Don’t Pop Pimples! … Ever! … Not With Your Fingers Or Mechanical Extractors!
You look in the mirror and all you see are those annoying pimples! Your first impulse is to pop the pimple. DON’T! … Resist the urge because popping pimples can only make matters worse!
Don’t Pop Pimples … Why Not?
Because when you pop pimples by any means you may force the infected hair follicle to rupture. Pimples (infected hair follices) are full of live P Acne bacteria, fluids from your immune system that have been drawn to the follicle to fight the infection, sebum and dead skin cells.
The pressure from your fingers or an extractor can damage the surrounding skin tissue and rupture the infected hair follicle. If the hair follicle ruptures beneath the surface of the skin, the contents can spill into the adjacent follicles and spread the infection. When this happens, you may notice that an acne breakout appears to have more than one “head” … that is, multiple infected hair follicles in close proximity to one another.
Or, worse, if the infected follicle ruptures at the bottom, it can drive the infection deeper into your skin creating cystic acne. Acne cysts are infections very deep in the skin. They can be painful to touch and take a long, long time to heal!
Even Worse … Popping Pimples Can Lead To Acne Scars!
When acne lesions heal, your skin generates collagen fibrils to repair the wound. Normally, collagen fibrils grow in a complex web-like network to repair damaged skin, as you can see in the graphic above on the right. The collagen web forms a firm supporting matrix within the dermis, creating a smooth, even skin texture when the wound heals.
Popping pimples can result in the collagen fibrils growing in one direction with very little cross-linking!
As you can see in the graphic above on the left, collagen fibrils growing primarily in one direction, with very little cross-linking, is structurally much weaker. When this happens, the skin does not have as much support and can form divits … better known as acne scars! These indentations in the skin can take the form of “ice pick” “boxcar” “rolling” or “keloid” acne scars.
Ice Pick Scars are deep, very narrow scars that extend into the dermis. The skin looks as if it has been pierced by an ice pick. Ice pick scars appear as small, deep holes in the skin.
Boxcar Scars are round or oval depressions. Boxcar scars give the skin a pitted appearance.
Rolling Scars give a rolling or “wave-like” appearance to your skin.
Keloid Scars look like a raised, firm mass of tissue, that often grows larger than the original acne lesion. Keloid Scars are not caused by a loss of tissue. Rather, they develop because of an overproduction of collagen.
Acne Scars Are Very, Very Difficult To Correct!
Acne scars can be reduced by subcision, punch excision, laser resurfacing, or dermal fillers. These techniques are expensive and the results are variable depending on the severity of the scarring.
As tempting as it may be, the short-term satisfaction you may get from popping a pimple may result in permanent scarring. So … Please … Don’t Pop Pimples!