TeenHealthFX completely understands the frustration of dealing with acne and pimples, as well as the urge many teens have to want to get rid of their pimples as soon as possible. That said, we appreciate that it is very tempting to pop pimples, but the fact is that popping pimples will not necessarily get rid of the problem and can even make the problem worse. Squeezing blemishes and picking at your skin can actually push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which can cause more swelling and redness – and it can also lead to scabs and may leave you with permanent pits or scars.
Patience is the key when it comes to pimples. Your pimples will disappear on their own, and by leaving them alone you are less likely to be left with any reminders that it was there. To dry out a pimple faster, apply some over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream once or twice a day – your pharmacist can make recommendations about what product might work best for you.
If you are worried about how problematic your acne seems to be on a regular basis, FX recommends that you speak with your primary care physician or a dermatologist about your concerns. There are stronger prescription products available (in topical and oral forms) that are available to deal with various types of chronic acne.
When Is It Time To Speak With The Doctor About Acne?
It is recommended that you seek medical treatment from a dermatologist for persistent pimples or inflamed cysts to avoid scarring or other damage to your skin. If your acne, or scars related to acne, is negatively impacting your social relationships or self-esteem, consider speaking with a medical professional.
FX would like to stress to our readers not to go overboard with playing doctor with your own skin. Many people who feel desperate to eliminate their acne will begin to over-wash, pop-pimples, or use products that they think will help, but will actually do more harm than good (like rubbing alcohol). When feeling so desperate and left to our devices, we can actually make matters worse – so if you are struggling with your skin and how to care for it, schedule a consultation with a dermatologist as soon as possible.
There are prescription treatments available to combat acne. Your doctor may recommend a topical (apply to your skin) or oral medication (taken by mouth). These treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infections, reducing the inflammation, or a combination of the four.
With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for 4-8 weeks, and it is possible for the acne to get worse before it gets better. So if it takes some time for your treatment to kick in – don’t get discouraged and try to hang in there!
It is also important to know that oral prescription treatments are not recommended for pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. Keep in mind that some topical remedies make protecting your skin from the sun more of an issue. Ask your doctor if any gels or ointments you are applying necessitate increased efforts at protecting your skin from sun damage.
To find a dermatologist ask your primary care physician for a recommendation or contact your health insurance company to get the name of an in-network dermatologist.