How To Properly Pop A Pimple (According to Dr. Pimple Popper, Herself)

You probably know our founder, Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA Dr. Pimple Popper, pops pimples on a regular basis. However, this does not mean she encourages that everyone do the same! As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee always urges people to resist popping their own pimples because often times, it can do more harm than good making spots worse leading to scarring and potentially infection. She is aware however, that most of us will not listen…!

Here is her guide on how to properly extract a pimple, if you cannot keep your hands off:

  1. Only extract your pimple if it has come to a white/yellow “head”. If the pimple has a head, at that point it is the easiest to pop, with the least risk of scarring because the bump is very superficial to the surface of the skin!
  2. Wash your hands and wash the affected area with warm water and a gentle face wash, like SLMD Salicylic Acid Cleanser.
  3. Gently press a warm washcloth against the pimple for a few minutes to soften the contents in pores, allowing an easier extraction process.
  4. Use cotton and alcohol to clean the treatment area and to disinfect what you are using to extract the pimple, like this medical grade comedone extractor.
  5. Place the preferred loop over the pimple and apply slow, even pressure to push contents of the pimple out. If the pimple is not popping, don’t keep trying to force it. Continuous pushing and squeezing will only irritate your skin more!
  6. Once a pimple has been popped, keep the area clean and let it heal properly to avoid scarring. Apply a cold clean washcloth against the area and a spot treatment with Salicylic Acid like SLMD Skincare Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment, which will keep the area clean and safe from bacteria and help with the healing process!

Remember: know when to pop AND when to stop!


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