by Cheyenne Brown
This is a topic that always makes my skin crawl. Still, to this day, the word pimple and even zit make me uncomfortable. I decided to write a blog about breakouts because it is something that everyone struggles with. No matter how good your skin is, you probably had at least one blemish in your life.
I was having a conversation with one of my co-workers, who went to school to be an esthetician, about how to get rid of blemishes. She basically broke the technicality of getting rid of a blemish without having to worry about scarring. So here I am to share these new findings with you all:
There are different kinds of acne: blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, papules, and pustules. In order to know which acne to pop, you have to know a little about each of them.
Blackheads are open pores that are clogged with excess skin cells (oil from your skin). Whiteheads are similar to blackheads except there is a thin layer of skin that grows over the clogged pore. This thin layer creates the white appearance. Cysts are pretty big bumps, significantly larger than a single pore and they contain pus. You should NEVER pop a cyst, not only will significant scarring occur, but you could make the infection worse. Personally, I had never heard of the word papule prior to doing research on this topic. I realized, papules are actually pretty common, if you have ever had acne, you more than likely have had a papule. This type of acne is a clogged pore infected by bacteria and is more raised than a whitehead but has more redness. Pustules (another term I learned during my research) are more commonly known as pimples. These blemishes are raised, inflamed pores with a yellow-ish color filled with pus.
Important Dos and Don'ts:
1. Only pop a pimple when it has a yellow ‘head.’
2. Pop your pimple when they are ready.
3. Wash your hands.
1. Do not touch your face if your hands are not clean: This can cause irritation and more breakouts.
2. Do not pick popped pimples: This does nothing but irritate your skin and increase the risk of infection.
3. Do not pop prematurely, this can lead to more problems.
4. Do not squeeze.
5. Never pop cysts.
6. (I know this is hard) Do not pick or scratch!
Here are a few dark spot removal creams that will not only lighten you scars but will improve the overall appearance of our skin.
Wash your face twice daily. Develop a skin care routine.
Apply topical treatments.
Cut back on foods linked to acne.
Wear sunscreen when outdoors.