You have a large pimple on your head that’s almost as large as a headlight. And everyone tells you to leave it alone and that popping it will lead to several complications, all of them frightening. Is this advice, like all others, meant to be ignored? Dr Sujata Chandrappa, cosmetic dermatologist says a vehement no. Here’s why:
Leave it alone: “Never try to meddle with a pimple or acne even though it causes irritation, pain and discomfort. In the active stage, acne can be irritating, with pus etc. Don’t touch it, or poke it as it leads to inflammation and leave marks, referred to as post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation. (PIH) This is more difficult to treat than the acne itself,’’ says Dr Chandrappa.
Topical applications: If you get an acne outbreak once in a while, use a retinoid cream or an antibiotic cream which will help dry the pimples. Anti bacterial creams like adapalene gel also show immediate results. Certain topical applications can make your skin photo sensitive. So make sure you use a sunscreen when you’re using a retinoid cream.
Facewash: Use a facewash with glycolic acid or salicylic acid which will help to keep the skin well balanced, reduce hyperpigmentation and give you clear skin.
Severe scars: If you find that the acne leaves behind scars as it is drying, consult a dermatologist. With correct treatment, the acne can be cleared and cured without leaving behind pitted scars.