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Popping a pimple can be very detrimental to your skin, and can even make things worse, says WebMD. Pimples occur when excess oils, bacteria and skin cells clog up a pore creating a small sac, or pustule, on the skin.


It is never a good idea to pop a pimple. Pimples are sacks of bacteria that, when popped, contaminate the surface of the skin, which can lead to more pimples. Squeezing pimples may force bacteria deeper into the skin, which can cause an infection, according to WebMD.


With thoroughly washed hands, lance the pimple with a sterilized pin and squeeze the pimple using a cotton swab. Follow up by cleaning the area with rubbing alcohol or antibacterial ointment.


Popping a pimple can lead to infection, swelling and even permanent scarring, especially if done improperly. When a person pops a pimple, it allows bacteria to get into other pores and can lead to even more breakouts, according to WebMD.


According to Skinacea, a pimple extractor is known as a comedone extractor. This typically metal tool has a point on one end and a loop on the other, so it can pop and press on the pimple.


To "pop" a pimple, dermatologists and aestheticians will usually lance the yellowish pimple with a sterile needle and then use a tool called a comedone extractor to squeeze the contents out of the pimple. One may also choose to pop a pimple by sterilizing a needle, la...


To use a pimple popping tool, or a comedone, first sterilize the extractors with rubbing alcohol. Use warm water and a gentle soap to cleanse the face, and consider steaming problem skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Use light pressure on whiteheads with the larger looped end o...