Stop! Place the comedone extractor.
I understand. You want to erase that embarrassing giant acne volcano trapped under your skin… like it is now. But take advice from someone who has blindly had a lot of pimples and popped a few…that’s not the way to do it.
Instead, I asked three skin experts. Dendy Engelman, M.D., FACMS, FAAD, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and Morse’s disease surgeon at Shaffer Clinic in Manhattan. Esthetician and brand founder Rene Rouleau. Skin coach and facialist Haley Wood also shares her thoughts on how to cure blind acne.
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Their advice will not only help you avoid a bad day in the future, but it will also protect you from the scarring that blindly picking pimples can cause.
What is blind acne?
“Blind acne is exactly what it sounds like,” says Wood. The pimples, usually cyst-shaped, remain under the skin and become trapped within hair follicles. You can’t see it, but you can feel it under your skin, making it untreatable and uncomfortable to the touch. “
How do you treat blind acne?
If you can see a dermatologist, Dr. Engelman recommends cortisone injections, which reduce the size of the pimple and speed healing time (usually a day or two instead of weeks). And dermatologists say retinoids or topical spot treatments can help acne heal faster and prevent future breakouts.” Dry spot treatments should be avoided because they treat superficial blemishes (pustules and whiteheads) and do not penetrate deep into the skin where they need to be treated. .” “Start with a cold compress to minimize pain and inflammation,” says Dr. Engelmann. “Like a spot treatment Effaclar duo from La Roche-Posay Acne patches (be sure to choose one that’s made for deeper cysts and pimples) are a good way to kill the bacteria below the skin’s surface and treat pimples. “
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Can you pop a pimple blindly?
Yes we read your mind. If you have to ask, you already know the answer. “No matter what, don’t pick or squeeze!” says Dr. Engelman. “Because pimples are so deep, trying to get them out risks pushing the infection deeper into the skin, further aggravating the pimples and post-inflammatory scars,” Wood added. Pressing can spread bacterial infections and spread inflammation,” he added.
How can I prevent blind acne?
The easiest advice from our experts is free. Avoid touching your face. From there, seek professional help. If you think your skin is prone to breakouts, make an appointment with a dermatologist to get to the root of the problem and work with a facialist to give your skin a thorough clean and get back into your routine. .
meet the experts
Dendy EngelmanMD, FACMS, FAAD is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon at the Shaffer Clinic in Manhattan.
Rene Rouleau Esthetician and brand founder in Austin, Texas.
Hailey Wood is a .skin coach and facialist based in Dallas.
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