All dermatologists agree that popping or squeezing a pimple is not recommended. However, if it happens, you can apply Cover-Dot on popped pimples to allow healing AND to prevent yourself from touching the infected skin.
In addition, use these tips to prevent further damage.
Do Not Touch – Dr. Graf instructs to keep your hands away from the area, to avoid spreading the bacteria. “Place a band aid on the area, if necessary.”
Ice It – Dr. Somerville also recommends applying ice (wrap up in a tissue first if the sensation is too intense) to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
Fight Bacteria – Afterwards, “use an anti-bacterial treatment such as Neosporin which will help heal and form a protective moist shield to keep the area from becoming dry and scaly,” Silla says.
How does a hydrocolloid dressing work?
After you pop a pimple, a dry scab forms over the pimple. This makes it hard for healing to begin - the scab stops exudate (aka gunk, oil, pus)from leaving the pimple. Hydrocolloid in the Cover-Dot promotes healing by creating a moist environment and drawing exudate out of the inflamed area. Hydrocolloid creates an ideal moist environment for the pimple to heal by lowering the pH level and creating an environment that prevent bacterial growth. The self-adhering patch also prevents bacteria from entering and prevents the urge to irritate the pimple further.