You shouldn’t be popping pimples at any cost though. There are some not-so-great implications of such a pimple popping expedition.
We have listed down four reasons that’ll convince you to just leave the pimple alone forever.
- It can do great damage to your skin:
- You are prohibiting healing:
- You can aggravate blemishes that result in scarring:
- More pimples:
It can do great damage to your skin:
There is no denying that popping pimples can land your skin in a world of trouble.
Acne gets inflamed into a pimple when the pore becomes engorged with excess oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, resulting in the formation of pus. With such an obvious bump on your body, it is quite natural to want to meddle with it.
But you must first understand the implications of doing so. Before you start squeezing the pimple, you need to understand that the pore is already under tremendous pressure. Squeezing it can really worsen the situation. While squeezing the pimple, you could inadvertently force all the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle of the skin, rupturing the follicle wall and spilling all the infected matter into the dermis. You could very well end up pushing the infected matter deeper into the dermis, while only some of the pus gets extracted from the pore.
You are prohibiting healing:
Acne is the result of blocked pores and bacteria. And a pimple formation is basically your body’s response to the situation.
By picking at it, you are hindering the natural process of the body against acne. Instead of meddling with your pimple, you could instead resort to other methods like washing your face with a cleanser or treating it with aloe vera. Let your body take its course naturally.
You can aggravate blemishes that result in scarring:
While you want to get rid of the pimple as soon as possible, you could do more damage than good in the process.
And the damage isn’t just on the inside. You’ll be able to observe its consequences on your skin’s appearance as well. Picking at a pimple can leave behind a scab, making your skin appear redder and swollen. Popping pimples can have long term consequences as well, significantly increasing your chances of developing acne scars in the future.
Your skin usually heals after it has been damaged but there’s also a possibility of tissue loss, which results in acne scars. The chances of tissue loss increase with an increase in the cases of skin damage as well. These can result in dark spots on the skin, caused by inflammation. Since the habit of popping a pimple causes inflammation, you're also bound to notice the accompanying post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as the pimple heals. While you’ve had your share of fun taking a dig at the pimple, it is bound to leave marks as a result, ones that could take forever to fade.
While you were intending to get rid of the pimples as soon as possible, you could actually end up multiplying this problem by popping them. The bacteria, oil and debris contained within the pimple can spread rapidly. You’ll often notice a second pimple popping up, soon after you’ve popped the first.