Picking a blemish is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Not only do you potentially spread the infection, you also increase the chance of scarring and slow the healing process. Squeezing a pimple from the sides can also break the gland underneath the skin’s surface.
So what if you’ve already popped a pimple? At this point, dab it with an “emergency” blemish cream or an over-the-counter cortisone cream.
You may also want to try chopping up a non-coated aspirin and mix it with water to form a paste; then, apply it to the spot for 15 to 20 minutes. The salicylic acid in the aspirin helps to kill the bacteria. You’ll also want to use an oil-free sunscreen to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Next time, if you must pick, use a comedone extractor, which applies pressure straight down onto the blemish, alleviating the risk of worsening the breakout.
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