Answer this question as quickly as you can: what is the worst thing you can do to a pimple? A lot of people will get this right and say that the worst thing you can do to a pimple is to keep picking on it and popping it. But what is really bizarre is that even the folks who get the answer right are the ones who are guilty of doing the exact same thing. Face it – there is nothing more tempting than popping a burgeoning pimple to perdition but pop that pimple and you are most certainly doing more harm than good. The bottom-line here is to stop picking on pimples if you do not want them to get worse.
However, to stop picking on pimples is easier said than done because for some people, it has become quite a habit. If you are guilty of picking your pimples and zits and you want to stop, below are some things you can do to stop manhandling your pimples and abusing your skin in the process.
How Do You Do It?
One of the first things you can try so you stop picking on pimples is by keeping your hands occupied. You know how they say idle hands are the devil’s play ground? Well you want to keep your hands busy. Make origami, write down your thoughts, etc. The fact is, if your hands are busy then they cannot mess with your pimples and make them worse.
People who pop their zits most often are those who look in the mirror often. When you are looking in the mirror and you have a zit that is just begging to be popped, try to focus your eyes on other areas and not on your pimple so you do not pop it. Focus instead on your hair, makeup or teeth so that you do not get side-tracked.
Treat it when it is still beneath the surface. If you want to make sure that you do not have to stop picking on pimples try to treat them when they haven’t erupted just yet. This means the resulting pimple will look a lot less bad.
If You Must Do It
If your resolve is weak and you just have to pop your pimples, you might as well do it the right way so that you do not make things worse. When you pop your zits, you need to make sure your hands are clean so that you lessen the chances of infection. In fact, it would be better if you cannot use your hands and instead use a tissue to cover your fingers and keep the area sterile. You can also apply a warm compress on the zit before you pop it or exfoliate the area so the skin is thinner and it is easy to pop the sac and get the gunk out.
You may also use a sterile needle to pop the sac so that you can get rid of the pus and not damage the skin.