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FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Is it safe to pop a zit on your own?
Hey girls! Zits are something that plagues almost all of us; they take a while to heal and sometimes, we can't wait. That said, is it safe to pop zits on your own so you can move on with your life? Thanks Neva for the question!
Is it okay to pop pimples on your own?
I don't want to straightforwardly recommend that yes, you can pop pimples on your own because the act is 99% prone to mistake, and mistakes can lead to serious complications so my advise is:
If you want to pop your own people, do a lot of research on how to do it SAFELY and be sure that your hands and tools are sanitized.
If you're going to ask me, yes, I pop my own pimples, but only if the white head has fully popped out or is crusty already; I have watched in a T.V. show (I forgot the name of the show, argh!) where a doctor mentioned that zits with white protruding heads can be popped on your own and when popping such zits, lance it sideways specifically on the white spot only because this is the safest part to lacerate. Squeeze the zit gently for the white pus to come out and free the pore from bacteria.
Here are some reminders to keep in mind before popping a zit:
1. DO NOT POP CYSTIC ZITS. They are zits that formed under the skin and need more than DIY treatment. Cystic zits require medicine, injectibles, and professional derma treatments. Similarly, do not force pop a zit nor force the white head to come out prematurely.
2. DO NOT POP ZITS ON THE DANGER TRIANGLE OF YOUR FACE. NOT EVEN WHITE ZITS. This is the triangle of your face that traces from the center of your forehead, trailing down to your entire nasal area, and down to the upper lip. There are nerves there that connect all the way to the brain and a wrong pop can trigger an infection, spread easily to the nerves, and reach your brain quickly. It can cause blindness, paralysis, and worse, death.
3. Always sanitize your tools and hands before and after the deed. Sanitize the popped zit with an alcohol- based toner right away to kill bacteria and sanitize the affected pore and the surrounding areas.
There you go! Happy Friday and safe popping!
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