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Why Popping Pimples is Bad for Your Skin

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We have all experienced the unshakeable habit of wanting to pop pimples every time they appear. It’s understandably a natural instinctive reaction to do so, as the presence of pimples can be very uncomfortable. In fact, it’s been said to give many people a form of therapeutic relief and satisfaction. However, it’s harmful to your skin. Continue reading to find out why it’s harmful, and where to seek pimple treatment in Singapore. 

Popping pimples damages your skin 

Experts have advised the public repeatedly that popping pimples really is bad for our skin. Firstly, your skin pores are already swollen and under a lot of pressure due to the overloading of sebum and pus. 

When you pop a pimple, you end up forcing debris from the pore deeper into the follicle instead of extracting it. This causes the follicle wall to rupture and spill bacteria-infected debris into the dermis, which is the lower layer of your skin. 

In fact, you are preventing your skin from healing by popping your pimples. 

Worsens blemishes 

You may have been picking away at your pimple for quite some time, from a few hours to a few days. Gradually, you will realize that your pimple has actually enlarged in size. 

It’s proven that squeezing blemishes will aggravate them, and popping or picking at a pimple can leave a scab. If you do enough squeezing, you may even realize that a regular pimple may turn into a more severe type of acne, such as a nodule.

Some people have developed such a strong psychological compulsion to the point that they enjoy picking their skin even without the existence of new pimples. Of course, this then creates more unsightly blemishes that are difficult to remove. 

Popping pimples will cause scarring 

Popping pimples can have many longer-term effects as opposed to just a swollen spot or a scab. Firstly, you are more likely to get acne scars, which are hard to remove. The greater the damage is done to your skin, the greater the chance of tissue loss, leading to acne scarring. 

Dark marks can also develop on the skin. These dark spots are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and are caused by inflammation. They are unsightly and could be even more visible than pimples. 

Unlike a regular pimple, acne scars can last a long time, so it is essential to see a doctor once you reach this stage of acne. 

Creates even more pimples 

Instead of removing your pimples, you are actually creating even more pimples. The bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst, can spread and lead to more acne once they are released. This means that the affected area will grow over time the more you keep touching it. 

Instead of picking, you could consider wearing a rubber band around your wrist, and plucking it whenever you feel like popping your pimples. This will help you to break the habit of constantly touching and picking your pimples. 

Conclusion: avoid popping your pimples at all costs 

Popping pimples is bad for your skin, and you should seek help from a dermatologist to safely remove your pimples. If you are looking for an efficacious pimple treatment option, do consider Eeva Medical Aesthetic Clinic’s Acne Removal Treatment. Using clinically proven protocols, the doctors will tailor the treatment program to remove existing pimples, prevent recurrence of new pimples, and improve skin clarity and quality. 

With a collective experience of more than 40 years in the medical and aesthetic field along with personal experience in pigmentation, our doctors are always on the lookout for innovative, creative protocols in treating pimples. Consult our doctors at Eeva Medical Aesthetic Clinic to know more about the available treatments. 

Article references: 

  1. Dawson, Annelise L, and Robert P Dellavalle. “Acne Vulgaris.” The BMJ, British Medical Journal Publishing Group, 8 May 2013, www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f2634. 


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