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Is There a Safe Way to Pop Pimples?

We’ve all done it but here’s why you should reconsider next time.
julio 20, 2022

We’ve all been tempted to pop a pimple once or twice and maybe (most likely), we’ve even acted it on. Whether it’s mild acne like a blackhead or an inflamed whitehead, it’s hard to resist that ready-to-burst pimple on your face that’s practically calling your name to pop it. But, before you go for that satisfying pop, there are some things you should know.

It turns out that pimple popping isn’t just considered a no-no because it’s gross (let’s be real, it’s pretty nasty) can lead to some serious skin care woes, including even worse acne, acne scarring and more. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about pimple popping, including whether or not you should really be doing it yourself and how to create a routine to avoid breakouts in the first place.

What is Pimple Popping and Why Do Pimples Burst When You Pop Them?

Popping pimples is exactly what it sounds like — squeezing a zit with your fingers until it bursts. Pimples burst when you pop them because there is inflamed pus, bacteria and gunk trapped inside. 

You’ve likely scrolled past the disgusting yet somehow intriguing pimple popping videos on social media and you’ve almost certainly been tempted to do it to your own face. The reason why is because there is something so satisfying about popping pimples and visibly removing a blackhead or whitehead from the skin. 

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