Every morning is different for a girl. Because it is very rare for a girl to wake up with a clean face and especially the girls who have oily and acne prone skin.
It starts with feeling uneasy over that area of the skin where a pimple is about to pop, followed with a little pain. When we wake up, going to the washroom to fresh ourselves is the second thing we do on that day because the initial minutes of ours get occupied with us looking into the mirror and yelling. And almost every girl might have noticed that whenever any festival or occasion is nearing, our facial skin starts getting excited giving us a lot of acne. And in order to get rid of them as early as possible, we try to pop them out. But that temporary relief comes with a permanent scar. And before you come to appreciate over the pimple pop in all its glory, you first have to get past the “ew” factor.
Before the pop
The blemish that you see on one sudden day, has actually been brewing for quite some time under the surface of your skin.
A dermatologist Dr David E. Bank said, “What many people don’t know is that it can take about eight weeks from the time a pore gets blocked to the time it erupts on the skin in the form of a pimple. In effect, by the time you are painstakingly applying topical products to a pimple that has broken out on your skin, you are about eight weeks too late.”
Before you pop out a pimple, you should know its type.
It is important to know the type because it will help you with an easy treatment of the same.
They appear as dark-colored, flat clogs, looking like plugs in the skin. They don’t hurt much until you pop them out and are also more visible than feel-able.
These are white, tiny, dome-shaped bumps on the skin and have no visible opening to the outside. They too don’t hurt and are easily visible and feel-able as well.
These are generally of skin color or red bumps. And there’s no visible liquid or pus in them. Papules have a size of lesser than five millimetres. They are sometimes painful and sometimes painless.
Pustules are the solid bumps filled with pus. They start out red having a yellow top and become crusty later. You can easily see the pus in them and these are usually tender to touch.
These are larger than pustules and papules, i.e. more than five millimetres. They are usually painless when they are skin colored, but when the color changes to red or yellow, they become painful. They grow very quickly.
This is why you shouldn’t pop out a pimple:
Acne causes the skin to tighten around the opening of a pore, which traps the acne inside. The acne continues to grow and multiply but does not flow out towards the surface of the skin.
And when you squeeze a pimple, the wall of the pores gets injured. The inflammation signals which are produced by the acne bacteria reach the bloodstream that creates more inflammation. And if you squeeze the pus and oil, the skin will start growing over the wound, which will trap the bacteria inside. And instead of a nasty pimple, you will soon have a nasty nodule or cyst on your skin. Therefore, it is not a good idea to pop your pimple.
What to do instead?
1. Benzoyl peroxide– It is the world’s most frequently used antiseptic for the skin. This chemical product fizzes and foams and also kills the bacteria of acne in two different ways. One of its components is hydrogen peroxide which releases oxygen and slows down or even kills the bacteria of the acne.
And the another component is benzoic acid which makes it impossible for the acne bacteria to use glucose in the form of their cellular fuel. And even if they survive, they eventually have to go into a dormant state.
2. Tea tree oil– Although, it takes as long as a day to do the job, this oil is an herbal extract that also helps in killing acne bacteria. It makes pimples less noticeable and lighter right away. But some people might turn allergic to it since it is a plant product.
Both of them can be applied as cream or gel.