We’ve all been there; crawling out of bed in the morning and looking in the mirror only to find the mother of all pimples staring back at you.
In that single moment it feels as though the ground might as well swallow you up then and there and save you from having to show your face to the world. Without thinking, you go straight in and begin to squeeze in an effort to get rid of the damn thing. It’s only when you step back to look at your work that the full damage comes to light and you regret ever touching.
Yep, we all fall for it and we all, nearly always, regret it.
When it comes to blemishes, the question is this: to squeeze or not to squeeze?
There is actually a time and a place to squeeze, you just have to know when and how to do it. Read on and make an informed decision next time an unwelcome spot appears.
1. Assess the situation.
Right before you lay hands to your blemish, ascertain what kind you’re dealing with. There is only one type of pimple that you should be squeezing and that is one that has already come to a head; in other words, it has a white top. Yes, that’s gross and I felt uncomfortable writing it. This is the only time that you should squeeze. If it is still just a red bump, don’t touch it. All you will do is aggravate the pimple more; it will only become redder and angrier and push the bacteria deeper into the skin. It’s at this point, when you are trying to force it, that you will do damage to the skin itself and then that blemish will be visible for a whole lot longer as a scar.
2. Squeeze right.
If you know that squeezing is the correct option, it’s important to do it the right way. Your fingers, while definitely the most convenient, aren’t necessarily the best tools for the job. Not only do you carry bacteria on your fingertips, but your nails can cause scarring very easily. Your best option is the use a comedone extractor, which is a little tool with a wire loop at the end that you place over the blemish. You use it to apply specific pressure at the blemish. They are cleaner and create less damage. If you don’t have a comedone extractor, however, you could use two cotton tips either side to squeeze instead. This is more hygienic than using your fingers. Make sure the skin is freshly cleansed beforehand and follow it up by applying a drying ingredient such as a BHA exfoliant. If you don’t have such a product, something like apple cider vinegar is a natural way to dry the blemish. It will sting, but it will work.
3. How to restrain yourself.
That’s all well and good, but what if your pimple isn’t ready to be squeezed? Chances are, if your blemish isn’t squeeze-worthy, it’s also easy enough to cover up. If it’s out of sight, it’s easier to keep it out of mind. Start by applying a product to dry the pimple; I like to use some apple cider vinegar with a cotton bud. If the blemish is particularly red, you could use a green based colour corrector. A concealer with good coverage will do the job too. Be sure to powder the area, but it’s important to push the product onto the skin rather than dusting it over and moving the concealer underneath! Finally, don’t touch! Throughout the day you are going to want to touch the area, perhaps to check if it’s gotten any bigger. This is simply going to make everything worse. Not only will you remove your cover up makeup, but it will also irritate the blemish and add more bacteria to the area.
So, can you do it? Can you restrain yourself from squeezing until the time is right?
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