You KNOW you aren’t supposed to pick or squeeze that big zit on your chin, but the temptation is too real! If you MUST, you should do it properly. Read tips from an A-list Hollywood derm below.
Kate Somerville is a skincare icon. Her California clinic treats almost every star you can think of — Kate Hudson, Lea Michele and Bella Thorne, just to name a few.
Kate offered the following advice on Lauren Conrad‘s blog.
There are a few things you need to know before trying to extract a pimple. Only try if the blemish is ready to be pushed, meaning there is a visible whitehead.
You also need the right tools. Your fingers are not enough. You will need “a lancet, your cleanser and exfoliator, a clean washcloth, some tissue or cotton swabs, witch hazel and Neosporin.”
Begin by cleansing and exfoliating your skin. Then apply a warm compress or use a steamer to open pores. Cover your fingers in tissues, and start by gently squeezing blackheads out. Do whiteheads next.
Whiteheads are trickier — “carefully pierce the center of the blemish by pushing the lancet straight in and straight out. This provides the canal. If you don’t give the blemish a canal, you’re actually breaking the skin and creating an injury, which can leave a scar. The blemish can also erupt under the skin, which can lead to an infection,” Kate explained to LaurenConrad.com.
Using a lancet is VERY important. It’s also vital to only use disposable options once — after that, it’s going to be germ-infested and will do more harm than good.
Tweezerman has a good one you can re-use, but be sure to clean it properly. It’s called the No Slip Skincare Tool.
To get the infection out, squeeze gently at the base of your blemish. Make sure you are patient and have good lighting! Good luck!
HollywoodLifers, do you pick your zits?