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What to Do After You’ve Popped a Zit
Skin & Body
We should all know better by now than to think that popping a zit is the solution to our blemish woes, but things happen, and pimples get popped. If you’ve fallen victim to the great temptation, pause here. Follow these five steps for what to do before, during and after your pimple-popping journey.
Ice it. Any popping action, no matter how successful, is going to result in immediate inflammation and redness. Nip swelling in the bud by holding an ice cube (in a plastic bag or wrapped in a paper towel) to the area for 10-15 minutes, or as long as you can stand.
Leave it alone. If you’re the type of person who can’t help but pop a zit, chances are you’re also the type of person who just can’t leave it alone. Believe us when we say that leaving the damn thing alone post-popping is the only way it’ll heal. Picking scabs results in scarring, and touching it
Do it right. We would never actually recommend that you pop, pick or otherwise attack a zit, but if you feel like you absolutely must (we’ve all been there), there are a few things you can do to make the damage minimal. Run a towel or cloth under hot water, wring it out, and hold it on the blemish
Disinfect it, or apply an antibiotic. Witch hazel has numerous uses, but it makes an especially great alcohol-free astringent for disinfecting skin without over-drying or irritating. Once you’ve popped a zit, you’re no longer just treating a blemish but an open wound, so disinfecting is critical.
Protect it. Applying a drying blemish-fighting formula with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will only work to irritate the wound further, which is why it’s best to treat the area with a protective coating just as you would a cut or scrape. Neosporin First Aid Antibiotic Ointment (best supply)