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Simple pimple remedies

Why use a pimple popper?

If you are suffering from spots you need some simple pimple remedies you can rely on. There are more expensive creams making big promises or you can rely on tried and tested, time honoured techniques.

How to use a pimple popperUse a proper pimple popper – a comedone extractor. Beauticians and dermatologists use the real deal to handle acne. The loops on either end fit over the spots, either large or small, blackheads or whiteheads. With gentle pressure it safely and cleanly pops the spot. It’s much more hygienic than using your fingers, which can be dirty and introduce bacteria to the spot and make it worse.

If you are keen to keep your pimple remedies all-natural we have information on blackhead treatment without chemicals. Popular natural pimple remedies include lemon juice or apple cider vinegar as a wash or topical treatment. The acids in lemon juice and the vinegar help dry out the skin to stop pimples in their tracks.

Prevention is better than cure and you can do your best to avoid pimples in the first place by drinking plenty of water, using the right products for your skin type and keeping your stress levels down. Sometimes, too much washing or with the wrong products can actually make skin worse. If the skin is dried out it can start making more oil in response. So you need to moisturise well too, even if it seems counter-intuitive.

Stress can play havoc with your hormones – which are a major cause of breakouts. Finding the time to unwind and getting at least eight hours sleep a night will help keep your mood and your skin on an even keel.

You can get all the pimple remedies and beauty supplies you need from PimplePopper.co. So you can treat your pimples and treat yourself to a manicure or an exfoliating scrub at the same time.

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Safe and hygienic blackhead removal

No-one likes having to deal with blackheads but you can get a safe and hygienic blackhead removal tool that gets the job done easier.

A comedone extractor – or pimple popper – is a specialised tool for dealing with spots, including blackhead removal. It works by using the hooped ends to apply pressure to the spot and force it out. Our pimple popper has two different sized hoops so you can deal with any size of spot, blackhead or whitehead.

How to use a pimple popperBlackheads are caused by naturally occurring oils and dead skin collecting in your pores, creating a plug or clog. This can get raised (a comedone) and become darker in colour, appearing black from a distance, even though it is naturally a yellowy oil colour.

The problem with squeezing or picking at blackheads is that your fingers can be dirty, which introduces new bacteria and dirt into the wound left by the blackhead that can make the infection worse. The blackhead will get a new lease of life and continue, or turn into a whitehead.

Blackhead removal with a proper pimple popper is more hygienic and safer. It’s also more accurate than using your fingers and doesn’t damage the surrounding skin. Redness, swelling and irritation after a spot-squeezing session are caused by using our fingers. But a pimple popper is small and accurate enough just to deal with the pimple in question and not cause that redness and swelling.

To be really safe, before and after a blackhead removal you should wash the area, and also the pimple popper itself to get rid of any bacteria or dirt. Washing with warm water beforehand will also help with the blackhead removal by softening the oil in the blackhead and make it easier to remove.

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Blackhead treatment the all-natural way

There are lots of natural and low-chemical blackhead treatments you can try.

Apple cider vinegar washes are popular and you can even drink a tablespoon each day to enjoy lots more natural health benefits. The acidic vinegar breaks down oils and balances pH levels in your skin. Vinegar has long been used as a disinfectant and you can dilute it in water to clean your face naturally.

You can avoid the harsh and chemical-laden scrubs and face masks from the shops and make your own blackhead treatment. A super-simple and cheap scrub is made up of baking soda and water. You’ve probably already got baking soda in your kitchen

Egg whites also make a great face mask. You can apply it straight to the face and let it dry, or you can dip cotton or tissue into the egg white and make your own strips to put on your nose or face. When you peel it off you can see the excess oil.

Drinking lots of water, eating well, getting a good night’s sleep and lowering stress all help with acne and blackhead breakouts too. Most of us don’t get enough water or enough sleep and it can cause havoc with our skin.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to blackhead treatment but sometimes you just need to squeeze those blackheads. Don’t just use your fingers though. That can introduce dirt and bacteria into the pore that can make the blackhead worse or turn it into a whitehead. Plus, squeezing with fingers causes redness, swelling and irritation that can last for hours and draw even more attention to the spot. Instead, use a comedone extractor for a hygienic and easy way to squeeze your blackheads.

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The best blackhead treatment for you

Having blackheads is frustrating – many people try lots of different remedies but can’t find anything to work, or might even make the problem worse.

Remember, blackheads aren’t dirt. They are completely natural and could happen to anyone. It’s just excess oil clogging up pores. They look black because of oxidation from contact with the air.

So what’s the best blackhead treatment for you?

A lot of people suffering from blackheads have oilier than average skin, but some have dry skin. What’s important is that you don’t completely upset your skin’s natural balance. Although it might seem counterintuitive, remember to use moisturiser. If your skin is too dry it might produce extra oil to compensate, making the blackheads worse.

