Picking and prodding your skin can be a little addicting. While you might believe that this is helping keep your skin blemish- and blackhead-free, it actually might be causing further breakouts and damaging the skin – here’s why:

Picking a pimple can inflame it, causing it to fester and become bigger: 

Squeezing pimples that are under the skin may not result in expelling the matter inside. Pimples under the skin that have not yet come to a head can rupture beneath the skin when squeezed, inflaming and infecting the cells under the skin. This can result in a much larger, painful pimple.

Picking will not help the breakout go away:Image result for burst pimples

Most of us think that constant picking of blackheads and pimples will help clear the breakout. The truth is in many cases, the act of squeezing and picking at the matter blocking the pore, pushes it deeper inside, causing it to get inflamed and red and may even damage the tiny capillaries, leaving a permanent mark.

Picking can tear the skin:

Picking and squeezing with your fingertips or implement puts pressure on the inflamed pore resulting in a rupture and tearing of the skin. Especially in the case of those with cystic acne or pustules, the urge to get rid of the pimple is so strong we press and push until the entire blemish bursts – tearing the skin in the process. Not only that, chances are there will still be oil, bacteria, and debris trapped beneath the surface which will only worsen the condition. By end of this process of squeezing and expressing is over, the skin in torn and the area around the blemish is damaged.

Constant picking can lead to scaring:Image result for acne scars

When pimples are picked and squeezed, and ruptured pores become inflamed or infected, they often leave a scab. That’s because the ‘injured’ cells send a message to the body to heal the damaged area, and when that happens, scabs form to protect the area. In most cases, the scabs are then picked off and this leads to permanent scarring.  For those with darker skin tones (above Type III on the Fitzpatrick Scale), this can result in discoloration of the area which can be difficult to erase or fade.

So while it’s almost impossible to leave that pimple alone and allow it to come to a head before gently popping it, it really is the best way to treat acne prone skin – especially if you want to avoid damaging the skin.  When you squeeze a pimple with your fingertips, the downward pressure can spread the material through the skin, making a bad situation worse. If you simply must pop that pimple, then learn how to pop a pimple in the correct way.  

In addition, there are many ways to prevent pimples from forming and things you can use to treat pimples and stop them from becoming inflamed.  For more tips on how to keep your skin blemish-free, see the resources below: