Not only learning how to pop a pimple, but learning how to pop a pimple properly will drastically decrease your breakouts and prevent further issues like scarring. A pimple isn't permanent, but the skin damage left behind from hacking away at one — most definitely is!
When it comes to blemished skin, men and women alike can agree that it's a real pain in the butt. Sometimes it even goes beyond just being annoying, and genuinely lessens the quality of a person's life. Think about it — it's pretty difficult to feel confident with red sores, white heads, and black heads running rampant on your face, right?
Here are a few tips to add to your beauty routine. You don't have to feel like less of a man because you're taking the time to invest in your skincare. Again, no matter how macho you are — pimples aren't a good look.
Avoid The "Triangle Of Death"
- It's true that certain areas of your face are more prone to scarring/infection than others. The "Triangle Of Death" is referring to the area more prone to infection, hence the dramatic precedent in the name. According to Men's Health:
"The reason for heightened concern here is the blood supply in this particular facial region, according to Jeremy Brauer, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. The veins in your “danger triangle” ultimately lead back to your cavernous sinus, located in your brain, he says."
"So let’s say you pop a pimple there. That can create an open wound, and if bacteria get in there—say, you touch your face without washing dirty hands—you can develop an infection. And that hypothetical infection is why your “danger triangle” could be deadly."
Naturally, it's not worth creating an open would that be fatal, right? While we did mention that pimples aren't exactly attractive, they certainly aren't worth dying over either!
Avoid Your T-Zone
If you've popped a pimple before, you might have noticed that a blemish on your chin takes longer to heel than a blemish on your neck. As mentioned earlier, certain parts of the body are more biologically prone to scarring than others. That's were the T-zone comes in, which inludes your forehead, nose, and chin. As per POPSUGAR:
"The T-Zone is oilier than the rest of your face because it has a higher percentage of oil glands. These areas tend to break out more often and have a higher tendency toward blackheads, whiteheads, irritation, sunburn, and redness."
Ultimately because the skin is so much more sensitive in those areas, the same reasons that make it prone to outbreaks, make it prone to scarring. It's especially disconcerting, as the T-zone is smack dad in the middle of your face, but, hey! We all have our crosses to bear.
The best way to minimize the intensity of a breakout in your T-zone is by properly washing your face. The trick is to remove the oils causing the acne, without drying out the skin. That tends to be difficult because most acne treatments contain a great deal of salicylic acid — a popular drying agent. Dr. Sandra Lee, more commonly known as "Dr. Pimple Popper" has recently put out a line of products:
"Once you’ve cleansed, it’s equally important to make sure you’re treating your skin with the right acne-fighting products and moisturizing to keep your face hydrated and protected."
It's not a one-step process and can feel really daunting at times, but the result is clear skin and if there's one thing we know for certain, clear skin will get you one step closer to feeling confident with the ladies.
Don't Use Your Fingers
Don't feel like an idiot if you've been popping those pesky blemishes with your hands all these years. It wasn't until recently that we discovered actual tools for getting the job done. It seems like common sense, but it isn't. According to WebMD:
"Poke, pick, prick, and prod a pimple, and you can force the debris and bacteria even deeper into your skin. You may also introduce new kinds of bacteria from your finger into the zit. That can cause the pimple to become more red, inflamed, swollen and infected, and may even lead to permanent scarring."
Use a comedone extractor, they're super cheap and super effective! You go ahead and place the opening over the blemish so as to apply pressure on all sides. Give it 30 seconds or so, and all of the contents should be removed. Note: this will not work on cystic acne that lives beneath the skins surface!
Comedone Extractor Kit — $8.99
There you have it, Gents! Remember, acne won't go away over night, but by implementing a consistent, well-informed skincare routine into your life will drastically decrease the issue you might be dealing with.
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