Spots and Pimples (to squeeze or not to squeeze, and how to avoid scarring)
Whilst it is ok to squeeze or pop the occasional blackhead or whitehead as long as its on the surface of the skin, it’s not okay to squeeze other spots and skin eruptions as it is likely to cause scarring.
When squeezing a blackhead or whitehead make sure you wash you hands first, and that your face is clean, then squeeze using a clean tissue.
Cystic acne pimples – common in teenagers and young adults. Often look red, inflamed and sore. Squeezing these will cause trauma to the skin as they are deep rooted.
Milia – also known as ‘milk spots’, appear on your face as small hard, pearly white bumps under the surface of the skin. They are encased like a cyst and don’t have an opening on the skin. These need removing professionally by a skin specialist.
Cold sores – highly contagious and easily spread, these small blisters usually form on the lips, or around the mouth, nose and on the chin. Picking can cause a secondary infection and scarring. Over the counter treatments from the chemist will treat these.
Ingrowing hairs – these need removing professionally by a skin specialist, as these cause trauma to the skin, inflammation and scarring.
Small red pimples (looks a bit like red goosebumps) – also known as sandpaper skin. This usually clears up on its own with age, but not everyone grows out of it. Try dry brushing your skin to boost circulation, and exfoliating the skin regularly using a gentle exfoliator such as our Juniper Berry and Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash, which is especially formulated to boost circulation, improve skin tone and detoxify the skin. You could also try keratin dissolving ingredients like salicylic acid and lactic acid.