You might want to visit your doctor or a dermatologist. They can prescribe creams or pills that can help with serious adult acne or look for any underlying hormonal problems and the like. Dermatologists offer cosmetic solutions like chemical peels and microdermabrasion though these can come at a high price.

You can treat your blackheads at home. A DIY blackhead treatment plan might be to get up some steam using a hot shower or a bowl of boiled water with a towel over it. That will soften the oil in the blackheads and your skin.

Then use a comedone extractor – the most hygienic way to squeeze blackheads while keeping the irritation and redness to a minimum. PimplePopper’s comedone extractor is made of high quality stainless steel with two different sized popping loops. Place one loop over the blackhead and press down firmly but gently and wipe away the blackhead. Afterwards, splash your face with cold water, dry and moisturise.

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What causes a pimple?

Everyone would agree to the fact that there’s nothing worse than spotting a pimple right on your face early in the morning as you glance in the mirror. A pimple is caused by a pore in your skin being blocked. This blockage could be due to debris or bacteria among other things. Pimples may start appearing as early as the strike of puberty and continues for a number of years.

A number of factors such as hormonal stimulation, excessive oil production and bacteria built-up lead to pimples. Let’s take a look at few factors that trigger pimple breakouts:

1. Stress

Pimples are one of the most common forms in which stress manifests. Both physical as well as mental stress lead to the release of a stress hormone called cortisol. When the level of this hormone elevates, as a direct response a person starts getting pimples. So, the best way to avoid acne is to avoid stress altogether. You have numerous ways in your hand to regulate stress. Implement them to lead a happy and healthy life. The results will reflect in your skin.

2. Climate

Climate is one of those many external factors which lead to breakouts in your skin. The change of environment – humidity, weather or even water (minerals, fluoride or other elements) – can take a toll on your skin. The skin reacts to these changes by the sudden breakouts of pimples. Shielding your skin from the harshness of climate is the best way to avoid such pimples. Moisturising your skin in regular intervals during dry seasons, using climate relevant moisturisers, washing your face two times regularly to keep off sweat and using a sunscreen throughout the year are some of the necessary tips for a healthy skin.

3. Food habits

There is a direct link between your diet and the pimples that pop up on your skin. There must be some truth in the saying “You are what you eat”, because what you eat definitely affects the way you look. A diet high in sugary snacks, chips, oily and junk food can lead to pimple breakouts. So, a healthy diet is the key to  healthy skin. Eat at least six servings of fruits and vegetable each week to get the healthy glow in your skin. Even the drink you take matters. If you ever wonder which drink is best for skin, the simple answer is water. It’s free, it’s the elixir of your body. If you crave for a healthy skin in long run drink at least eight glasses of water each day.

4. Use of cosmetics

Make-up products with thick, overly creamy textures or any products that come in stick form are more likely to clog pores, creating a perfect environment for pimples to grow. Even when you apply makeup make sure that you remove every speck of it before going to bed at night. Wiping your face with a mild toner before going to bed must be your regular habit.

By making efforts to take care of each of these aspects, you can go a long way in keeping pimples under control.By making efforts to take care of each of these aspects, you can go a long way in keeping pimples under control.

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What’s in a pimple?

Pimples are small skin inflammations.  They are little lump of pus sitting on your face is made up of sebum, oil, debris and bacteria which has filled up a pore meaning that the pore can no longer breath and therefore has inflamed. Though pimples are a very common skin issue they are irritating. Pimples rob the charm of your face and leaves behind scars which dwell on for a long time. There are numerous ways to treat pimples but resorting to harsh treatments like chemical peel, ointments and creams have many side effects. So it is better to treat your pimples in a mild manner and opt skin friendly remedies. Such treatments may take a longer time to show its effects but are free from side effects.

There are several forms of a pimple: The most common ones of them are:

  • Whiteheads – these are the smaller lumps which are full of a white, creamy liquid
  • Blackheads – these are the black spots on your face that are pores clogged with dirt
  • Papules– these are small lumps that form bumps on your skin
  • Pustules– these are large, deep pimples that are filled with pus
  • Nodules– these are even bigger and deeper pustules
  • Cysts– these are generally very deep and very large, will not have a whitehead and can cause bad scarring.

You may keep off from pimples by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Pimples occur mostly due to dearth of hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. So, it’s better if they are avoided by regulating your habits like sleeping for a minimum span of 8 hours, drinking enough water, eating at least six servings of fruits each week , remove your make-up before you go to bed etc. Once you start with a healthy lifestyle, the glow will be seen in your skin. However you have to shield yourself from the external factors which triggers your breakouts. Be mindful in choosing your daily moisturiser. A popular moisturiser might not suit your skin. The composition of the moisturiser must suit your skin. So, select it accordingly.

