Do-it-yourself pimple popping can backfire

Squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes may seem so simple that anyone can do
it, but there is an art to doing it right. You need a proper technique to avoid:

  • Permanent acne scars
  • More noticeable acne
  • More painful acne
  • An infection

These unwanted side effects are likely when you pop pimples at home. If you push
some of the contents inside the pimple deeper into the skin, which often happens, you
increase inflammation. This can lead to more-noticeable acne. Some people develop
acne scars and pain. When you pop pimples yourself, you also run the risk of getting an infection from the bacteria on your hands.

Dermatologists know how to remove acne safely

Dermatologists use a few different techniques to physically get rid of acne. One is called acne extraction, which involves using sterile instruments to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. Acne extraction is usually offered when other acne treatments fail to clear the skin.

To remove a large pimple or painful acne cyst or nodule, your dermatologist may also use a procedure called incision and drainage. It involves using a sterile needle or surgical blade to open the blemish and then removing what’s inside.

Because dermatologists use proper techniques, this procedure can help drain a pimple, cyst, or nodule.