“Doctor, I cannot resist popping pimples out, how should I do it in the right way to avoid scar or mark?”
No matter how much counselling we dermatologists do on not touching your pimples, you fall into the irresistible urge of popping pimples out. Fiddling with pimples might spread the infection deeper increasing chances of healing leaving a dark mark or depressed or raised scars.
In this article, I have given you step by step by guide on popping the right pimple in the right way.
STEP 1: Find the right pimple to pop
You can pop pus pimples that have sufficient pus inside, visible as white pus points. Popping a solid pimple is futile, putting pressure on big cystic or nodular pimples is dangerous and extracting comedones with the hand is tedious, better use comedones extractor with the help of an expert.
Step 2: Sterilise a pimple and hands
Wash your hands and thoroughly apply hand disinfectant followed by wearing gloves (optional, skip if you don’t have one). Put Betadine ointment on pimples and surrounding skin; do not use spirit or Dettol because they might irritate delicate skin of the face.
Step 3: Puncture the pus point
Take a sterile needle (available at chemist preferable 23G) or put the needle on fire and let it cool before puncturing the pus point in the centre. You can avoid this step if the pus is already oozing out.
Step 4: Apply gentle pressure
Apply gentle pressure in the upward direction with the help of two index fingers as shown in this video:
Step 5: Stop
Stop if nothing comes out, blood discharge begins or white serous fluid comes.
Step 6: End with disinfecting
In the end, again apply Betadine to a pimple and surrounding skin.