Imagine this scenario… It’s the day you’ve been waiting for, whether you have a big date, a party or a job interview. You jump in the shower to start getting ready, and something catches your eye in the mirror. There it is: a red, raised blemish that’s ready to pop - right on the tip of your nose.
Your first thought? I’m going to squeeze you into oblivion! Many people would react the same way, despite the fact that dermatologists have been telling their patients to keep their hands off pimples. So just why is it so wrong to attack blemishes with your fingertips? We asked dermatologist Dr. Philippe Beaulieu for his expert advice.
“I always recommend that patients resist the desire to pop blemishes. It may seem like a quick fix, but in reality you are likely to make the problem worse.”
Here’s why… When you squeeze a pimple, you are literally bursting the skin. This can damage the infected hair follicle and increase inflammation. That’s what dermatologists fear most, because intense inflammation causes acne scars. Popping can also spread the original infection into neighboring areas of skin, or even introduce a new infection with bacteria from your fingernails.
“The truth is, popping spots is a harmful habit, and should be avoided at all costs.”
So there you have it. Sometimes a little willpower and patience pays off, and in this case a small blemish is better than a big scab or scar. And remember that effective anti-acne products are as close as your local Boots or online store, so you can take acne treatment matters into your own hands—just not literally.
This article reflects the opinion of Dr Phillipe Beaulieu and is intended as general information only. You should seek advice from a professional before starting any new regime or course of conduct.