When we feel pimple or other skin ailment forming, we are always tempted to touch it or pick at it, thus speeding up its process. But, dermatologists and other experts advise leaving most of the skin blemishes to heal on their own.
We present you several effective methods to heal the following skin problems, instead of picking them with your fingers.
Ingrown hairs are really annoying and frustrating and they are not worth picking. They appear when the hair shaft is trapped under the skin surface, creating an inflamed and itchy red bump. If you try to pull out these hairs by using force, you will only cause skin breakage and you risk forming a serious infection if the breakage in the skin contracts staph infections.
If you squeeze ingrown hairs, you will cause irritation and eventually scaring. Use hydrocortisone instead of manual force, to lower the irritation, redness, and itch. Moreover, wash the area around, and on the ingrown hair with a gentle and natural exfoliating cleanser to help the trapped hair slowly break through the surface of the skin.
If you touch your cold sores they will spread, since they include a viral fluid which when getting in touch with another part of your body it causes formation of more sores. They are caused by herpes which transmits simply through touch.
You can treat small cold sores with gentle over-the-counter treatments and they will heal on their own. But, you might need a professional treatment for frequent cold sores. To avoid transmitting the cold sores, avoid physical contact with anyone until they are completely dormant.
The small, white, un-poppable spots or bumps usually appearing on the face are called milia. They are hard cysts that are forming underneath the skin and can’t be popped. Don’t try to pop them with manual force as you will only cause skin damage and the milia will still remain intact. You can either remove them with the help of a dermatologist, or with a heated sterilized tool.
When there’s a buildup of the protein which protects skin, hair, and nails from toxins, keratin, a plug which blocks the hair follicle is formed causing Keratosis Pilaris. If you squeeze the affected area you will only raise the risk of redness and scaring. To reduce the inflammation and treat this condition at home, use a gentle exfoliant which includes glycolic or salicylic acid, instead of picking at the skin.
Blackheads are formed when the pores become clogged with oil which turns its color to black as a result of oxidization. You are probably tempted to squeeze them, but that forces the bacteria into the skin, increasing the risk of deeper infection. To clear your blackheads blemishes, use a gentle exfoliating face wash, which will bring the excess oil to the surface of the skin and thus washing it away.
This skin condition occurs deep within the skin, and creates a red, tender, and painful nodule which is hard to treat. If you pick at your cystic acne, you will only damage the skin surface as they are that deeply into the skin that you can’t reach them. This will leave a permanent scar. For an effective and safe treatment of your cystic acne, visit a dermatologist who will help you lower the risk of scarring.
We are especially tempted to squeeze whiteheads as they can easily pop using our fingers. But, squeezing them will only slow down the healing process. They keep the bacteria in one place during the healing process, but once they are squeezed or poked, its content consisted of skin cells, bacteria, and oil is released.
Moreover, the bacteria can be forced deep into the skin when you pop these whiteheads, and you can transfer more bacteria from your fingers onto the open wound. This can result in worse acne and even scars. Our body is well-prepared to fight the infection and to repair the damage, so the best way to treat them is to let them clear on their own.
No matter how much you are tempted to squeeze or pick at your skin ailment, the best way is to leave your body do its job naturally. Moreover, gentle and natural cleansers are also highly recommended, as well as being patient.