Beauty Q&A: What Should I Do After I Pop a Pimple?

Here's what you need to do afterwards.
by Janelle Yau   |  Feb 7, 2017
Art: Clare Magno
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When it comes to great skin, there are a lot of skin commandments that one needs to follow—from washing off your makeup before hitting the sheets to not popping your pimple no matter how big or distracting it is. But let's face it, no matter how many times your mom and beauty magazines remind you not to pop a zit, it can be pretty tempting to do so—especially if it's smacked in the middle of your nose. So for days when you "accidentally" pop one, dermatologist Dr. Rhoda Espino gives us a lowdown on what you need to do afterwards.

Q: What should I do after I pop a pimple?

Dr. Rhoda: Popping a zit, no matter how tempting it is, is a big no regardless of whether you're a beauty girl or not. But in case you accidentally do so, it's important to keep the area where the pimple was clean right away. Wash your face with your prescribed cleanser or a gentle face wash and apply you anti-acne creams prescribed by your dermatologist to avoid any skin irritation or worse—infection.


Dr. Rhoda B Espino graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine and received her training in dermatology in New South Wales Australia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine followed by Fellowship in Aesthetic Dermatology in the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine and the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists. She is currently a member of the Philippine Society in Anti-Obesity, a board director of PAAMMI, and is the CEO of EliteAsia Aesthetics Center.

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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