Acne is a common problem for many people, not only on the face, but also on various parts of the body. The causes vary from using the wrong skincare products, being exposed to harsh chemicals, lack of hygiene or consuming too much sweet or oily food. One of the actions we often do to deal with acne is to squeeze it. However, is this really safe? Are there any medical risks? Well, this article will discuss whether or not squeezing acne is safe and provide guidance on how to get rid of acne safely and effectively.
Don’t let the method you choose have a negative impact on your skin!
The Origin of Acne
Acne is a skin disorder that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with sebum (skin oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria. There are several types of acne, namely: Blackheads, Whiteheads, Papules, Pustules, Nodules and Cysts. Not only the types, the causative factors are also diverse! Acne can come from genetic factors, hormonal (generally teenagers), hygiene and the food we consume.
Therefore, we can say that not all types of acne are the same and need different treatments. So, is squeezing acne the ideal way to get rid of acne?
Why Squeezing Acne is Not Recommended?
Indeed, the urge to squeeze “ripe” pimples is sometimes uncontrollable! Moreover, the general public opinion says that acne will disappear by squeezing. Actually, it’s true, the method of squeezing acne has been around for a long time. However, most of the results instead of curing, can cause risks such as:
- Possible Infections and Wounds
Squeezing pimples can open small wounds on the skin, increasing the risk of infection. Especially if we don’t maintain hygiene and use the wrong method! Bacteria from the hands can also easily enter and cause more severe inflammation. It’s really bad if you end up with a new wound that leads to infection!
- Risk of Scars
Improper acne extraction can cause scars that are difficult to remove! Acne scars are more difficult than getting rid of the acne itself. This can certainly interfere with appearance and reduce self-confidence. If that’s the case, it can even cause stress and make acne more rampant!
- Worse Inflammation
As we discussed earlier, improper and unhygienic squeezing of acne instead of getting rid of it can aggravate acne inflammation. Pimples that were initially small can become larger and more painful.
Aside from the negative risks above, the main reason why this acne popping method is not recommended by Serenitree is because each type of acne has its own treatment! For example, to get rid of blackheads we can go to a skin specialist and do a facial treatment (blackhead extraction). As for cystic acne, it depends on the severity. Treatment can include acne medications such as antibiotics, retinoids, or even isotretinoin (specialist prescription).
So, even though the tools we use are clean, we should consult first before removing acne or at least research first. Don’t let the negative impact be more acne than the acne problem itself, Sereni-Trees!
How to Get Rid of Acne Safely
Take it easy, acne is a problem that we can overcome safely! Although it takes consistency and time. Nothing good is ever instant!
Here are our suggestions in terms of acne prevention and treatment. Hope you find them useful!
- Skin Specialist Consultation
The first step is to consult a dermatologist. They can provide a professional assessment of our skin condition and prescribe the right treatment according to the type of acne! Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a dermatologist consultation. Alternatively, we can consult online, research on trusted health sites, consult at beauty clinics, and many more!
- Reduce Oil and Sweets Consumption
Foods that are high in fat (fast food) and sugar (sugary drinks like bubble tea) can affect the skin’s natural oil production, resulting in clogged pores and acne breakouts! Make sure we control what we consume to keep it balanced!
- Use acne-specific and non-comedogenic products
Choose skincare products that are specialized for acne. Products that contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can treat acne well. Also, make sure the skincare products you use are non-comedogenic, so they won’t clog your pores.
- Utilize Skincare Ingredients Like Tea Tree Oil and Salicylic Acid
Some natural ingredients like tea tree oil have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help reduce inflammation in acne. In addition, salicylic acid can also help exfoliate dead skin cells and open pores.
- Avoid Touching Your Face with Dirty Hands
Hands are a gathering place for bacteria and germs. Touching your face with dirty hands can cause the spread of bacteria and worsen the condition of acne. Therefore, it is important to always wash your hands before touching your face, Sereni-Trees!
- Limit Makeup Use
Makeup that doesn’t match or contains heavy ingredients can clog pores and further aggravate acne. If possible, use “lighter” makeup or choose products that say “non-comedogenic” on the label.
- Apply acne medication if needed
If the acne is very inflamed or shows no improvement after following the steps above, another way is to use medication (ointment, drink, cream) from a doctor. Make sure to use it regularly according to the rules!
See, there are many ways to get acne-free skin and squeezing pimples is not one of the safest, guys! Let’s change that habit and focus on treating and restoring your skin to keep it healthy!
Serenitree Natural Soap as a Body Acne Solution
Acne can grow anywhere, including the body! Indeed, the treatment is a bit more “tricky” than facial acne because the location can be difficult to reach. One solution is to regularly bathe using natural soap without SLS and Parabens from Serenitree. Available in 2 variants, brightening and soothing, this soap is rich in Natural Alpha Arbutin and Tocopherol which can relieve irritation, protect against infection and accelerate wound healing.
After regular use, you’ll have softer, brighter and more protected skin! Inflammation, acne and skin diseases such as eczema will slowly fade away. What are you waiting for? Let’s try it first!