Pimple popping can backfire
Before you pop that pimple consider finding an alternative treatment. Squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes may seem so simple, but a lot can go wrong.
- Permanent acne scars
- More-noticeable acne
- More-painful acne
- An infection
These unwanted side effects are possible when you pop pimples at home. If you push some of the infected contents deeper into the skin, which often happens, you increase inflammation. This can lead to more-noticeable acne. Some people develop acne scars and pain. When you pop pimples yourself, you also run the risk of getting an infection from the bacteria on your hands.
What to do instead
Products like Doctor’s Approach Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Wash help to stop blemishes before they start. Benzoyl peroxide is the world’s most frequently purchased antiseptic for the skin. A chemical product, it foams and fizzes and kills acne bacteria in two different ways. One of the components of benzoyl peroxide is hydrogen peroxide. It releases oxygen, which slows down or even kills acne bacteria. The other component of benzoyl peroxide is a substance called benzoic acid. This acid makes it impossible for acne bacteria to use glucose as their cellular fuel. Even if they survive, they have to go into a dormant state.
Additional tips that can improve acne
These techniques aren’t necessary for every blemish. Acne often clears with the right skin care routine. While you’re waiting for your skin to clear, it can be tempting to pop a large pimple or squeeze out a blackhead. That can delay clearing. We cannot stress the importance of patience enough. Here are three things you can that will help you see clearer skin more quickly.
- Keep your hands away from your face. Touching, picking, and popping can worsen acne.
- Relieve pain with ice. Some acne can be painful, especially nodules and cysts. Ice reduces the inflammation.
- Treat your acne. Treatment at home takes time to work. If you don’t see results in a few weeks, call the experts at Doctor’s Approach and we can help you clear your skin.
While you may still be tempted to pop that pimple, you now know the benefits of using a different approach. And that can lead to clearer skin.