It’s that time of the year again: exams. There are haters and lovers of finals week, but nobody likes the extra spots that come with exam stress. Whatever you do, always use gentle skin care products and don’t just pick at your spots. If a spot is ready to come out, you can squeeze it. Did you know squeezing your spots correctly can actually help the healing process?
If you’re stressing out during finals week, you might find that your spots are getting worse. Stress has a huge impact on your skin, so make sure you continue to use gentle skin care products. Harsh products can dry out and irritate your skin and cause even more breakouts. YUN’s skin-friendly Acne therapy for Teens (or Adults) nourishes your skin and increases your natural resistance to acne. As a matter of fact, you should be kind to your skin all year round!
To squeeze or not to squeeze?
A spot is an inflamed little “bag” under your skin that contains sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria. I hear you think: every full bag can be emptied, right? Right, but emptying those annoying inflamed bags isn’t always the best solution. The best advice is to be patient and to give your body time to heal the spot on its own, let’s say a week or so. If you can resist the urge to squeeze it, the spot will pop naturally when ready or disappear without scarring!
Trying to squeeze and picking at a spot when it’s not ready will make it more irritated and infected, and can even cause scarring. So instead of getting rid of that yucky spot you’re actually making it stick around longer, as it needs more time to heal.
The right time to squeeze
However, it’s okay to squeeze a spot that is ready to come out. Non-inflamed whiteheads or blackheads can be squeezed earlier but you should leave seriously inflamed and painful spots alone.
Watch out for these three conditions to ensure the perfect squeezing-time!
1. Wait until the deep inflammation is gone and until the spot appears at the surface of your skin.
2. When a spot is no longer red but white and yellowish, it’s ready to come out.
3. The best time is after a shower, as the heat and moisture will make your skin supple for squeezing.
The right technique: do it properly!
Properly squeezing a spot can be beneficial to the healing process. So if you’re going to squeeze that spot, make sure you do it properly!
Just follow these 5 simple steps to make sure you won’t damage your protective skin’s surface, as you don’t want to end up scarring your face.
1. Wash your hands with warm water and gentle soap.
2. Prepare your skin by opening the pore. You do this by placing a warm cotton ball or earbud on top of the spot for a minute or two.
3. Use a disinfected needle to gently break the spot’s surface. This will feel like mild scratching.
4. Cover your index fingers with tissues to prevent the acne causing bacteria (in the pus) to spread to other pores.
5. And squeeze! If the spot doesn’t pop immediately it isn’t ready to be squeezed. Stop to prevent your acne getting worse, darkening of the skin and scarring. Just wait a few more days and try again.
Remember that whatever you do, squeeze or not squeeze, don’t let acne get you down! There are lots of things you can do to help prevent those blocked pores.
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