dr. Jaliman says, “Sometimes you have to pop a pimple. But you need to do it correctly.”

Pimple-Popping Protocol


1. First, clean it with alcohol.
2. If there’s pus at the surface, Dr. Jaliman says you should gently push on it with a comedone extractor using even pressure. A comedone extractor is a stainless steel tool used to extract a blackhead or whitehead. It has a loop or hole that fits around the offending pimple which is extracted by using pressure. They’re sold at drugstores and beauty supply stores. 
3. After popping, apply an antibacterial product (like Neosporin, tea tree oil, bacitracin, etc) or some salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide product.
Once in awhile is one thing, but Dr. Jaliman says popping pimples on a regular basis is a bad idea. “Red spots may appear from chronic inflammation, scars if you dig too deeply into the face, and hyper-pigmentation may result. Spreading the bacteria further into the skin and getting an infection are also possible risks.”

Recap: Once in a while is OK, IF you do it properly, but too much equals long-term trauma and damage. Got it?!
Carry on!
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Dr. Jaliman is an assistant professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology and a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in NYC. Look for more skin care secrets from Dr. Jaliman in her book Skin Rules.

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