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How to Pop Your Pimple the RIGHT Way

How to Pop Your Pimple the RIGHT Way

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Oh hello, new giant zit that seemingly appeared out of thin air. What perfect timing: You just woke up and have a big day ahead of you. So the real question is, to pop or not to pop? Skincare guru from makeup.com, Stacy Cox, says, if you have to do it, make sure there is a clear, discernible whitehead at the top. Never attempt to pop pimples that don’t have a whitehead, you’ll just aggravate it more and cause more redness.


Now, let’s get poppin’, shall we?

Step 1: Start by washing your face and hands. Touching a blemish with dirty hands can lead to even bigger problems than the pimple on your face.

Step 2: Using a hot towel, apply pressure to the pimple for at least a minute. This ultimately softens the skin around the blemish, allowing for an easier extraction.

Step 3: Grab two Q-tips and place them in each hand.

Step 4: Ready to squeeze? The rule of thumb is to squeeze in an upward motion. Grab both sides of the blemish and gently squeeze. Once it starts oozing, as graphic as that is - we know, that’s your cue to let it go!

Step 5: After you’ve finished squeezing, gently dab the area with a cleansing wipe. To minimize any redness, rub a cold ice cube over the spot to calm the area down.

PRO TIP: apply a topical antibiotic like Neosporin to kill any infection-causing bacteria.


Here we lay out a few of Influensters' trusted cleansers that should help prevent your breakouts:

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control | St. Ives Blemish Control | Aveeno Foaming Cleanser


What are some cleansers you live by to prevent breakouts? Tell us in the comments below!

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