Pimple popping: Why a dermatologist should do it
- Created in Acne and rosacea
Too often, people worsen their acne by squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes.
If you have a pimple that you’re about to pop, stop! You’ll want to read this first.
Do-it-yourself pimple popping can backfire
Squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes may seem so simple that anyone can do it, but there is an art to doing it right. You need proper technique to avoid:
* Permanent acne scars
* More-noticeable acne
* More-painful acne
* An infection
These unwanted side effects are likely when you pop pimples at home. If you push some of the contents inside the pimple 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.
Dermatologists know how to remove acne safely
Dermatologists use a few different techniques to physically get rid of acne. One is called acne extraction, which involves using sterile instruments to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads.
Acne extraction is usually offered when other acne treatment fails to clear the skin. it’s rarely a first choice because it takes time and can be expensive.
When performed by a dermatologist, acne extraction is a safe way to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads.
Another technique that dermatologists use allows them to get rid of a deep, painful acne cyst or nodule. To do this, a dermatologist will inject the blemish with a corticosteroid. This speeds healing and reduces the risk of scarring.
An injection is fine for treating one especially painful acne nodule or cyst. It cannot be used to treat several acne blemishes. If you receive too much corticosteroid, it can cause unwanted side effects.
Only a doctor should inject a corticosteroid.
To remove a large pimple or painful acne cyst or nodule, your dermatologist may also use a procedure called incision and drainage. It involves using a sterile needle or surgical blade to open the blemish and then removing what’s inside.
Because dermatologists use proper technique, this procedure can help drain a pimple, cyst, or nodule.
What to expect from acne removal procedures
During acne extraction, a dermatologist uses sterilized equipment to clean out your pores. You may need to have your skin exfoliated first.
Blackheads and whiteheads can return, so you’ll need to follow a skin care plan to prevent new blemishes.