Why Popping Pimples Is Bad for Your Skin


There is an advice warned by our estheticians, dermatologists, and also our mothers that nearly everyone hears during their youth ages — don't pop your pimples! But is popping a pimple really bad for the skin? The answer is a definite YES! Popping pimples is really bad for our skin as the experts say. Acne or pimples, according to the British Association of Dermatologists, commonly occur during puberty when the sebaceous glands activate, these causes the glands to produce an excess of oil. It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the neck, chest, face, and back which most adolescents will have at some time to a more significant problem that may impact on self-confidence.

1.      Create more pimples

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Did you ever notice that when you pop your pimples, it will lead to other acne or pimples on your skin? The acne pustule or cyst are contained of oil, bacteria and debris, and once released, it can spread and lead to more acne.  When you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit and can cause the pimple to become more red, inflamed, and lead to infection. Plus, when popping the pimples, whether you are successful or not, can cause more spots. If your skin tends to break out frequently, talk to a dermatologist about the acne prevention and treatment.


2.      An infection

Cystic acne happens when this infection goes deep into your skin, creating a red, tender bump that is full of pus which consists of dead, white blood cells that form when the body's immune system responds to the infection. It may hurt or itch. If a cyst burst, the infection can spread, causing more breakouts. For this reason, dermatologists typically recommend the person with cystic acne use cleansers that contain high concentrations of salicylic acid.


3.      May cause a permanent scar

All these things can leave a permanent scar to your skin. Dr. Whitney Bowe, renowned New York-based dermatologist who specialises in skin rejuvenation and laser dermatology, said that there are acne lesions that are likely to scar even though you leave them completely alone without popping it. "They are mostly cystic lesions that feel painful underneath the skin and they don't really connect with the surface easily. The inflammation gets trapped in there," said Dr. Bowe.

So, here are some tips to improve your acne or pimples.


Firstly, use an oil-free moisturiser. Even though you are prone to cystic acne, you still need to use a facial moisturiser consistently in order to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Use oil-free moisturiser after you have rinsed off the salicylic-based face wash (cleanser) as we mentioned before.

Then, try your best to put your hands away from touching your face to decrease your chance of infection. Popping, picking, and touching can worsen acne or pimples.

The last thing that we can suggest is treat your acne. The majority of people can treat their acne or pimples by buying online or at a drug store. Treatments take time to work on your face. If you do not see results in one month or two months, seek help from professionals such as dermatologist to clear your skin.


We believe that there are many cons than pros if you pop your pimples your own. The safest way is to check with the doctors. Don’t hesitate to get help from them. That’s all we can conclude about this. Feel free to share your thoughts on the comment section below.