Pimples are better not squeezed. You may become impatient at times to get rid of all pimples from your face and squeeze them. Squeezing a pimple may let off the pus and it may fill the surrounding pores triggering future breakouts. If you want immediate remedy from a pimple it is best to use a pimple popper tool. Using a pimple popper tool must be followed with some steps of hygiene.

The best way to deal with pimples is to deal them with patience. So the next time you see a pimple, reflect your daily habits, understand the composition of moisturiser which will be suitable for your skin. Once you reflect these facts and understand what is wanted by your skin, you are ready to do away with your pimples. This will help you prevent future breakouts.

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Why use a pimple popper?

Why use a pimple popper?

When you think of immediate remedies for your pimples using a pimple popper hits the list at first place. Why use a pimple popper, you may ask. Apart from removing your pimple immediately, there are numerous advantages to using a pimple popper to pop your pimples. Some of the advantages of using a pimple popper are:

  • Fast
  • Hygienic
  • Less painful
  • Less likelihood of scarring
  • Minimal damage done to the surrounding skin

In spite of its numerous advantages, popping a pimple is not free from challenges. Pimple popping has its downsides too. If not popped hygienically, it may trigger future breakouts. To avoid the risk of infections and scarring it is always better to use a proper pimple popping tool.

By popping pimples with your fingers (or a tissue), you risk leaving additional debris and bacteria in the open pore once you’ve popped the pimple. This could lead to further pimples, infection or scarring.

However, when you use a pimple popper, the whole process becomes much faster, more efficient and more hygienic. Provided that you properly clean your pimple popper before use, the chance of further infection from the bacteria on your fingers is very low.

Why use a pimple popper tool?

Using your pimple popper tool must be followed with a hygienic procedure. There are a few must be followed steps while popping a pimple like washing your hands and the tool, disinfecting the skin around the acne etc. Following these hygiene steps and using your pimple popper means that the chance of scarring and damage to the surrounding tissues is much lower as using a pimple popper is far more precise and accurate than using your stubby fingers.

If you are not sure about the way to pop a pimple, and still you want an immediate remedy of popping it, you may visit a dermatologist. Even dermatologists use pimple extractors or pimple poppers. They sterilise the tool before using it. You may learn the procedure from an expert or your dermatologist.

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How to pop a pimple?

Popping a pimple with a pimple popper tool is simple. A pimple popping tool is a simple metallic rod with two loops at its ends. If you’re using one of Pimple Poppers then use the small loop on the Pimple Popper for small pimples or, for bigger pimples, use the larger loop. Ensure that you have cleaned the pimple popper under hot water before using. Then simply place the chosen loop over the pimple and gently apply pressure to the pimple popper. There are different kinds of pimple poppers. Some pimple popper tools also have a spatula like end. The pimple popper you use depends on the pimple you are going to pop.

Popping a pimple should be accomplished with a hygienic procedure. Before embarking on to pop a pimple you should check the pimple.  For most pimples, you should find that the pimple will pop right out. However, some pimples are not ready to be popped and some just require a bit of extra pressure in order to be extracted. It is always best to wait until a clear whitehead is visible before trying to pop the pimple.

Do ensure that you don’t push it too hard! If applying pressure to the pimple popper is too painful then it is likely that the pimple is just not quite ready to be popped! If popping the pimple is urgent, you could try wetting a cotton pad with warm water and applying to the pimple area for a few minutes and then trying to pop it again. If this still does not work, then stop and wait a day or two for the pimple to be ready for popping.

If your pimple is ready to be popped, don’t miss out on any of these steps while popping the pimple:

First wash your hands, even underneath the nails using a proper disinfectant and also wash the pimple popper using alcohol. Though your nails and hands actually should not touch the pimple, having your hands properly cleaned will reduce the likelihood of infection.

Clean the skin around the pimple. It will remove any bacteria, sweat or dirt in the surrounding skin and shield the pore of the pimple from any bacterial infection after you pop it. It is better if you use an antibacterial cleanser like alcohol and use a cotton ball to swab it on the skin surface. Gently swab it on the area around the acne. Avoid too hard scrubbing as it will irritate the skin further.

Boil a bowl of water and put your face over the steam to open up the pores of your pimple. It will allow the sebum to exit the pimple through the pore easily. This will lessen the chance of scarring your skin.

Place the pimple popper around your pimple and gently press it to push out the pus. Ensure that all the pus is extracted from the pore.

After you are done with popping the pimple wipe the area with an antiseptic solution.

These are safety tips for popping a pimple. If you want to prevent future breakouts, they must be followed without fail.

