Aftercare of a Popped Pimple

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You know shouldn’t have done it, but you just couldn’t help it. That giant pimple on your chin was just begging to be popped. While it’s never a good idea to pop a pimple, it can be done safely -- especially with proper aftercare. Sterilizing the area keeps infection from setting in, which would be far worse than the original pimple. Proper care also prevents the all-too-familiar scab from forming as a lasting reminder.

Step 1

Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water. This prevents additional oil or bacteria from transferring from your hands onto the skin.

Step 2

Saturate a cotton ball with alcohol, and then squeeze the cotton ball firmly to remove the excess.

Step 3

Wipe the cotton ball over the pimple and the surrounding skin out to 1/4 inch. This kills any bacteria inside the pore and prevents it from spreading to other areas.

Step 4

Apply a tiny dab of antibiotic ointment to the tip of a cotton swab. Press the ointment onto the center of the pimple to reduce inflammation and kill any remaining bacteria inside of it.

Step 5

Wait until the ointment absorbs completely. Apply a tiny dab of 2.5 percent or 5 percent benzoyl peroxide to the tip of a clean cotton swab. Spread the product over the pimple until it is covered. You can also opt for a salicylic acid product containing a 1 to 2 percent concentration.