The first rule of skincare is – never pick or pop a pimple. Yet, when one (or several) appear all we want to do is pop it and get it off our face. While some women are good at controlling the temptation to pop it, others just can’t keep their hands off and before you know it – pop!
Now that the damage is done, what do you do next (other than calling your BFF and crying for an hour)? What you are looking for is damage control and here’s how you gotta do it.
- Don’t continue picking the pimple
- Gently cleanse the area
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation
- Use an acne treatment
- Wear sunscreen
Don’t continue picking the pimple
Touching the scab, again and again, is not going to help. In fact, it will only lead to further damage and possibly more pimples. Stop touching it immediately (don’t stand in front of the mirror staring at it either) — just leave it alone.
Gently cleanse the area
To ensure the bacteria doesn’t spread to the nearby pores, it’s necessary to cleanse the area thoroughly using a gentle cleanser. Use one formulated without any harsh chemicals like the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash to get give it a good cleanse.
Apply ice to reduce inflammation
After popping a pimple, the next thing you will most probably notice is inflammation and redness. Applying ice is the best way to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Wrap the ice in a soft cloth or paper towel and apply it over the inflamed area for a few minutes, several times a day.
Use an acne treatment
Get your hands on an acne treatment or continue using ones that are prescribed to you by your dermat. These treatments are infused with anti-bacterial formulas that help heal a popped pimple. The Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel contains salicylic acid which is useful in combating acne breakouts because of its ability to reduce and control sebum secretion.
A popped pimple is like an open wound, so be extra cautious while treating it. Wearing a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 such as the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30 will prevent discolouration and blemishes.