Why Do Some Pimples Come Back Bigger After You Pop Them?

By Anya Reyes for Belo Medical Group on December 29, 2020

Isn’t it frustrating how pimples show up on days when you need to have that clear skin you’ve worked so hard for? A hot date, a job interview, getting your 1×1 ID photo taken…the list goes on. We then turn to our default resolution of trying to pop the zit ourselves, covering it up with makeup, and praying that it doesn’t look noticeable. What you may have noticed though is that it comes back on the same spot, sometimes even bigger, after you’ve popped it. Why is that so? We sat down with Dr. Vicki Belo to find answers.

Let’s first take a closer look at a pimple. She describes it as if it was a mountain, and underneath is a little sac where all the pus is. 

Pimple

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She further explains: “There’s only a very narrow point where all that pus can come out. As you pick and try to push out the pus, there’s a point where you feel the pain because you’re trying to squeeze out a big ball out of a small hole. You let go and you try again. The moment you’re able to pop it, what really happens is half the pus comes out, and the other half of the pus gets sucked inside since you’re putting pressure when you release, and it just stays there. You can’t get it out anymore because it’s inflamed and irritated. That’s why pimples come back on the same spot, sometimes bigger than the one before it.”

According to Dr. Belo, you’re not able to completely remove the pus yourself 70% of the time. That’s why she’s recommending everyone, even dermatologists themselves, to have acne professionally treated, because sanitized tools are used to prick them—and there are certain techniques to gather all the pus underneath your skin and completely push it all out. 

Thankfully, there are several treatments available at your favorite Belo clinic depending on your skin’s needs so not all hope is lost. From Glycopeel Cleaning to ADVAClear, our Belo doctors or even Dr. Belo herself will be able to recommend the best beauty plan for you. 

To book your consultation for acne-related concerns, call 8819-BELO, or email info@belomed.com.

Want to chat before diving in? Click here to book an online consultation with a Belo MD. If you want to speak to the Beauty Expert herself, clickhere to book an online consultation with Dr. Vicki Belo.

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