How to Pop a Zit or Blackhead
Zits, or pimples, and blackheads are common symptoms of acne, an inflammation of the sebaceous follicles. Hair follicles cover most of the skin's surface and, in addition to a hair bulb, they contain the glands that produce the waxy oil, sebum. Pimples and blackheads form when the sebaceous follicle becomes plugged. Pimples appear as small, raised sores with visible pus just below the skin's surface and a red ring of inflammation around the pore opening. Blackheads appear as black dots on the skin, just below the mouth of the pore itself.
Wash your hands using an antibacterial hand soap.
Wash the site of the zip with cleansing lotion. If you do not have a cleansing lotion or milk, opt for a non-drying soap.
Apply two drops of cleansing lotion to the area over and around the plug. Massage softly.
Wet the washcloth with warm water. Hold this to the site for two to three minutes.
Wet two cotton balls with witch hazel. Press out excessive moisture.
Wrap one cotton ball each over the fourth finger of each hand. You will be using the outsides of these fingers rather than your index fingers because they are typically not as strong as index fingers, and thus less likely to damage skin.
Look into the mirror and place the fourth finger of each hand on either side of the irritation. Use gentle inward pressing movements to express the plug.
Stop pressing as soon as the site is empty. Do not wait for blood to appear. Blood is an indication that the follicular wall has been ruptured.
Moisten one cotton ball with witch hazel. Clean the area around and over the pimple or blackhead, taking care not to press directly on the site.
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