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1. Use oil-free make-up.

2. Remove make-up at night

3. Wash face with warm water twice a day (no more).

4. Never pop pimples.

5. Wash your hands before touching your face.

Now these 5 rules are nothing new, but I would like to know who here actually adheres to them?

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These are definitely great tips. I try to follow them, but #4 and #5 are difficult sometimes. If I'm going out and I see a big whitehead on my face, there's no amount of self control that will prevent me from popping that sucker.
 

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4. Never pop pimples.
I know that not popping is the conventional wisdom. But are there actual clinical studies of whether popping or not is more likely to lead to scars?

My own experience is that of always popping with almost no scars. And I've read anectodal stories of others who popped with no scars. And then you see people who let theirs go and they have severe scarring.
 

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That's true, and the reason is very simple: your skin's quality. While some people have genetically excellent skin, with little chances of scarring, some others don't. Factors influencing this also include your diet, place of residence, regenerative capabilities and previous skin conditions.

Popping can produce scars because the pimples are UNDER your skin; popping implies a rupture of your skin's surface, and this is plainly a wound, whether it bleeds or not. People prone to scars will most likely develop them as a consequence of the wounding and inflammation.

Despite of this, you can never be sure if a scar will appear or not... so, if you ask me, this is a risk I wouldn't like to take!
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I'm going to have to disagree with the popping rule as well. I go to the spa for facials and have my aesthetician extract them with no problems at all besides some hyperpigmentation in the area of extraction that stays there for a while but then fades away. I think that rule applies in the case of some idiot using his or her fingernails with crap underneath it and popping a pimple that isn't ready to come out with all his or her force until he or she cuts their skin. If you're careful and by that I mean using more than common sense, any skin type can get away with removing pimples without issues.
 

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To be honest i have tried putting some cover up on mine. I don't do it much but if its a bad day and i'm going on a date or something i'd rather have a little on then have it look really bad so i don't really care. So your saying that can cause more acne?

i've always popped my pimples out of habit, sometimes it seems to really help but i can see it leading to scars.
 

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David: Yes, it CAN cause more acne, but only if the cosmetics you use are greasy (usually the cheaper ones).

Freddy: Good point... That's true, professional management can be pretty safe. As you said, the results you get from popping your pimples are directly proportional to your hygienic habits.

There's still another reason: infection spreading. Microbes can be transferred from a pimple to your fingers, then to another patch of facial skin (meaning your skin, or someone else's skin). Now, I've read that sometimes a blood vessel can be damaged, spreading the microbes through your blood... what do you think about this?
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I think is a bad idea for somebody to be picking on their pimples' at home, because they dont have the adecuate products to apply after to avoid infection and to 'close' the pore..also you have to know when is ready to extract; You shouldn't bleed, if you bleed it means that you broke collagen and elastin fibers and there is a chance that you get a scar...the scarring depends on how much damage you made in the dermis area and also how fast (your genes) and good your cells produce collagen to repair the damage... for the washing with water..i dont agree. i think now in days we have so many great cleansers for acne skin types that can actually help to control the oils and to calm the breakouts and redness. Hope i could help!
 

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I love how simple those rules are. I don't follow them religiously, but I think that if I did, I would have even fewer breakouts.
 
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