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What to do once you’ve popped a pimple

What to do once you’ve popped a pimple

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When it comes to pimple care, we hopefully all know by now that it's good practice to keep our hands off of pimples.

While some pimples can be pretty easy to pop and maybe don’t cause as much damage to the skin, there are some kinds of zits that you’ll want to completely avoid picking at. If you’ve dealt with cystic acne, these types of pimples can appear as large, red bumps and trying to pop them will only make things worse.

But sometimes you can’t help it and you just end up picking at your pimple. Maybe it’s bugging you a little too much or you have an event to attend and you don’t want to show up with a visible whitehead.

Either way, you’ve popped your pimple. So now what are you supposed to do?


Treating a popped pimple:

Since you've already popped your pimple, all you can do now is make sure to follow the appropriate aftercare so you don’t have to deal with inflammation or scarring down the line.

Before you even think about touching a popped pimple, make sure that your hands are squeaky clean. You don’t want to transfer any bacteria from your hands to an open wound, so it’s important that you wash up with antibacterial soap.

Now that your hands are clean, you’ll want to apply a product that has some sort of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For instance, Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial and helps soothe irritated skin (in this case the popped pimple).

However, you should veer away from applying Tea Tree Oil straight to an open pimple. Instead, you can use our Soothing Blemish Patch, a hydrocolloid patch infused with Tea Tree Oil, Aloe, and Madecassic Acid. The Soothing Blemish Patch can be applied on popped pimples to help calm the angry wound. After a couple of hours you’ll notice a reduction in swelling and redness.



How to treat post-pimple dark spots:

Now that you’ve taken care of the open pimple and it’s sufficiently healed, you might still have to deal with a little post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). PIH is basically when extra pigmentation is produced following an injury to the skin, like popping a pimple. These dark spots can also darken even further if you don’t take the proper precaution to protect your skin against sun damage.

There are a couple different skincare ingredients that can help brighten dark spots including: Niacinamide and Green Tea. Our Dark Spot Brightening Patch with microneedles is infused with 2% Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Madecassoside, and Green Tea to help fade dark spots and keep the skin hydrated. Niacinamide and Green Tea both help brighten dark spots and the dissolving microneedles help deliver these ingredients straight to the spot.



How to avoid popping pimples

Hopefully in the future you will feel less inclined to pop your pimples, especially since you can cause unnecessary damage to your skin. Blemish patches are a pretty easy way to deal with pimples since all you have to do is apply the patch and wait.

Plus, blemish patches also help deter you from constantly touching at a pimple and helps curb the urge to pop it. With blemish patches at least if you keep touching the pimple the patch will be there to create a barrier between your hands and the pimple so you don’t spread bacteria to the spot and the surrounding skin.

Our line of blemish patches help treat a variety of different blemish types. Like say you’re dealing with a blind or pre-stage pimple, our Extra Strength Blemish Patch with Salicylic Acid can help extract all the gunk from a pimple without you having to squeeze it out. And, if you have surface acne, our Blemish Patch can help with those whitehead pimples. We even have you covered if you happen to be dealing with a cluster of pimples. Our Custom Blemish Patch can be cut into any shape you want and can fit over multiple pimples in any area on your face or body.


One last thing:

Although we don’t recommend it, if you plan to pop any pimples in the future, always wash your hands thoroughly first. And don’t pop pimples with your fingers, try instead using cotton swabs to gently apply pressure. But, if you find the pimple won’t pop after trying a bit then it’s best to leave it alone to avoid making matters worse.

Don’t forget to patch the popped pimple as well to help the healing process and to protect it from outside bacteria.

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