When you look in the mirror and the pimple is staring right back at you, you will get the urge. You want to squeeze it. You really want to squeeze it. Especially when acne is at its worst.
There’s never a good time, but they pop up right before a party, a special date, or a big family get-together.
So is acne really bad?
What’s the big deal?
Think of pimples as little sacks of oil, debris, and acne bacteria, says dermatologist Zakia Rice, assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
“What we call pustules are actually bacteria, nice and contained,” he says. When the outer skin of the pimple is punctured, the pus will come out. If that bacterium spreads to other pores and falls, more pimples will appear.
There are other risks. By poking, picking, pricking, and rubbing pimples, you can force debris and bacteria deep into the skin. You can also introduce new types of bacteria into your ears from your fingers. This can cause the pimple to become redder, inflamed, swollen, infected, and lead to permanent scarring.
Rice said: “It’s better to let it go for the rest of its life.”
If left alone, the blemish will heal on its own within 3-7 days. If it falls off incorrectly, it can last for weeks or lead to scarring.