Popping Pimples Should Not be Complicated

Last time on Twitter, I was asked how to pop pimples without leaving marks. I know everyone says they don't pop pimples but let's be honest, most of us do. The trick to popping pimples is doing it when they are ready. When it has a prominent white head, it's ready and time to pull out your trusty hydrocolloid bandages.

Hydrocolloid bandages are like plasters for pimples. You place one on the pimple and it sucks out all the gunk and reduces inflammation, shrinking the pimple.

I love using hydrocolloid bandages as overnight spot treatments because:

One, I like waking up to a pimple-free face, and two, no hydrocolloid bandages are made with my gorgeous dark skin tone in mind. I'm not walking around with an obvious plaster on my face during the day.

Whenever a pimple on my face is ready to be popped, here's how I use hydrocolloid bandages.

 COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch


The Process

  1. First, using a clean cotton bud, I apply benzoyl peroxide on the pimple.

  2. As it dries, I pick out the products, I'll use. A cleanser, BHA toner and the hydrocolloid bandages.

  3. Next, I wash my hands thoroughly.

  4. By this time, the benzoyl peroxide has dried and is ready to be removed a clean damp tissue.

  5. Now, it's time to pop that pimple! I massage my face with an oil cleanser like Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I wipe it away with a clean, damp face towel. And repeat if necessary.

  6. By the time I'm done cleansing and wiping, the head of the pimple has popped. If it hasn't popped, then it's not ready to be popped. I'll let it be and won't bother putting the hydrocolloid bandage on, simply continue with my routine.

  7. Next, I dispense a BHA toner, like the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, on a clean cotton round and swipe all over my face. I pay extra attention to the spot.

  8. Now, I get the hydrocolloid bandage, the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, and place it on the pimple. It will stay there overnight no matter how much you toss and turn in bed.

  9. On the rest of my face, I do the evening skincare routine and go to bed.

  10. In the morning, without fail, I don't have a pimple to deal with anymore. The bandage, which was flat, is now swollen with gunk. I remove it, do an AM protection skincare routine and carry on with the rest of my day.

 The bandages 

The bandages 


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Have you ever used hydrocolloid bandages before? Let me know!