You know the type of pimple thats under the skin, red, hurts and has no head. Most tell you not to pop them, have a dermo give you a cortisone shot etc. Well the truth is you are able to pop them, its just not always worth it. I would like to talk with other more knowledgeable people who have experience EFFECTIVELY dealing with these.
Here's how It works for me. Sometimes I get white heads, and that's great, easy to pop, once popped go away fast no problem. Usually I get the ones with no head, and if you leave them alone, and simply wash your face, and apply your medication like normal they WON'T go away. I pop them, it takes seriously hard squeezing, and a good pain tolerance, sometimes your pushing so hard it literally explodes out, you have to do it just right though. And when I do it, and the white stuff comes out, even if a lot of it does, sometimes i have to still continue pushing, and wayyyy deep down some more will come out - below layers of the clear liquid - and sometimes the deepest pocket of the pus is even attached - if I don't get ALL of it out, the pimple comes back even worse than before. after that I wash my face, and put on my product. I have been doing this or two years, and I have ZERO scars. believe it or not getting the cystic acne out actually stops a scar from being possible - the negative is that your pushing so hard, if you have an error, or use your nail, you can create a nasty scab on your face, these are surface scabs - thin - and do not leave scars - generally take about 3-5 days to heal - but still they are not aesthetically appealing. The occasional scabs are worth it to me because when you get rid of the cystic acne in this way (removing all of the pus) the pimple itself goes away in usually about 2-3 days, and stops hurting almost instantly - so if you pull it off without making an error and mangling the skin its a very relieving feeling, and it makes the pimple go away as well as leaves no scar. Anyone else with similar experiences like mine lets share advice, and get to the bottom of this
Thank you everyone.
EDIT: in regards to scaring, despite my success at not scaring I'm not sure If i should be used as a comparison for everyone, because someone with worse acne than me could possibly scar using such a method. I know this is posted in the severe acne section, but I'm not sure if i qualify for severe - I feel like if I didn't practice good skin care, and didn't use acne products I would be covered in acne, but as long as I do practice good skin care and stick to a consistent and effective regimen at times I have perfectly clear skin, and at others I have 1-4 cystic blemishes on my face (I don't get them in large numbers, but when I get them they are severe, cystic and under the skin in nature). So I wouldn't say my "case" is severe, but the individual blemish I typically get is a severe form. So please do not attempt to pop 10+ cystic pimples, I'm not sure how your skin/acne would react or if it would scar in that situation. Thank you.
Edited by hockeymc16, 12 April 2011 - 06:22 PM.