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How to Pop a Pimple

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Martyrs of acne! Raise your voice in joyous salute! For I shall show you in this Instructable how to pop those pimples that are holding your face hostage!

This is an answer to Burning Question, comments and suggestions (as well as ratings :) are welcome.

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Step 1: Pimple Poping: The basics

According to Wikipedia, and every other I could find, the traditional means of pimple popping can lead to infection and even scarring. To pop pimples in the medically approved way, you'll need:
  • A pin, needle, or very sharp knife
  • Hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or other antiseptic
  • toilet paper, tissue, cotton, something to blot up the pus
  • Optional: lighter or match

Start by sterilizing your tool of choice (I'd go for the pin) with the match/lighter. WARNING: keep open flames AWAY from the hydrogen peroxide.

Step 2: Pimple Popping: The low down

Right, locate the offending pus blob on your face and hold your popping device flat against the skin right next to it.
Keeping it flat with the skin, slide you popper into the zit and out the other side, then withdraw keeping it flat against your skin (keeping it flat prevents you from damaging healthy tissue). IF using a blade, just nick the zit, don't cut it off completely.

Step 3: Pimple Popping: The clean up

Take your toilet paper or other absorbent sheeting and blot up what ever foulness erupted forth from your pimple, you may apply light pressure to the area to sap out whatever is left inside. Get a clean sheet of TP and wipe the ex-zit and the surrounding area to prevent infection.
Congratulations, you have just popped a pimple.
To prevent pimples from appearing in the first place, wash your face regularly, as in at least once a day, with an exfoliating or anti zit soap.
I hope you have found this Instructable helpful, and remember, a zit free face comes with responsibilities, you gotta keep it clean and, watch out for the opposite sex will simply gravitate to your obstruction free face : )

Live Long and Prosper,
RocketScientist2015
mannetti214 years ago
Have to wipe the flamed needle with an alcohol wipe, use at least 70% isopropyl and you're good to go
Tchalvak5 years ago
I happened to read a "skin care" book (a heavy duty one by a doctor) and came across, among all the dietary suggestions, this GEM of information:

Many commercial "anti-pimple" cremes are -inflammatory- agents because they act to dry out the natural oils of the skin and have astringent ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astringent ) properties that pucker the visible pimple site's size for a time, but irritate the skin to cause pimples to continue to return.

The advice of the book was, DO NOT USE ASTRINGENT ANTI-PIMPLE CREAMS, they'll clear things up for the short term but make the pimples return long term. USE ANTI-BIOTIC CREME! After this common sense revelation, I started using Neosporin instead of the anti-pimple creme that I had tried before, and the change worked wonders, I really recommend it.
wat u mean anti biotic?
Question. If I do this...would it leave a scar?
KentsOkay (author)  xxmariannaxx5 years ago
No.
Yoda20886 years ago
i actually like your hat, and pretty interesting instructable. you might want to consider the cinged needle. maybe try putting it in hot water. you don't necessarily want the residue from the burnt match which settles on the needle going into your skin. NOT exactly the best idea.
nororu6 years ago
My Mom use to tell me: " If you eat a lot of CELERY STICKS you won't get any pimples! " And guess what, it works!!! Although if you put cream cheese or peanut butter on the celery sticks, well, that's just another story!
KentsOkay (author)  nororu6 years ago
Hmm... eat celery...
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