Posted on: June 8, 2008 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 22

A pimple or zit is the annoying facial outgrowth that seems to know the best timing to reveal itself. Getting rid of pimples is not only an adolescent battle but also can lead into adulthood.  It suddenly appears on your face when you have to look your best. It’s a teenager’s worst nightmare and can even cause depression, anti-social behavior, bullying and loss of self-esteem (Learn how to build self esteem).

Many people wonder the difference between a pimple and acne, but there is really no difference. Acne is the medical term for pimple. However, many people associate acne as more intense than a pimple when it’s really just the same thing.

A pimple is a skin condition that results in obstructed or inflamed pores. Your skin has many sebaceous oil glands under it. These glands are connected to a follicle. They release oil so that it can force dead skin cells (from the dermis) out of the skin. However, the irony of life is that the follicles have a thin strand of hair that grows through and blocks most of the space where the dead skin cell must come out. The end result is clogging and the visual representation of that is a stubborn pimple.

Many people have controllable pimples, which means that their pimples only appear as whiteheads or blackheads. However, there are some people out there that have hyper-active sebaceous glands that secrete oil too much. This creates a perfect environment for a bacterium which dermatologists call “Propionibacterium.” This is generally harmless bacteria, but when it finds the right face to settle upon, it inflames the skin of the victim.

The bacteria get too comfortable with their new-found home, causing some more spots and redness on the victim’s face. The worst-case scenario is when cysts start to develop under the skin’s surface and infection is disseminated to the surrounding tissues. This is what most people refer to as acne.

This article will explore solutions to the occasional pimple – one that’s not that bad and can be controlled without resorting to any medication. The occasional pimple doesn’t require a trip to a dermatologist. You only have to follow some of the steps right here to stop the bacteria from making your face their party place.

Know When It’s Mature

Prematurely popping a pimple causes a mild skin infection. It can also cause a cyst by forcing the infection further down into the follicle shaft. What’s worse, it can also cause a permanent scar, which is a major beauty no-no. To know when you’re pimple is right for pricking, wait until you can see yellow pus that’s about to break out form the skin. This is the signal that your pimple is okay for you to prick and that it won’t be too painful to do so. Have you tried pricking a premature pimple? It definitely can hurt.

Perform Your Own Surgery

Popping a pimple with your bare fingers might not be a good idea. If you have sensitive skin, this may further aggravate the infection that’s already caused the pimple in the first place. Instead, get a bottle of alcohol, gauze (band-aid is fine), a sewing needle (not the large one!) and warm water. Sterilize the needle entirely (not just the tip). There’s no need for some lit candle to run the needle through it, you’re not a quack doctor!

Wash Your Hands

Any surgery requires thorough washing of your hands. Though popping a pimple is nowhere near minor surgery, you have to make sure you won’t introduce new germs to your ripe pimple because there’s a tendency you might touch the pimple and the goo while popping. For a safer measure, sterilize you hands with alcohol before you proceed to popping. Wash both your face and hands before you start.

Prick with Grace

You don’t need to prick your pimple with the needle with any degree of depth. Just prick it very lightly. You may use the gauze to cover your fingers by placing two small squares near both sides of the pimple. Using two fingers, apply ample pressure that’s enough to squeeze out the pus from the pore. Resume doing this until only a clear liquid comes out from the pricked pimple. When blood appears, that’s your signal that the all pus is removed and it’s time to stop.

Clean the Area

Once you’re done popping your pimple, soak the gauze pad with alcohol and wipe the area with it. This should sting, but it’s necessary so that the alcohol can kill the bacteria around the wound. This will prevent the freshly-pricked pimple from developing another infection on the actual wound. Protect the wound from other bacteria that may arrive by covering it with gauze or a band-aid. This is the reason why it’s best to pop your pimple when you have nothing else to do but stay at home.

If you pop your pimple shortly before you attend an important event or gathering, this is when concealer comes in handy. Make sure you use an anti-bacterial concealer.

Worth Watching For

There are over-the-counter products that can dry up your pimples quickly. However, these products won’t exactly remove the pimple instantly. Instead, they speed up the ripening of pimples. There are products such as “Pan-Oxyl,” a topical ointment that you can use to treat pimples. It contains benzoyl peroxide, a chemical that pimple-causing bacteria hate. The effectiveness of ointments varies according to how your skin responds to the chemicals. There are cases when topical pimple solutions don’t work at all. You just have to invest some time in finding the right pimple ointment for you.

There is a pimple removal device called “Zeno,” which is one of those “As Seen On TV” products that roughly costs $200 on the market. The device comes with a metal tip that can produce intense heat, which you can apply to the pimple. The product claims that this heat can kill the pimple-causing bacteria, allowing your skin to naturally heal itself. It may sound too costly for popping a pimple, but hey, all products have some market out there.

You can also use some astringents that contain tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural germicidal and antibacterial agent known to relieve and treat occasional pimples and even severe acne. You can outsmart your pimple from spreading by using this product in the event of a pimple outgrowth.

