How to Pop a Pimple

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Have you ever attempted to pop a pimple only to immediately regret it? Been there. Here is a breakdown of the steps an Esthetician (like myself) uses to pop your pimples in order to send you out the door glowing, not irritated.

This is likely more steps than you’ve ever taken before or after popping a pimple but Hey! You wanted to know how to do it like a pro so here you go…



Start out by cleansing with a simple cleanser that you know to work really well for you at getting off makeup, dirt and grime. Your face should feel clean but never stripped or tight after this step.

Cleansing is arguably the most important thing to do before popping. The last thing you want is for bacteria to get into a freshly popped pimple and create more of a problem!

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser


Exfoliating is the Esthetician’s secret (not so secret anymore) behind being able to easily extract whiteheads and blackheads alike. And while it’s better than nothing, I’m not talking about a face wash with little beads in it (manual exfoliation) I’m talking about an exfoliating treatment. This will usually have both manual exfoliation (the little beads) as well as a chemical exfoliator that will be able to penetrate deeper into your skin.

By exfoliating the dead skin off the top of your blemishes this allows you to easily extract your pimple without much force and avoid damaging the surrounding area.

**When rinsing off your exfoliator, do so in a warm shower or with a warm wash cloth. This will help to ‘soften’ your pores and will contribute to an easier extraction.

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate


Now it’s time to pop. But not so fast! There are some requirements to what gets popped and what does NOT. By attempting to pop a pimple before it is ready, you can actually end up spreading the puss and causing more breakouts. Let me explain.

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Will you ever pop too soon again? I sure didn’t after hearing that!

So, the next thing you need are Q-tips. These will be your popping tools. NOT your fingernails. Q-tips are a lot cleaner and gentle on your skin. As shown in the diagram above, place the Q-tips on either side of the pimple and gently apply pressure. If the blemish doesn’t easily pop or starts oozing clear STOP. This pimple is not ready!

If you are able to easily extract, make sure you don’t stop until all of the white puss is out. Once you start to see anything clear or red, you are done. Cleanse off the area you just extracted with a cotton pad and toner (we don’t want to leave anything behind).

Calm & Nourish

Chances are that the areas you extracted are looking a little red and stressed. In order to give you the best odds of waking up with clear, non-inflamed skin, take the time to add in a soothing or calming mask. This is also a great time to do a mask because the exfoliator we used before has prepped our skin to absorb all the ingredients from our mask even deeper.

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Farmacy Coconut Gel Mask- Soothing

Restore pH

 It’s time to return your skin to a healthy pH balance! A balancing toner is apart of a complete skin care routine especially for those with dry, eczema prone skin. Your skin should be a healthy pH level of 5.5, if it becomes too alkaline this is when you will experience inflammation, collagen lose and sensitivity.

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Origins United State Balancing Tonic


Here is where you complete your normal skin care routine. It may be eye cream, serums or oils, whatever it is- don’t forget to moisturize! This will lock in all the good things you have just done for your skin and will encourage healing. Even if you have oily skin, your skin needs the hydration. People with oily skin often see a decrease in oil production after adding a cream to their routine because their skin is no longer over-compensating for not getting any moisture.

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First Aid Beauty Sleeping Cream

There you have it! You now know how to pop a pimple like a pro! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share your new found knowledge with your family and friends!


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