5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Popping Your Pimples

We all know that picking our faces and popping pimples is bad for our skin. Picking your pimples does far worse things to our skin than it does good. But knowing that usually doesn’t stop us from having a major pick-sesh once in a while.   Let me confess something: I am a major picker by nature. When I see a bulging zit, it takes everything in me to walk away. Since I am a licensed esthetician, I do know how to properly handle a pimple, what tools I need, and I can always tell when something is not ready to be popped. But, just because I know all of that, does not mean I exercise it very well.

Last week I went gang-busters on my skin and walked out of the bathroom looking like I had a 3rd and 4th eye. These small zits exploded into gigantic planets, which had their own weather systems. On top of that, they both scabbed over and looked awful for about 10 days. So, since I committed one of my personal beauty sins, I thought I would confess it all to you guys and then give you my 5 reasons why you should avoid picking your pimples.

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Picking Your Pimples 5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Popping Your Pimples


  1. Scarring: Picking and over squeezing a pimple can cause scarring which will most likely never go away without taking extreme measures like a laser, microderm, or chemical peel. Even then, you are most likely to have the remnants and happy reminder of a passionate pick-a-thon.
  2. Not Sanitary: Unless you are an anomaly or extremely OCD, you probably have some bacteria living under those fingernails of yours. So it doesn’t really make sense to squeeze an already infected pimple with fingernails that have bits of bacteria (and who knows what else) underneath them. This is why it’s important to go to a professional since they have sterilized, proper equipment.
  3. More Pimples: Picking, poking, and popping any type of pimple without the help of a competent professional can spread that infection, welcoming a full-blown zit party. Sounds like fun times ahead if you ask me.
  4. Scabbing: You can and most like will get scabbing, which is terribly hard to cover up. Makeup and scabs do not go very well together. They end up looking like a scab with chunks of makeup on top…. because that’s exactly what it is.  I am sure that’s not the look you want to go for. Just sayin.
  5. Prolonged Healing: Popping zits before they are really ready to go, only prolongs the healing process of that pimple. If you try and pop it too soon, it will sometimes double in size and dig deeper into the skin, causing it to stick around a whole lot longer than if you had left it alone in the first place.


So my friends, think about these thing’s next time you have a manic-moment and pull out your ultra-mag-mirror, attempting to pick every tiny speck out of your face.


Have a lovely Day!





  • Amber

    Great tips!!

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    Even though I know I shouldn’t I pop occasionally, and almost always regret it lol.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing. I don’t pop mine because they’re usually part of a rosacea flare up. So it doesn’t even help.

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    Easier said then done!

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    As Eugenia said – easier said then done :D

  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    Eeeekkkkkk I am sooooo guilty of this. *hanging head in shame for popping on this morning** great tips, and totally could not have come at a better time. Great post girl!!!

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      haha….I just think we all do it sometimes

  • LisaJDwyer

    They end up looking like a scab with chunks of makeup on top…. because that’s exactly what it is. I am sure that’s not the look you want to go for. Just sayin. http://goo.gl/emYxTI

  • Noelle

    Good tips! I can’t help but pick at everything on me!

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      I know, it’s a hard habit to break.

  • Anastasia

    Did you by any chance get to review Dermalogica hydrating booster? If you have a bottle, apply that to your acne scab and thank me later ;)

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      I am going to check that out!

  • Ange

    Awesome tips!!!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    Great tips!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I do need to stop but I just can’t help it!

  • Angela Sherman

    im going to send this to my husband. he’s the worst!

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      haha! Does he try and pick you too…or just himself?

      • Angela Sherman

        constantly picks at his face. It’s horrible!

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    I’m with Eugenia. I can’t leave well enough alone.

  • Kelly R

    These are great tips!

  • http://polishinsomniac.blogspot.com jbrobeck

    I am guilty of this, I will try to remember this post!!!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Arghh I let my bf pop my pimples and I have scars now to show for it!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Great tips. I know I have a horrible habit of it!

  • Justina

    Great tips!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    One of the underground secrets of the beauty lover – the picker. I am one, too.. and I almost always regret it. I have a scab on my chin that is healing… well, it was. Now, I have to let it heal all over again!

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    i wholeheartedly agree

  • cindyprimebeauty

    Great advice!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Awesome tips!!! I was so hard-headed back in the day, I’ll pick whenever wherever. Now I have craters I regret :-(((

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      yeah…I got a few scars myself. No bueno!

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Great reasons why you shouldn’t pick

  • Jennifer

    They never go away whether or not I pick… Or maybe there has never been one I didn’t mess with. I’ve been trying to break this habit for years now! I must confess, I can’t stop myself. I want all that gross sh*t out of my face!!!

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      lol..this made me laugh! It’s a hard habit to break. I am with you…I want it all out of my face too!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    Perfect tips!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This is such a great post. I try really hard not to touch my face, especially for the purpose of attacking a zit… it’s so hard sometimes lol

  • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

    I really have to make myself not pick because I have OCD & once I get started in a micro mirror it is hard to stop :(

  • http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com Melody Robinson Wright

    Great Tips!

  • Betzy Carmona

    Those are very helpful tips

  • kSquaredGlamour

    i almost never pop mine and my husband always tries to and says it better for them but i ate it