When Is A Pimple Ready To Be Popped?

When Is A Pimple Ready To Be Popped?


While videos on blackheads extraction and pimple popping may come as a turnoff for some people, they are also considered to be oddly addictive and therapeutic for some. This phenomenon is illustrated through the millions of views the videos have secured. As such, we can see how people from all over the world just simply cannot resist themselves from watching these extraction videos. There is just something very satisfying about removing or purging yourself of the dirt that has accumulated on your skin. So here comes the important question for us and those staring at their pimples through the reflection of their mirror at home, do we pop the pimple or not? 

While most skin dermatologists advise us to leave our pimples alone, it can be hard to resist the temptation of squeezing the pimples now and then when they annoyingly appear on our face and body. Therefore, for those who decide to give in, they must know when exactly they should pop it. Without further ado, let us take a look at the five tips we have for you.

Extracting blackheads and whiteheads are always acceptable

If you ever find yourself contemplating popping a pimple, just remember that blackheads and whiteheads are always fine to be squeezed. This is because they are usually acne tissues that are at the stage where they are soon to be popped by themselves. Moreover, they are the type of blemishes that should be caught early as they will develop further into problematic red pimples.

You have waited for a few days before succumbing to pop it

If you did not succumb to temptation and pop the new pimple, then your patience has paid off. The reason being, pimples usually take about one to two days or more to become the pustule type of pimple and these kinds of pimples are the easiest to extract. Pustules are what people usually associate as zits. They appear to be red as they are inflamed, together with a white head located at the center, which makes squeezing the pus out easy. This brings us to the next related point. However before that, here is an explanation behind the formation of pustules. Such pimples occur when clogged pores are irritated, as it would provoke the walls to break down, triggering the immune system to dispatch white blood cells for combat against the damage caused. As a result, our skin becomes red and inflamed.

Pimples with a “head” are ready for popping

As briefly mentioned above, how to tell when a pimple is ready to be extracted or squeezed is when a white head has been formed on the top. When a pimple forms a head, extraction is typically easy and there would be minimal risk of scarring since the bump is located very superficially on the top of the skin. As such, we cannot emphasize enough on the importance of waiting till a head is formed on the center of the pimple because this signifies that the pus containing the dead white blood cells is near the surface and it can be drained anytime now.

Stop poking at it if you have difficulty popping it

Moving on, we would like to caution you that forcing things into the matter is never recommended. During an attempt to extract a pimple and if you realize the pus does not drain out well with a small amount of pressure, do not continue further and stop all squeezing at once. Trying to force the pus out would only complicate things as the pimple may get irritated and skin condition might only get worse.

If it is still hurting or appears to be underneath the skin, it is not ready to be popped

Moving on to the last point, when a pimple appears to lie deep underneath the skin or is sensitive to touch, this means that it is likely to be a cyst and such type of acne should be strictly left alone. 

Cysts, along with nodules, are considered to be the most serious form of acne. Basically, they are like pustules or papules but more irritated, bigger, and angrier. Inflammation occurs in both of them but pus can be found in cysts. So, when you encounter a cystic pimple, do remember that it is almost impossible to pop it when it is still fresh. At the point of time when it is still under the skin and no head is present, attempting to squeeze it will not only be painful but it is also risking infection to take place due to aggravation. Consequently, the pimple would not be able to heal as fast. Worse of all, if the skin gets irritated too much, permanent scarring may even occur.

Therefore, we strongly advise you to stay patient and give some time for the head to be formed on a pimple. Alternatively, you can treat it with a topical acne product instead.


All in all, as much as possible, do refrain from popping the pimples yourself and leave this job to skin dermatologists. The touching of our skin using our bare hands allows bacteria to easily get transferred onto our skin and pimples, risking infection to take place. Furthermore, with the lack of proper techniques, popping the pimples yourself can cause more than existing damage, with serious complications such as permanent scarring.

However, we understand that not everyone can afford a visit to a skin dermatologist and this is when we strongly recommend you to remain patient and avoid extracting the pimples yourself. Instead, you can use ice to reduce the swell and relieve the pain. Otherwise, you can purchase over-the-counter treatments to heal faster. If you really must pop your pimple, a rule of thumb is to only pop the ones that don’t hurt when you try to squeeze or prod at it. 

With that said, this is the end of our article and we hope that it has been an 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!

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