Acne is a very common skin condition among young people and teens. Acne is caused when skin pores become clogged, creating bumps and inflammation on the skin. It can be tempting to try and remove these pimples yourself by squeezing or popping them. However, doing so will not help and in fact can even make the condition worse.
When acne is present on someone’s skin, their pores are filled with bacteria, oils and other substances like dirt and dead skin. When the pore is squeezed, all of the substance within it is then spread out into the surrounding area of skin. In some cases, when squeezing incorrectly, this debris can spread within the dermis as well resulting in a worsened condition. In doing so, it can darken the skin and lead to a possible infection. The bacteria being forced outwards ends up under the skin tissue. As skin grows over it, the bacterial substance then causes cystic acne. Cystic acne has similar causes to most other forms of the condition; however it sits deeper within the skin. If that cyst bursts, then it can spread the infection further as well.
Another result of popping or squeezing pimpls is that it causes acne scars. While the pimples can clear up with proper care and treatment, scars are more long lasting, or even permanent. Acne tends to lead to more raised scars, known as hypertrophic scarring, because more collagen is being produced. Acne scars will need to be treated to prevent them from becoming a large blemish on your skin. Natural products and household items, including things like cucumber and lemon can be used to help in healing the skin as well as hydrating it. It is important to take care of acne scars early on, but they can still be prevented my avoiding the temptation to pop acne.
Although it may be a natural instinct for some to try and remove a pimple by popping it, that will cause more problems rather than solve them. The best thing to do is to treat the acne while it is present and keep your pores clean and unclogged. Although the pimples are unwanted, the potential cysts or acne scars can create infections or permanent damage to your skin if treated improperly.