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Types of Pimple

There are several different types of pimples which may develop. The most common types of them are:

Whiteheads

A whitehead pimple which is also called a milium is a small lump that forms when dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria become trapped within one of your pores. The white heads are mild forms of pimples. They are small, round bumps filled with a white, creamy liquid. Whiteheads are the result of blocked pores. The oily portions of your face—such as the nose, chin, and forehead—are the most prone to whiteheads. The trapped oil in the skin swells and turns into a white lump and is known as a whitehead. They usually are of white or yellowish colour, as they are not exposed to oxygen. A good fact about whiteheads is that they can be avoided with a combination of lifestyle changes and treatments. Even when whiteheads appear it is easy to treat them. Products rich in benzoyl peroxide are the best to treat whiteheads.

Blackheads

A blackhead is a small bump that appears on your skin due to clogged hair follicles. These bumps are called “blackheads” because the surface looks dark or black. Common and annoying, blackheads are said to be the first stage of acne that forms when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil, called sebum, which helps to keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump. When the skin over the bump opens, exposure to the air causes it to look black and a blackhead forms. There are simple remedies for blackheads but it needs your patience to reap the results. A regular skin care routine also helps you to keep off blackheads.

Papules

A papule is an area of abnormal skin tissue that is less than 1 centimetre around and has distinct borders appearing in a variety of shapes.  Papules occur when the wall of a hair follicle breaks and caves in – the visible inflammation is due to white blood cells rushing in. Papules are often called skin lesions, which are essentially changes in the colour or texture of your skin. Often, papules cluster together to form a rash. These can be caused by a number of conditions that affect the skin, but dermatitis, chickenpox, and eczema are among the most common. The treatment for papules is similar to the treatment for the other acnes like whiteheads or blackheads, but be mindful not to squeeze them.

Pustules

A pustule is a small bump on the skin that is filled with fluid or pus in the top layer of skin or beneath the skin. These bumps can form on any part of the body, but they are most common on the back, neck, chest, and face. Pustules frequently form in sweat glands or hair follicles. Put somewhat more simply, a pustule is a little pocket full of pus. They are easily identifiable as they appear as small bumps on the surface of your skin. The bumps are usually white, or red with white in the center. The bump may be painful to the touch and the skin around the bump may be red and inflamed. Popping a pustule is often tempting as it reduces the size, but it in long run it may leave back scars and trigger infections. So, hold back your hand when you feel like squeezing a pustule.
Nodules

A nodule is a growth that forms under your skin. A nodule may be filled with inflamed tissue or a mixture of tissue and fluid.  Although they are grouped together with whiteheads, blackheads, and pustules, that may feel like a stretch to those who suffer from them. Nodules are larger than the typical pimple bumps, and they look like raised ovals covered by skin. The collection of coloured fluid within a nodule may indicate an infection. Nodules are usually harmless and are made of inflamed tissues that collect together to form a lump.

Cysts

A cyst is a type of acne characterized by deep and inflamed breakouts. These blemishes that follow will be large, inflammatory and cause very soft red lumps of cysts which are formed under the surface of the skin that generally lead to pain. These cysts that are filled with fluids contain dead cells, bacteria and white blood cells. They generally appear on the face, back and chest. There is no special age for this acne cyst to occur but it is most commonly found in teenagers more than people of any other age group. Cystic acnes are best dealt with the guidance of a dermatologist. Squeezing a cystic acne may lead to permanent scarring.

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How to use a pimple popper

How to use a pimple popper

A pimple popper is the easiest and most hygienic way to pop pimples, and if you are wondering how to use a pimple popper you can find out all about it here.

Pimple poppers, sometimes also called comedone extractors, are specialised and professional tools for popping blackheads and whiteheads. The small hoop on the end fits over the spot when gentle pressure is applied the spot is squeezed out. It’s what professional dermatologists and beauticians use to treat patients; it is more hygienic, reduces the risk of infection, and reduces swelling and redness.

Our pimple popper comes with two different sized pimple popping loops on either end of a strong stainless steel handle. That way you can match the size and shape of the spot. Blackheads tend to be smaller and need the smaller end, whiteheads tend to be larger and need the larger end.

How to use a pimple popper

To use a pimple popper first clean the area, ideally with warm water. Cleaning will get rid of some of the excess dirt, oil and bacteria on the skin that might get into the wound. And the warm water will soften the spot, loosen it up, and soften up the skin around it.

Clean the pimple popper in warm soapy water too, to make sure there is no dirt or bacteria on it. Then place the appropriate sized loop over the spot and press down gently but firmly. This will pop the spot and you can clear the extracted fluid or oil with a tissue. After popping you can clean your face again. Alternatively, splash cold water which will shrink the pores and refresh the skin.

Now you know how to use a pimple popper so you can keep your spots under control in the most hygienic way without redness, swelling and irritation.