(He doesn’t think you should pick your zits either…. just sayin’)
Okay so the title says to leave your zit alone but….This week’s post is about the best possible way to do something you really shouldn’t be doing… and that my dear friends is popping zits.
Disclaimer: I am not offering medical advice, nor encouraging or condoning picking or squeezing your breakouts-I would highly encourage you to leave it alone and spot treat the heck out of them. However, you know that old adage that says “Haters gonna hate and zit pickers gonna pick” well,… if you’re going to pick.. at least utilize some techniques that may reduce the likelihood that you’ll end up with a red spot or a bigger zit. (However, let it be known there is a good chance you’ll end up with either one OR both! So a heads up on that)
If you just have to pick at your face or if you really do have a habit of popping zits here are some suggestions to doing it in slightly better, less trauma-drama way:
1) Work with a clean surface. If you have a zit that is filled with pus- you’re messing with an infection. It may be small, but nonetheless, the pus is a sign of an infection (See what I’d rather you not be picking!) and you want to make sure the surface around your breakout is clean. So wash your face before you do anything. Don’t try and squish it through your makeup or right after your 3 hour Elliptical workout at the gym… Wash your face first.
2) Warm shower or warm compress. You want your pores to be as open as possible so either apply a warm compress (ie. warm rag, warm cotton ball) to the target area or get out of the shower while your skin is still warm.
3) Apply a spot treatment and leave the zit alone. HA!….This is what I really would like you to do but I don’t think that’s what you’re here for.
3a) Take toilet paper or a tissue and wrap each of your pointer fingers in the paper. You don’t want your fingers directly touching your zit. When you press the pus out- it will be on the paper which means the bacteria will be on the paper and that’s where it needs to stay.
4) PRESS- don’t squish or squeeze or pop... gently press down around the zit with your toilet paper fingers. When you gently press instead of going into kill mode with squeezing… you’re inflicting less trauma to your skin.
5) If the Zit is “ready” it will come out. If it’s not and nothing comes out -then guess what- leave it alone! Don’t keep pressing until blood or clear fluid comes out because that means you’ve taken it to far! And please – if a zit ever hurts – leave it alone from the start!
6) Clean up and Recovery. Make sure what came out is on the tissue or toilet paper and apply your favorite spot treatment. I personally have a detoxifying mask I use for spot treatments and it does a nice job of drying things up. You can also use tea tree oil or find a product with Benzoyl Peroxide that you already like using.
***If you have more than one zit to attend to- move the used tissue aside and start with a fresh part of it. You don’t want to be transferring bacteria and infection from one zit to another – or transfer it to another part of your face (where it can cause another breakout!)***
There is a chance that if you don’t take careful precautions when pressing down on the zit or if it’s really not ready to come out- the bacteria inside the follicle can travel to another nearby location under your skin. So just know you are running the risk of this happening by picking your face. But if you like to throw caution to the wind, and double down at the table all the time then have at it.
I hope this helps with your future zit-picking endeavors . I wish you Godspeed and little to no new breakouts!