Not just on Your Face

Since your whole body is covered with skin, you can grow pimples anywhere, not just the face. Among the most popular pimple locations are the back, chest, underarm, arms, buttocks and even the man’s penis.

You might find this hard to believe, but there might be pimples that grow on the penis. It’s very uncommon for acne to grow on the genitalia, but it does happen to some guys. If this happens to you, you might want to get tested for herpes because pimples on the genital areas are one of the symptoms of an STD. If you know yourself very well and don’t think that this pimple is the result of a venereal disease, it might just be an allergic reaction, wound reaction, or a sanitation malpractice. If that’s the case, arrange an appointment with your trusted physician or dermatologist. If you enjoyed reading this article, you might as well enjoy reading how to conceal a pimple.

22 People reacted on this

  1. Try using the Neutrogena Wave. It softens skin and helps get rid of acne. I love using the wave because it makes your skin all tingly. You will really enjoy having the wave!

  2. i would try a clean and clear scrub in the shower to help the steam get into your pores and then rub in the scrub. leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off in hot water. i wouldn’t worry about the open pores because the steam will keep them clean. and then right after use a clean and clear type of astringent. it will moisturize and close up the pores so no more dirt gets in them, while at the same time cleaning them out.

    and i wouldn’t use toothpaste because that dries them out and will probably cause more acne in the process. you really have to keep your face moisturized or else it will dry up and attract dirt more than usual.

  3. get a prescription from your gp if its quite bad or go to a dermatologist, for girls ask for doxycyline 50mg or something your gp should know whats best for your skin anyway.

  4. Wash your face to open your pores, then put lotion on to moisturize. in the morning, when you shower, wash your face thouroughly. When you was the lotion off, it will pull whatever else is in your pores out. Afterwards, moisturize with something light and non-greasy. =]

  5. Freshly squised lemon juice the acid in the lemon jucie takes away the bacteria and therefore prevent acne it works.

  6. Try a moisturizer with 2.5% salicylic acid. the moisturizer will keep your skin soft and supple and the salicylic acid will kill the bacteria

  7. ALWAYS. wash youre face in the moring and at night even if you are totally tired from your night out…. and never put on random face products such as mums body lotion or aging cream, use a pruduct that is made for your skin type….

    hope my advice helped

  8. Of course wash your face twice a day.. no excuses! And use a face produst that is okay for your skin. ( I prefer neutrogeana) dont get proactiv! i tried it multiple times and it did nothing for my face after 4 months of using. also i heard that dabbing honey or toothpaste at night on your zits will dry them up. Also rubbing fresh lemon all over the infected area will clear them up sooner than later. I hope this help!

    P.s. take care of your skin and dont pick your zits! it causes scarring in hole in the face!

    — thanks for reading =]

  9. i have had problemed skin since i was 11-12 and my mother always said it was because my skin was dirty and i needed to wash it more often. i was washing my face twice a day at that time. i am 21 now and have sensitive skin. my friends used to ask me why i washed my face so often and maybe that was my problem. It was a very large part of it. i dont wash my face everyday anymore and my skin has SIGNIFICANTLY cleared up. i also pick at my face when i am nervous which can cause scarring, i dissinfect with bactine or sea breaze (for sensitive skin) (hydrogen peroxide works too) and then apply neosporin. That has also greatly helped my complexion. please try it if you struggle with unclear skin! if i only knew then what i know now!
    i only use a face lotion when my face feels dry and its non oil based, for sensitive skin.
    i use a clay or sulfur mask as a spot treatment and sometimes just in my t zone, but i cannot use these often, otherwise it irritates my skin. In other words use sparingly and only when necessary. 🙂 i hope this helps cause i hated my skin in highschool and never felt comfortable without makeup. now i rarely wear anything. 🙂

  10. o and i tried proactive, it spread my acne, and when i told my doctor she said that that is somewhat common among people who try it- however it really does work for some people, unfortunately not all of us lol
    ive done the toothpaste, and yeah it works but its to harsh to use all the time i think for anyone.
    tea tree oil has also helped me.
    my friend who worked at sephora told me her secret to clear skin was never comitting to one product, ie: she always tried new things like chemical peels, masks and lotions (apropriate for her skin type of course)

  11. the nutrogeena wave does NOT work!! Yea it makes your face soft but thats it! Toothpaste does not work either. Clean and clear has worked for me. I had really bad acne. I tried washing my face regularly, acnefree, nutrogeena, and finally the clean and clear acne advantage kit.WOW does the kit work!!! My friends give me compliments all the time!! My confidence has been boosted dramatically! I am no longer afraid of the camera. I would never switch from clean and clear. Even with the dramatic amount of stress in my life clean and clear has managed to keep my acne to a minimum. its almost completely gone. Im so happy now,try clean and cleat it works!!!

  12. RAWR, I despise acne! I’ve had mine for quite a while now, and it never seems to go away! I tried proactive, but I don’t use it everyday. But when I did, it didn’t really work. Is there a nice off the shelf product that works?

  13. dont use the wave it doesnt work and doesnt help your skin at all. but lemon juice does help and dont use lotions and makeups that have alot of oil in them. i learned that the hard way it clogges your pores.

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