Why Popping Acne is Dangerous

Why Popping Acne is Dangerous | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale, AZ

Why Popping Acne is Dangerous

It can be very tempting to pop a whitehead or squeeze out a blackhead yourself, but there is a reason to avoid doing it. Spectrum Dermatology offers a wide variety of acne treatments, including professional extractions so you can get the benefits of “popping” acne but in professional and safe hands. Why is this habit so discouraged, and what can happen if a person takes acne into their own hand?

What Exactly Is Acne – The Differences in Whiteheads and Blackheads

Whiteheads are a “closed comedone.” They are a type of pimple that sit on the skin’s surface. The white material is made up of sebum (dead skin cells) and a type of bacteria. When a whitehead is popped, the flood of excess skin cells and bacteria spreads to nearby areas. This can increase the occurrence of additional whiteheads. However, if extracted by a professional, the sebum and bacteria are controlled and immediately removed.

Blackheads are clogged pores comprised of the same bacteria in whiteheads along with makeup, dirt, or other debris. Although a clogged hair follicle means it is below the skin’s surface, it can be just as unappealing. Squeezing a blackhead not only spreads the bacteria and other materials, but it is easy to damage (even puncture) the skin with your fingernails in the process.

Non-professional squeezing and popping can require real effort. It is very possible to create a micro-tear in the skin that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. However, this opening can allow bacteria to enter deeper into the skin and even into the bloodstream. Suddenly, a minor whitehead or blackhead can become a serious acne outbreak or even a life-threatening infection.

Talk with Spectrum Dermatology About Acne

The best way to treat acne is with ongoing treatments coupled with professional extractions. With various types and causes of acne, every acne treatment plan is unique. It is likely that a person’s regimen will change over the years as their skin and hormones change. For those who can’t help but pick and squeeze, scheduling regular extractions is a fantastic way to end the temptation. Contact Spectrum Dermatology today and schedule your acne consultation.