Pros and Cons of Popping a Zit

Posted on November 17, 2015 By

Many people experience breakouts and find it irritating. Most people believe that the fastest and most convenient way to get rid of the aesthetic embarrassment is to pop it. It can be in any form such as scratching, scraping, pricking or squeezing, while other people use tools and implements.

A zit, also known as a pimple, is a lesion or an inflammation of the skin caused by excess oil that is trapped in the pores. It is then infected by bacteria and is filled up with pus. Teens can be prone to these because they are undergoing puberty. For some people, they experience breakouts because they have oily or sensitive skin.

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There are a few reasons why you should pop a zit. First, it is the most convenient way to get rid of it. If you pop it correctly, it may hasten its disappearance on the skin.

Popping can also reduce its size. The presence of the pus is the reason a zit appears to be big. Removing it from the skin may lessen its inflammation, and will lead to the reduction of it size.

Lastly, popping done by experts may help in speeding up the healing process of the wound, and may help it fade faster.

While considering the pros of popping, you should also know the several reasons why you should think twice before doing it. First, it can leave scars. You might think that if you pop a zit, then it will just go away like magic. Then if that is the case, you are wrong because after it heals, it will leave a scar on your face just like a wound would leave a scar on your knee.

Second, it can cause infection. Popping involves using your hands. We all know that our hands are one of the dirtiest parts of the body. Just imagine transferring all the bacteria from your hands to your face.

Third, it can cause discoloration. The area around your pimple will get darker. The color may range from dark pink to brown. It may appear like a scar, but it is not. According to, this is called Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. They also said that it may take three to twenty-four months for it to fade fully.

Lastly, popping a zit hurts. It is a process by which you are extracting pus. Then, you tear the skin on your face and creating a wound.

Therefore, you should always consult a dermatologist before doing anything that concerns your skin because it may lead to bigger problems. If you don’t do it correctly, popping it by yourself may do more harm than good. But if you decide to go through with this and pop your zit, make sure that it is not deep under your skin, and it is ready to be popped. Do it properly by washing your hands, using tissues instead of your bare hands and sterilizing the tools that you might use.


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