Pimple picking we are all guilty of it.
Because let’s face it zits suck.
Whilst we appreciate that it’s almost like a rite of passage, see zit and pick at it.
But unless you want permanent pigmentation or scarring, you may want to stop that pimple picking in its tracks.
Why picking your pimples is a big no
Chronic picking can injure your skin, spreading bacteria, and possibly causing scars.
Scraping your skin with your nails is an easy way for all nasty germs to get into the skin, causing infection.
Picking causes inflammation which causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, darkening the skin in the area of the pimple. Your best bet is to treat your pimple with a spot treatment.
Instead, we recommend using a topical spot treatment like RESQ, an anti-blemish formula that will help to flush out debris in the follicle – you don’t want to use anything too active over the skin just a spot treatment. Otherwise, you will undermine the integrity of the protective barrier, causing more problems.
Pop don’t pick
But what if you can’t resist, how do you damage control that post pick? Well, you’re going to have to treat your pimple popping like a surgical procedure:
- cut your nails short, making sure your hands are super clean
- next, take two tissues and wrap them around your index fingers
- gently press down on the pimple until it pops, be gentle if nothing is happening to give it up, forcing that pimple can lead to pigmentation or scarring
- now you have caused trauma to the skin you need to treat it with some TLC, dab on natural antiseptic like SOS soothing complex, containing antibacterial Manuka to compound the area
Anatomy of a pimple
To treat your pimple successfully, you really need to understand it’s anatomy. Bothersome overactive oil glands can cause a build-up of sticky skin cells and oil, which clump together at the bottom of a follicle.
In the beauty industry, we refer to this clumping as micro-comedo, which is the beginning of acne lesions and because these sneaky little comedones reside under the skin, they can’t be seen by the naked eye, so we tend to ignore them; but bubbling below the surface is the start of the pimple, as dead cells build-up and oil in the follicle.
Blackheads: If this follicle opening dilates during this build-up, the sebum on the surface oxidizes and darkens causing a blackhead.
Whiteheads: If the follicle does not dilate, the sebum cannot oxidize and instead becomes a closed comedone.
When pimples become acne
Now at the bottom of all of our follicles, these tiny P.acnes bacteria reside.
It’s normal for this bacteria to be here; they are always dividing and making new bacteria, in a healthy follicle they are constantly being killed by oxygen. When the oxygen is blocked from the follicle, it makes the perfect breeding ground for P.acnes, which bubble away below the surface, causing inflammation and infection because of the oil and cellular build.
P.acnes get really busy, breaking down sebum into simple fatty acids, a nutritious food source for the bacteria; the more they do this, the more the follicle becomes inflamed with bacteria, dead skin cells, and sebum.
The follicle gets so full to the seams it bursts open, all of which occur in the dermis the living layer of the skin, which is full of blood vessels.
In this blood are our lovely immune cells; when the follicle wall breaks down the blood rushes to the follicle and floods it, along with these immune cells trying to fight the bacteria. During this fight many white blood cells and bacteria are killed, the dead white blood cells pile up in the follicle along with fluids and debris and form a pustule, which is recognised by that white head that you want to squeeze – pus is actually just a build-up of dead skin cells.
Hopefully, we have convinced you not to pick or pop those pimples, instead treat your skin with the care it deserves, with gentle formulas containing intelligent ingredients, that are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing.
Equilibrium balancing gel is a great example of a moisturiser formulated to prevent the spread of bacteria in the follicular wall.
The gel base is hydrating without clogging the pores, offering the much-needed protection that oily skin requires, helping to bring your skin back to a state of balance, so it can begin to gently heal itself naturally, returning your skin to a healthy state.
If you still need more direction on how to pop your pimples, this guide by dermatologists is a great read.