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4 Tips To Prevent Acne Scarring

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It’s hard to NOT pop a zit, like really hard. It’s gross but it gives us such a sense of satisfaction, and that nasty bump does look a little better temporarily. But what can popping that pimple lead to? This is where the real controversy comes in. Many dermatologists recommend popping it and moving on with your life. If the pimple has a whitehead it’s ready to pop. The other half say leave your pimple alone and let it run its course because you risk scarring and infection.
The most controversial is Dr. Oz’s suggestion of poking your zit horizontally with a needle and tearing the skin up to drain it. Like that’s not going to leave a scar? He also describes a common breakout area on the face called “Triangle of Death.” Per Dr. Oz, this danger zone can lead to a brain aneurism if you try to pop your pimple and instead end up pressing puss deeper into the region where lots of veins and capillaries live. This danger zone starts from the top of the nose bridge and forming a triangle, towards the corners of your mouth.
When considering whether to pop that pimple or not, you should now that the truth is once you have acne scarring, it’s very difficult to get rid of. You might be able to minimize the appearance of acne scars and sometimes get rid of them completely, usually through laser surgery, but it depends on the type of acne you’ve suffered and for how long. The best option is to avoid the scarring in the first place. Here’s how:

  1. Stop Acne Before It Starts: Prevent acne with a product that works, like Clearogen’s three step skin care treatment set
  2. Pop It & Move On: If you do pop a pimple, keep the area clean
  3. Avoid the Sun: Stay out of the sun because UV rays slow down healing and can cause discoloration, making the area more noticeable
  4. Minimize makeup use: It's the catch-22. Pimples and acne scarring want to hide behind makeup, but makeup can worsen existing acne. Not fair, right? If you are suffering from a breakout then try to avoid makeup that covers common problem areas. This may mean staying clear of foundations, powders or blushes. Try to find concealer that is specifically formulated for pimples.

So next time you have an acne breakout, as hard as it is, wait it out. A pimple will usually heal itself within 3-7 days. Also, be kind to yourself and practice self-acceptance, everyone has breakouts. If you do happen to ‘accidentally’ pick at a blemish, try the tips above to lessen the chances of scarring. If you notice that you are suffering from more than one pimple and experiencing a breakout, seek advice from a board certified dermatologist.
- Team Clearogen
 
Sources:
https://www.acnescarprevention.com/8-myths-you-should-know-about-acne-scars
http://acne.about.com/od/yourselfesteem/a/Why-We-Pop-Pimples.htm
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/teen-acne-13/pop-a-zit
http://www.acne.org/acne-scar-treatment.html
http://www.free-press-release.com/news-do-and-don-t-regarding-acne-and-other-scars-1195236992.html
Photo: http://lifetickler.com/popping-the-spot-on-the-danger-zone/
Dr. Oz Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEEOdvxHrlM