The first advice to anyone with acne, do not pop it. Popping a pimple could leave you with an unsightly scar, closed comendones (white heads) or worse an infection from your fingers. The best advice when it comes to pimples is – wait it out.
Here are some techniques to manage that terrible irritant:
- If oily skin is your concern then using a gentle astringent post washing could help you out. Another solution to persistent oily skin is, to use a glycolic acid peel. A peel helps to gently peel off the topmost and oiliest layer of the skin. Rendering you oil free and glowing.
- Benzoyl Peroxide and salicylic acid are good reagents to kill bacteria and reduce the redness associated.
- Redness reducing eye drops, also serve as a good agent to minimize the appearance of a zit.
If you still decide to pop the zit, here are a few handy tips to do it right:
- Wash your hands and face with warm water and soap.
- Wet a wash cloth with warm water and hold it to the area for about 30 seconds.
- Next, use 2 cotton swabs to gently press on either side. This should ideally be done in a down-and-in motion.
- The zit should pop with little effort. If it doesn’t relent, it’s not ready; if you persist you risk being left with an ugly reminder.
- After you are done with popping your zit, remember to lightly dab the area with a cream containing Hydrocortisone .
- Remember, do not touch the area.
It is always best to remember that in case of a persistent acne problem it is best to get some professional advice and see a dermatologist at the earliest.
First Published: Jul 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM