Hands OFF!

By now, you’ve heard me (and just about every other acne related blog out there) talk about how it’s a bad idea to pick at or try and pop a pimple. I know it’s easier said than done, especially when you’ve got Mount Vesuvius on the tip of your nose.

But did you know that you pimple picking habit could actually be making your acne worse?

You see, when a pore becomes clogged and swollen with sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria and oil, a pimple is born. Squeezing that pimple actually forces all of that gunk even deeper into the pore and follicle. If the follicle wall ruptures, the bacteria then spills into your dermis. (That would be the innermost section of your skin)

And don’t think for a second that just because you see pus and other assorted nasty bits coming out of the top of your zit that it means that you got everything out. The very act of squeezing is enough to send some bacteria shooting up, and push the rest down.

And guess what happens to all of that trapped bacteria? That’s right, it becomes a new pimple! We’re talking vicious circle territory here.

Even worse, it can turn into a cyst. These are big, painful, fluid filled bumps that have to be treated by a doctor. (Not a fun experience, from what I’ve been told)

So there you have it—when it comes to blemishes, zits, pimples, or whatever it is that you call them, it is definitely best to maintain a strict hands off policy.

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