Serene Aesthetics

No No Pop Pimples

Jul 9, 2018 — by A.O

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.


Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.


Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.


Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.


Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Scarring:

Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.



Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

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Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.


Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.


Cleansing Twice a Day

You may be too busy or tired for that 5-minute cleansing routine in the early morning or after a long hard day. However, your cleansing routine is much more important than you think. It is recommended that you cleanse your face twice a day. Yes, this means you should cleanse your face at the morning and night.

Firstly

Cleansing helps remove unwanted skin contactants. Morning cleanse is necessary to remove debris such as dead skin cells, allergens, dust and mold that accumulate on your skin during your sleep. This is because our bed and bedding sheets are the hotbed for skin contactants, especially allergens and bacteria. On the other hand, cleansing your face at night helps to wash off makeup, dirt and sebum that accumulate throughout the day. If not properly cleansed, all these impurities can clog your pores and cause further skin concerns such as large pores, acne, rashes and irritated skin.

Secondly

cleansing is essential to prepare your skin for your morning and nighttime skincare routine. Imagine you are applying your skincare products and makeup on top of dead skin cells and excess oil. Not only unhygienic, it can also restrict the penetration of the potent ingredients in your skincare products into your skin. Therefore, cleansing day and night helps remove makeup, sebum and dirt, leaving your skin fresh and perfectly prepped to absorb your skincare regimen.

Thirdly

Cleansing helps enhance the natural process of the skin. Skin that is not well-cleansed can be inhibited from performing such process. We know that our skin repair and regenerate itself at night. If impurities on the skin are not removed, such process will not take place effectively which will affect the skin condition. For example, impurities on the face can affect the natural exfoliation process of the skin to shed the dead skin cells and thus result in dull appearance and flaky dry skin.  Besides, the overnight recovery process of the skin leads to more sebum secretion which cannot be rinsed away with mere water and requires proper cleansing.


Therefore, understanding importance of cleansing helps to discipline you to be more diligent in cleansing your face as you want your skin to be perfectly flawless and healthy. However, you should try to keep this cleansing twice a day because over-cleansing can work the opposite, causing you dry skin.