A: Any pimple, blemish or “zit” shouldn’t be picked and prodded. This can cause bacteria in the skin to burst under the skin and spread the problem. When you do experience large, and sometimes painful blemishes, it is best to let nature run its course. If you do see some white pus at the surface, you may do as follows:
- Apply a warm compress over the area 8-12 minutes to help encourage the pus to the surface.
- When you have done this, use two cotton swabs (our favorites are Q-tips brand) to gently lift the fluid out. Do your best to place the tip of each swab “under” the pimple. The pus should come out easily without force.
- If you begin to see blood or clear fluid, it’s time to stop. You may see more redness around the area. Apply a cold compress to reduce this.
- Apply an acne clearing product such as Neutrogena On-the-Spot Treatment ($5.99, drugstore.com) to help treat the blemish as it heals. Cleanse your face daily with a salicylic wash and exfoliate 1-2 times per week to keep breakouts at bay.