Thursday, January 26, 2012

To Pick or Not To Pick

Shakespeare might roll over in his grave if he found out I was using one of his lines to talk about pimples. But then again, the bard would be so dizzy from rolling over from other things he might not mind.

People always say that you shouldn't pick your pimples at all. It leads to scarring and bleeding and other nasties, but if you're like me and have a compulsion to pick than these are the rules you need to follow.

White Heads
They're the way to go. If it's not white, don't touch it! It's not prime yet.

  • Heat it up first! Take a warm wet rag and hold it on top of the spot and let the warmness open your pore. 
  • Find yourself an extractor. They look like this. 
Don't be afraid! 
  • The extractor pushes on the area around the pimple and pushes the nasty out. But the important thing about them is that they don't create any scarring. 
  • Sometimes, you might need a lancet. Basically, it's the equivalent of a needle, but it's made for your skin. Gently, poke your pimple with the slanted edge facing up. Go at from the side. 

  • If you don't have an extractor, do not use your fingers! Take two cotton swabs and and use those to push on the pimple. 
  • You know when there's nothing left in your pimple whenever it's just blood coming out. 

  • Pretty much the same as a white head. Heat. Extractor.
  • If you've got a lot of buildup on your nose, apply pressure and pull down with the extractor. But I warn you, it's no walk in the park. It hurts really bad

  • Throw some witch hazel on it. 
Less than $5 at your local drugstore. Can't beat that!
  • Then hit it with Murad's Acne Spot Treatment. It's got 10% sulfur acne treatment in it that will help dry it up. 

So, tell me. Do you pick your pimples properly? Or have you been doing it wrong like I have?


Thank you!