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How to pop a pimple without destroying your skin

INSIDER Logo By Maddy Sims of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 6:  Experts recommend always going to a dermatologist to get an extraction properly done  If you can't wait for a doctor's appointment, there is a way to pop a pimple at home without damaging your skin  There are other ways to pop a zit other than squeezing it  If you really have to pop your pimple, use Q-Tips instead of your fingers, squeeze gently, and then put a dermatologist-approved topical treatment on top  We've all been there - a giant (and usually painful) pimple pops up at the worst possible moment, and you want to get rid of it ASAP. The truth is, you really should wait it out or go to a dermatologist, said Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist in New York. "It's by far the smartest thing you can do if you want to avoid costly laser fees later on," he told INSIDER. But what if you can't hold out for a doctor's appointment? There is a way to pop your own zits at home (although every single dermatologist INSIDER spoke to discourages performing your own extractions). "Popping a pimple seems really simple, but there is a special technique to prevent complications," said Jennifer Channual, a California-based dermatologist. "When you squeeze a pimple, you might be pushing the contents not only out to the surface but also below the skin, which can cause inflammation and may make the pimple take longer to resolve," she told INSIDER. So how do you avoid all the irritation and just get rid of the pimple? INSIDER spoke to board-certified dermatologists to get the best tips on how to extract a blemish properly.

  • We've all been there - a giant (and usually painful) pimple pops up at the worst possible moment, and you want to get rid of it ASAP. The truth is, you really should wait it out or go to a dermatologist, said Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist in New York.

    "It's by far the smartest thing you can do if you want to avoid costly laser fees later on," he told INSIDER.

    But what if you can't hold out for a doctor's appointment? There is a way to pop your own zits at home (although every single dermatologist INSIDER spoke to discourages performing your own extractions).

    "Popping a pimple seems really simple, but there is a special technique to prevent complications," said Jennifer Channual, a California-based dermatologist. "When you squeeze a pimple, you might be pushing the contents not only out to the surface but also below the skin, which can cause inflammation and may make the pimple take longer to resolve," she told INSIDER.

    So how do you avoid all the irritation and just get rid of the pimple? INSIDER spoke to board-certified dermatologists to get the best tips on how to extract a blemish properly.

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