How To Pop A Pimple Like A Derm

by beautifulwithbrains

how to pop a pimple

You know you should NEVER pop a pimple, right? It’s gross. And spreads the infection around. Yuck.

But, come on, you’re doing anyway. Because, it feels SO satisfying. Doesn’t it?

Well, if you must do it, do it right. Here’s how to pop a pimple like a derm (ssshhh, don’t tell them I told ya):

How To Pop A Pimple Like A Dermatologist

  1. Is that white head so visible, it looks like it’s been staring at you, begging you to pop it? Then, go ahead. But, if the white head hasn’t popped up yet, wait. You’ll just make things worse, if you don’t.
  2. Before you start, wash your face and hands. There are bacteria and dirt on there, and you don’t want them anywhere near the pimple.
  3. This is the scary part. Get a needle and sterilize it by heating up the tip with a lighter or match. Wait a few minutes for it to cool down or you’ll get burnt (ouch!), and wipe it clean with a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Soak another cotton ball in alcohol and wipe the pimple and the surrounding area with it.
  5. Place the needle nearly parallel to your skin and impale the tip of the pimple (this is why I don’t pop pimples – needles freak me out too much).
  6. Apply gentle pressure to the side of the pimple to get all the pus out. Whatever you do, DON’T squeeze!
  7. Soak another cotton ball with alcohol (it’s the last time, I swear), and gently wipe the area.

Voila, done. The pimple is gone.

If you’re dealing with more than one pimple, this won’t work. Check out this posts for my fave remedies against acne.

Now you know how to pop a pimple like a derm, tell me: have you been doing it the right way? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Nikki December 5, 2008 - 3:44 pm

my hubby knows better than I do when to pop a pimple! LOL and he says everything you discussed above! LOL He must be reading blogs 😛 thanks for the tips

Dao December 5, 2008 - 4:34 pm

I pop my zits the same way and always apply salicylic acid lotion on top of the popped zit afterward to prevent infection.

sab December 5, 2008 - 5:33 pm

yay! a really useful post! 🙂

Anastasia December 6, 2008 - 1:19 am

I have a beautician friend who also recommends using a thin tube of rolled-up tissue paper to wrap around the pimple when you squeeze; this prevents fingernails from damaging and enlarging the pores, just making them get filled with dirt again.

beautifulwithbrains December 6, 2008 - 12:45 pm

Nikki: you’re welcome. Your husband is very clever, lucky you! My boyfriend just pops everything! I always tell him not to do it, and if he must, to do it right, but he just doesn’t listen lol

Dao: you’re right, it’s always best to apply some acne spot treatment on it afterwards. Thanks for the tip!

Sab: I’m glad you likd the post 🙂

Anastasia: I had never heard of that before, but it’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing!!

Acne-Treat-Ment.Com January 6, 2009 - 11:38 pm

i never pop my pimple until it dry

beautifulwithbrains March 18, 2009 - 1:20 pm

you’re welcome. I’m glad you find it useful 🙂


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