Zits: To Pop or Not to Pop?

When a pimple crops up, it’s usually at the most inconvenient time: before a dance, a job interview, a special holiday. Rather than face everyone with a seemingly enormous zit, you weigh your options, and the idea to pop that zit comes across your radar. But, before you take another step closer to the mirror, consider these reasons you may want to leave that zit alone.


Cuts, Scabbing, Bruising

Zits don’t always pop on the first try, and with repeated poking, and jabbing you’re bound to break or bruise the skin. A millimeter size pimple is much less noticeable than a larger, crusty, red scab, that will last over a week.


After a crusty, red scab is healed from a pimple-popping attempt, the skin will probably be left with a scar or hyper-pigmentation. Scars can take several months or even a year to fade. That original pimple would have only been around less than two weeks! Doesn’t sound so bad now, huh?

More Pimples

Pimples are filled with oil and bacteria. So when a zit is popped, that bacteria and oil oozes out, and spreads across your skin, leading to additional clogged pores and inflammation.


Popping a pimple, breaks the skin, creating an opening for bacteria to enter the body. Your skin can develop an infection and may require topical antibiotics from a doctor.


Pimples can be painful even without being touched. Now, imagine how much that pimple will hurt after being poked and irritated. Avoid the pain- leave that pimple alone!

Harder to Cover

The key to covering a pimple is masking the redness without caking the makeup on. A thin layer of cream or liquid concealer should do the trick. Avoid layering too much over an already raised portion of skin.

Remember this important fact: it’s easier to achieve good coverage with concealer over a zit, rather than a scab from a popped zit.

A zit doesn’t sound so bad now, right?

Before your fingers touch your skin, ask yourself, “how long will this zit really last?”. Messing with a zit will likely result in a negative result, so why aggravate yourself by popping it? Leave your zits alone and let them run their course, you will be much happier in the long run- trust me!

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