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To Pop or Not to Pop

To Pop or Not to Pop

You may well be aware that picking, popping and scratching a spot is a no-no. Although, you may have been told otherwise or been unable to resist the urge and want to make it go away as fast as humanly possible by popping and removing the white head.

Ultimately, (if done wrong) you’re left with is a red, inflamed and painful mark on your face, not good. In most cases, what remains is actually worse and is often more noticeable.


What’s the right way to do it?


Professor Tony Chu, Head of Dermatology at Hammersmith hospital, says "It is not unheard of for people to use instruments such as eyebrow tweezers, metal nail files, pins, needles or scissors to dig at their skin. I would encourage those people to leave their skin alone and start using anti-acne medication. "


If you must 'pop the spot', however, Professor Chu recommends to use the "traffic light system” and it works like this:

should you pop the spot?

RED – Stop



If a spot is red, this is commonly known as a papule and even the best squeezers can’t get much from these spots. Picking these types of spots will only make the spot far worse and last longer, as well as increasing the chances of scarring.



YELLOW - Proceed with Caution

Thoroughly wash your hands before
If you don't, bugs on your hands could become bugs in your spots, causing no end of trouble and infection.

Use a tissue over your hands
This enables you to quickly dispose of the contents of the spot after, reducing risk of further infection.

Tackling the spot
Use the side of your thumb and the end of your finger, damage to the skin can be reduced by pulling the skin apart as opposed to squeezing. If you do squeeze do not, whatever you do, use your nails as this will damage your skin and sometimes even cause bruising.


When to stop
when you're applying a lot of pressure and nothing is happening when you see clear fluid, rather than yellow


When you've finished, dab it with antiseptic or tea tree oil. The spot will heal more quickly now providing that you now leave it well alone. Now wash your hands again.


GREEN – go…



…to the doctor – this type of spot is rare and is usually a result of sitting in a Jacuzzi for too long!

The worst part about these flaming spots is that they often come up around the worst times, including job interviews, before a date, and around just about any other special occasion. We’ve all been there, you can't help but notice that the person you’re engaged with is staring directly at the spot… well then, there goes your confidence, see you again - never. Peter Roberts, Head Trainer and Managing Director at SkinMed, says "while stress is not a cause of acne, it is certainly a big factor in terms of further exacerbating acne symptoms. If you’re undergoing stress at work, preparing for an interview or even have date, it’s incredibly common to notice an increase in spots that appear (almost magically) over-night”.

Not to mention get-togethers with friends and family, whether it is a nice meal at a restaurant or a night out, you can’t help but feel the spot on your face is the focal point and not your new haircut, shoes or new clothes that you want to impress everyone with - we all know how frustrating this can be.

From personal experiences, we understand this, it’s incredibly demotivating, demoralising and sometimes even depressing. Rewinding to a point made earlier, that you probably ‘want to get rid of it as fast as humanly possible’, this is now a possibility…

The Aknicare Skin Roller is a fast acting spot zapper and can reduce the appearance of a spot within a matter of hours. It’s one of our most popular products alongside our Aknicare sets – we cannot go anywhere without one at SkinMed HQ. It’s the ultimate SOS spot eradicator, containing a patented series of ingredients that target the inflammation, bacteria and largely reduces the chance of post-acne pigmentation. 

What's more, we have a set called the Aknicare Rapid Acne Solution, which contains a choice of two cleansers, as well as the Aknicare Lotion, Cream and Aknicare Spot zapper. We strongly recommend using the Aknicare Skin Roller alongside the Aknicare product sets as a long term acne treatment solution. This set reduces severity and frequency of acne breakouts as well as oiliness by reducing sensitivity to the hormone DHT (di-hydro-testosterone) – AKA the main cause of acne.

How much is the Aknicare Rapid Acne Solution?



The Aknicare Rapid Acne Solution costs just £36 and lasts up to 10 weeks when used twice per day, this means it costs just 51p per day! If you don’t get the results you’re after, we will happily provide you with a free refund, click here to read the full T’s and C’s (they’re pretty straight forward).

We have been successfully treating acne for over 13 years, with thousands of customer success stories, clinical trials proving 80% success rates and top dermatologists all over the world endorsing our products – SkinMed is a medical skincare company you can trust.

Click here to browse the Aknicare range. Need some more information? Our dedicated SkinMed Adviser Team is more than happy to help:

Contact us:

Phone: 0333 247 247 4 – Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Live Chat: Bottom Right of the Screen


Created On  18 May 2017 11:14  -  Permalink

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