What Lies Inside Our Pimples?
What is Really Inside Our Pimples?
While blackheads extraction and pimple popping videos may sound gross to you or some people, such videos in actual fact have scored millions of views. This strange phenomenon simply demonstrates how people all over the world cannot resist themselves from watching these extraction videos as they are just so satisfying and therapeutic to watch. In essence, there is just something psychological about watching these cleansing videos and observing how much gunk is removed from our human body.
To give a brief introduction to pimples or otherwise known as acne, it is a type of skin condition that appears at any age. However, it is more common to see the onset of symptoms during adolescence when puberty strikes and this can happen as early as the young age of nine years old and they can even stay on for a few years. The areas where pimples are usually grown on are the face, back, shoulders, neck, and chest as these places are home to a decent amount of functional oil glands. Acne conditions can worsen especially during the mid-teen years of 14-15. Nevertheless, in most cases of teen acne, acne condition can vastly improve as long as there is proper treatment and the skin is cured or kept well-controlled before the teen hits adulthood. Despite this, there are also some rare cases, for those with more severe conditions, the condition can last beyond the teenage years even with acne treatment. Besides attaining physical pain and itch, acne can also cause quite an emotional turmoil in teens due to stress and judgments faced. Even worse, some patients can fall into depression due to acne.
So the question is, where exactly does all that gunk residing inside the pimple come from or what is pimple actually made of? To answer this question, what lies inside a pimple depends on the type of pimple. To find out more about the different types of pimples, simply continue reading as the full explanation can be found below!
Whiteheads and Blackheads
As our skin sheds, dead skin cells accumulate and this clogging partially causes the formation of whiteheads and blackheads. On top of that, two other notorious culprits are the buildup of sebum, which is the oil secreted by the glands residing inside our pores, as well as bacteria found on our skin, also known as Propionibacterium acnes. So, what is the main difference between whiteheads and blackheads? Despite the common misconception, blackheads are not filled with dirt. On the contrary, oxygen is the reason for the color difference, which causes blackheads to become black in color. In the case of whiteheads, they remain white in color as the buildup is positioned underneath the skin. On the other hand for blackheads, the clog is exposed to the atmosphere and this allows for contact with oxygen, causing the color to change into black. Both blackheads and whiteheads are infamous for being persistent as they would linger on our skin forever if we do not take action and remove them. Avid fans of pimple extraction videos would know how big they can get at times.
Pustules and Papules
Occasionally, due to the frequent touching of our skin, subconsciously or consciously, the bacteria found on our own hand would easily get transferred onto our skin. As a result, the clogged pores get irritated, provoking the walls to start breaking down, triggering the immune system to dispatch white blood cells for combat against the damage caused. Therefore, our skin turns red as it becomes inflamed. Consequently, a type of pimples called pustules or papules is formed. Pustules are what people usually associate as zits. They are inflamed and are red in color, with a white head located at the center. When you try to squeeze them, pus containing dead white blood cells is released. Conversely, papules are merely closed red bumps. They are usually hard and touching them can often hurt.
Nodules and Cyst
Moving on, we get to the most serious form of acne — cysts, and nodules. Basically, they can be categorized as the more irritated, bigger, and angrier versions of pustules and papules. Inflammation occurs in both of them and they are just as painful and reside deep down inside the pores of the skin. However, the only difference lies in the fact that pus can be found in cysts.
Squeezing Out Gunk Using Your Hands Is Not Recommended
As advised by skin experts and doctors, popping pimples should be left to the skin dermatologist to do. All forms of DIY approaches might seem tempting as seen from YouTube tutorials and videos, but such attempts are not recommended to be carried out at home by ourselves. The reason being there is a risk of infection. As mentioned above, the touching of our skin using our bare hands allows bacteria to easily get transferred onto our skin and pimples. Furthermore, with the lack of proper techniques, popping the pimples ourselves can cause more damage than it already has and permanent scarring may even occur. Leaving it up to the experts to do their job, doctors have access to tools like the comedown extractor to remove smaller pimples. For the more severe types of acne, like cysts and nodules, doctors would encourage the use of medication injection as it would help reduce the size of the swelling. Alternatively, they can choose to cut open the pimples and have it drained.
However, for those who cannot afford to visit the dermatologist, we strongly suggest remaining patient and avoid extracting the pimples yourself. Instead, you can use ice to reduce the swell and relieve the pain. To accelerate the healing process, you can purchase over-the-counter treatments.
The Bottom Line
With that said, we have reached the end of this article and we hope that it has been a pleasant and informative read for you. Although the road to skin recovery may seem tough or even bleak at times, we believe that you would persist through it! Wishing you all the best from us!