Raise your hand if you’ve ever popped or picked at a pimple. Yes, us too, but that doesn’t mean it’s something that we’re supposed to be doing. You’ve probably heard time-and-time again how it’s not good for your skin and could result in scarring, even more, pimples, etc, but it can also lead to a whole host of other issues such as a staph infection. That’s right, that seemingly simple pimple pop could cause some serious health problems. If you’re ready to keep your hands from popping pimples, the following are some tips to help get you started.
Get Away From the Mirror
You look in the mirror and see a pimple so you start examining it. Maybe you poke at the skin around it a little but you keep staring at it wondering what to do next. Before you know it, you have your fingers primed in pimple pop position and you’re ready to squeeze. The more you’re staring at it in a mirror, the more tempted you’ll likely be to try and pop it, so step away from the mirror so you’re not looking at it.
Dab On a Spot Treatment
You can’t pop anything if there’s nothing there to pop, so make sure you have a great spot treatment on hand. Read the directions, apply it as directed and put it on (without popping the pimple), and then give it some time to work. Don’t forget to do a patch test before fully using the product.
Get Busy With Something Else
When you notice a pimple that you want to pop and you don’t get busy doing something else, then you could end up just sitting there bored while thinking of popping your pimple. You can get up and go play sports outside, go play with your pet, play video games, read a book, play music, or do another activity that’s going to distract you and not result in you picking at your skin.
Get Out in Public
When you’re out with your friends or family in a public place, you’re probably not going to be trying to pick your pimple in front of everyone, so if you get the urge to pop it while you’re home, call someone to make plans and get out of the house. Even if you go out by yourself, go to a public place, such as a store or a cafe, where you’re able to get your mind off it and not pop it.
Before long, it’s possible that you’ll find strategies, such as the aforementioned, that work for you should you want to stop popping your pimples. If you keep popping your pimples and nothing you’re trying seems to help you to stop picking, or even if you want answers as to why your pimples are happening in the first place, it’s time to make an appointment with your dermatologist. They can give you insight and advice that’s tailored to your particular skin so you can find options that work best for you.