According to skin-care experts, people should not use the hands off approach to get rid of most bumps and blemishes.

Dendy Engelman, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City says: “Popping anything causes your skin to physically break apart, making it more susceptible to infection and an even bigger problem than what was originally there in the first place.”

 Types of Bumps and Blemishes You Should Never Try to Pop

Cold sores

Never try to get rid of them with your hands because these blisters are caused by the herpes simple virus which can be transmitted from one area of the body to another, through touching.

What to do: If you notice cold sores that are more frequent and spreading, consult your doctor.

Ingrown Hairs

When the hair shaft becomes trapped beneath the skin’s surface, ingrown hair appears. Never use tweezers or manual force to pluck them because it can lead to inflammation and infection or even to more dangerous complications like sepsis or staph infection.

What to do: Apply hydrocortisone, which reduces redness and irritation, and wash the affected area with an exfoliating cleanser.

Blackheads

Don’t try to sqeeze them because it forces the bacteria even deeper and causes trauma to the skin.

What to do: try one of these natural remedies to help clear up any issues.

Cystic Acne

Cystic Acne is a type of pimole that forms a red, tender nodule that is both painful and hard to treat. The inflammation can hinder the healing process, leading to permanent scarring that is difficult to eliminate.

What to do: You should visit your dermatologist who can properly treat the situation and may even be able to save you from scarring altogether.

Keratosis Pilaris

Most commonly know as “chicken skin”, it is a condition caused by a buildup of keratin, the protein that protects the skin, hair and nails from infection and other harmful substances. Never try to pick the leisons because it can cause it to worsen and increase effects like redness and the potential for scarring as well.

What to do: Use a chemicaql exfolliant the has salicylic acid or glycolic acid to calm the inflammation down. If it doesn’t go away – visit a dermatologist.

Milia

Those hard, white cysts under the skin are called Milia. Don’t try to pop them because it will leave your skin red, irritated and inflamed, with the milia still intact.

What to do: Visit your dermatologist who will extract it with a heated sterilized tool.

Whiteheads

Whiteheads keep acne bacteria contained to one area while the blemish heals. When it is squeezed, it releases the contents of the blemish- often a mix of skin cells, oil and acne bacteria.

What to do: Allow the acne to clear on its own.

 

 

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According to skin-care experts, people should not use the hands off approach to get rid of most bumps and blemishes. Dendy Engelman, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City says: “Popping anything causes your skin to physically break apart, making it more susceptible to...