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Is It Bad To Pop Pimples?

Also Known As: blemishes, blackheads, pimples, pustules, whiteheads, zits



Short answer

Yes, it is bad to pop your pimples. Tempting as it may be, it will actually do more harm than good to your skin.



Long answer

Why is it that pimples always seem to appear when you have an important meeting, date, or event coming up? It’s all too appealing to try and get rid of them yourself, in hopes that a quick pop will solve the problem and you can feel comfortable showing your face again. Unfortunately, this is a bad idea for a few reasons, and can leave your skin looking (and feeling) much worse than before.

Popping your pimples can be very satisfying, but you probably wouldn’t think so if you knew that doing so could lead to even more pimples in the surrounding area. When you pop zits, you are pushing out pus and bacteria that can spread to other, nearby pores. The pores can clog when bacteria enter, and new pimples will form. As well as pushing it out of the skin, you are likely to push bacteria deeper underneath. This can cause larger bumps known as nodules, more redness, more irritation, and even cysts. Cysts are very painful and need to be treated by a doctor.

A pimple generally clears itself within a week, but popping them can cause scars that can last forever. These scars appear as pits in the skin that are much more noticeable, and more difficult to cover up than a pimple. Treatments for these scars include scar-fading creams that are applied topically, filler injections to fill the pit and make it more even with the surrounding skin, and lasers. Needless to say, these treatments can be very costly, and it can take a while to notice a difference.

So is it worth it? You may want to rethink popping the next time one of these unwelcome visitors arrive!

Possible short-term side effects

  • bleeding / pus
  • soreness
  • spread of bacteria
  • nodules

Possible long-term side effects

  • more pimples
  • cysts
  • scarring

Big is popping pimples bad for you.

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Written by Healthy Living 35 | 12-28-2015

Written by Healthy Living 35
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