If you've been in the white head extraction game for a while, you already know there's a right and wrong way to take care of those suckers. You should always wash your hands and face beforehand, use an extraction tool (ideally a comedone extractor), and apply a pimple patch to seal the deal.
But there's one critical step that many people often skip: The post-extraction cleanup.
After you squeeze out the "puss" from the pimple, you'll want to get it off of your face ASAP. "You're left with this keratin and bacteria and skin cell build-up right outside of the pimple, and you need to wipe it away," says Dr. Gohara. She recommends doing this with a cotton swab or cotton round (... just please don't use your bacteria-laden fingers).
Then, it's time to wash your face again. "Make sure to use a high rating, gentle cleanser to make sure that the field around the pimple is sterile," she says. After that, you'll apply your pimple patch and then leave your face alone, okay?
To watch Dr. Gohara critique a few common pimple-popping techniques, make sure to check out the full video.
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