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Ladies, This Is Your Simple Three- Step Guide On What To Do After Popping A Pimple

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Picture this- you wake up in the morning, feeling groggy and with eyes barely opened, you make your way to the washroom, squeeze a coin-sized amount of fash wash on your palms, and while you scrub your face with it, you notice a red bump. It's bloody painful, has weird white stuff in it, and keeps growing in size. What do you do next? You contemplate whether to pop it or not, but before you conclude, you do it anyway! Crying over spilled milk is no use now, here's what you need to do next pronto.

How To Look After Your Pimple After You Popped It

Why is it crucial to look after your zit once you popped it? Well, many reasons. Infections, scarring, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and the list goes on! So, shall we proceed?

First, Wash Your Hands

The first thing you need to do when you pop the pimple is to avoid touching it with dirty fingers. You see, dirty fingers have dust particles, bacteria, and fungi on them. And if that gunk comes in contact with your pores, it could cause more breakouts. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and plain water first, and then, you're ready to move on to the next step.

Apply An Antibiotic Ointment

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Now that your fingers are squeaky clean, gently pick up a cotton swab soaked with bacitracin (available at the local pharmacy), and apply it over the open zit. Ensure that the ointment is only on the zit and nowhere else on the skin to prevent future breakouts.

Pro Tip: You can also use pimple patches. These will treat inflammation and prevent you from picking your skin. Keep an eye out for pimple patches with ingredients such as salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and tea tree oil.

Opt For An Antibacterial Spot Treatment

Once the ointment has dried up, it's time to disinfect the pimple. Tea tree oil will get the job done. All you have do is take a 1 tbsp of water, add 2-3 drops tea tree oil, dip a Q-tip in it and apply it to your zit.

Note: If you have sensitive skin or an inflamed zit, avoid applying tea-tree oil and stick to the ointment. 

Important Tips To Keep The Pimples At Bay

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Now that you know how to treat your pimple after popping it, here's a compact list of tips to follow to keep the zits at bay forever. 

  • Avoid touching your face often. Simple, right? This habit will prevent the transfer of germs and bacteria on the skin through your fingers. 
  • Ice them! You can either use an ice roller or wrap a cube of ice with a handkerchief and place it over a pimple. Keep the ice on it for a minute, and repeat after a while. Do this till it shrinks in size. 
  • Try spot treatments such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, tea tree oil to soothe inflammation and prevent scarring. 
  • Have a solid skincare routine in place and stick to it. Consistency helps to improve the skin's texture too. 

If the pimple doesn't get better even with these post-pimple care tips, you will have to consult with your dermatologist to treat it. All the best!

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