I don't advocate popping your pimples, but I know some of us can't help ourselves sometimes. Is it bleeding? If so, you've broken the skin and need to handle it if you want your skin to heal properly. These tips will minimize those unpleasant reminders left behind from blemishes of the past and keep your skin looking better as it heals.
If still bleeding, you will want to use a clean tissue to gently blot the area until it stops excreting any fluid. Do not apply pressure to hasten the process, just dab away the liquid at the surface until it clots. (This can take an annoyingly long time if it's technically a head wound.)
Using a clean Q-tip, apply an antibacterial ointment only to the broken skin. This may sound obsessive, but I suggest using a magnifying mirror for accuracy. While a first aid cream will promote healing of the excoriation, you still do not want an occlusive product covering pores that could potentially get clogged nearby. After applying the ointment precisely to the area, blot away any excess with a clean tissue to keep it from traveling to the surrounding skin which is usually vulnerable to future breakouts already.
Antibiotic ointments vary, and not all are appropriate for the face. Neosporin should not be used because it contain neomycin, a skin sensitizing ingredient that can cause contact dermatitis and may increase your body's immune response to the injury. This is a big problem if you're prone to hyperpigmentation.
I suggest using Polysporin. Bacitracin is another option.
Do not ice the area, as this is shocking to the nerves and may cause undesirable complications. Extreme heat is equally problematically, so use lukewarm water when cleansing and avoid steam. (It is a total myth that either of these can benefit acne at all.)
During the day, women may struggle with makeup application after popping a pimple that hasn't yet healed. Makeup does not adhere to broken skin, so check out my post on how to fix this by clicking on the link Help! My Concealer Won't stick! to learn my emergency-only trick for those special events when a popped pimple must be concealed. However, on a daily basis, you should be gentle with the area as it heals, being sure to use disposable cotton swabs and sponges to apply the least amount of makeup to the area. Irritation will cause the area to swell and redden, making it more obvious. Using the least amount of product possible on the excoriation will reduce the chance of contaminating your cosmetics or interfering with the healing process.
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This blog should never substitute the advice of a medical professional. It is for educational purposes only.
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