We get it, when dealing with breakouts, everyone wants them gone ASAP. So, it can be incredibly tempting to pop pimples. Unfortunately, this can do far more harm than good and it’s truly not the best treatment for acne.
Why? Squeezing pimples can cause bacteria to be pushed deeper into the skin which results in – yep, you guessed it – more breakouts. Popping pimples can also cause scabs and even long-term damage like scars or pitting¹.
All that said, we understand that at times, it’s impossible not to pop. So, although we recommend that you try your hardest not to pop that pimple, if you really, truly must, here’s how you could do it.
1. Cleanse thoroughly
Begin by cleansing your skin with a gentle wash like Azclear Action Foaming Wash. This will help sweep away any surface impurities like excess oil and bacteria, leaving you prepped for the next step.
2. Steam your skin
It’s a beauty myth that steaming ‘opens’ the pores but it does still offer many benefits. Steaming the complexion helps to soften the skin and allows blocked pores to be more unclogged².
If you don’t own a facial steamer, that’s no problem. Try positioning your face around 30cm above a bowl of hot water and drape a towel over your head to keep the steam in. Pop your favourite podcast on and relax for five to ten minutes. If, at any time, the steam becomes uncomfortable or feels too hot, stop right away.
3. It’s pimple popping time
Grab some cotton pads and position one over each of your pointer fingers. Place your pointer fingers either side of the pimple and gently push downwards. If the pimple isn’t easily popped after around five seconds, it’s time to stop. This means that the blockage isn’t ready to come out yet, and if you force it, you’ll damage your skin.
4. Clean the site
If the pimple does pop, afterwards you’ll want to cleanse the area a second time using warm water and your favourite face wash. Then, dry your face with a clean towel using gentle patting motions.
5. Ice it down
Squeezing zits can cause swelling around the area but applying ice can help minimise this. Take an ice cube, wrap it in a clean, soft cloth or piece of paper towel and apply it to the area for around one minute.
6. Apply an acne treatment
To help with any new breakouts, use a medicated acne treatment like Azclear Action Medicated Lotion directly on your pimples. This helps to fight bacteria while also clearing the sebaceous glands to help reduce future congestion of the skin.
7. Finetune your skincare routine
The best way to help manage acne prone skin is to have a consistent skincare routine in place. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this simple skincare routine using the Azclear Action range.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, worsen or change unexpectedly, talk to your health professional.