What to do after popping a pimple

accreditation

We all know popping zits is wrong, but sometimes we can’t help ourselves. Here’s what to do to avoid scarring.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.36.39 AM

Clean hands

Ensure that your hands are clean before popping a zit; touching your face with dirty hands is gross. Dirty hands can make bacteria spread, leading to more breakouts.

Ointment

A popped zit leaves a small open wound which can bleed. Apply an antibiotic ointment for the wound to heal faster. Avoid using make-up for sometime and leave the skin to breath.

Stop popping

Once you’ve gotten rid of the white head, avoid going deeper as this will result in swelling. The aim is to remove the whitehead, so once you’ve gotten rid of that, keep your hands off.

Ice

Regardless of how gentle your pop was, you will be left with inflammation. Avoid this by using an ice pack on the affected area to help reduce the swelling. Try to keep it on for as long as you can – 10 minutes at least.

Give make-up a break

Using foundation and concealer to cover up the wound can increase the chance of being afftected by bacteria. Disinfect the wound every night before bed with an antibacterial solution available in pharamcies and moisturise.

See a dermatologist

If all fails, then a visit to the dermatologist is never a bad idea. The damage might be bigger than you think.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24