small, some are large, some red and others white. All of us get them at one
point in our lives: zits.
you’re 13 or 31, a natural impulse when spotting a zit is to pop it.
Dorothy Meintjies, a dermatologist from Centurion, Gauteng, warns there are
certain types of zits which you shouldn’t touch if you want to avoid infection
following five types of zits are better left alone.
tempting to want to play with or pop an ingrown hair. But don’t.
lead to inflammation and permanent scarring,” Dr Meintjies warns. If the hair
is buried deeply under the dermis, a dermatologist will have to remove it with
a sterile needle.
aren’t actually zits at all. They are caused by a virus and are highly
When a cold
sore starts forming, you’ll feel it happening – the spot where it’s about to
emerge will be super sensitive and tingly. Before a cold sore forms, it looks
like a group of small, clear blisters. Pimples or zits, on the other hand, are
red or yellow.
small, white spots that sometimes form on your face and which you might try to
pop, but can’t. Dr Natasha Cook, a dermatologist, says that’s because this type
of zit has no opening on the skin’s surface and was formed the same way a cyst
forms – under the skin.
professional [such as a dermatologist] to break the cyst under the skin using a
fine needle,” she recommends.
name for this is keratosis pilaris. The layman’s term refers to the skin having
the appearance of a chicken after its feathers have been plucked.
condition is mainly found in children and most people outgrow it. Dr Cook says
it’s completely harmless.
treatment is with a cream that cleanses the cells. Vitamin A can also help,”
CYSTIC ACNE PIMPLES
of acne needs to be left well alone – it can leave permanent scarring on your
face,” Dr Cook says.
suffer from acne, your best bet for treatment is visiting a dermatologist who
can prescribe relevant medication and creams.
SO WHICH ONES CAN YOU POP?
white heads,” Dr Meintjies says. “But they have to be on the skin’s surface and
always use a tissue [to cover your fingers to avoid infection] when you pop
Sources: Womenshealthmag.com; Thisisinsider