Dr. Pimple Popper Obsessed? Here are 7 Safe Ways to Get Rid of Acne at Home

With the popularity of TLC’s new Dr. Pimple Popper, I have noticed that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who are obsessed with pimple popping, and those who cannot stand the sight of a pimple being popped. While the show isn’t necessarily focused on popping everyday pimples, it has become a favorite for pimple-popping addicts around the globe. This show has also made us question the long-time sentiment: “never pop pimples.” While most people do pop pimples regardless of what they have been told, this isn’t always the safest option for your skin. Pimple popping can cause bacteria to enter the skin and lengthen the healing process. There are, however, some safe ways to rid your skin of unwanted breakouts. Keep reading to find out how you can get rid of unwanted breakouts without causing any harm!

1. Acne Patches

Acne patches are one of the safest ways to get rid of pimples overnight. The patches have a vacuum-like effect, absorbing the toxins and dirt trapped under your skin. Acne patches also protect your pimples from bacteria and from you touching your skin!

Anthropologie Squish. Flower Power Acne Patches

Urban Outfitters Rael Microneedle Acne Healing Patches

Urban Outfitters Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+ Set

2. Acne Spot Treatments

Spot treatments have been around for a long time, and that is because they work! People swear by the effects of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, so try looking for a treatment with one of those ingredients. There are many kinds of spot treatments out there, so pick one based on your specific skin needs.

Anthropologie Indie Lee Banish Stick

Sephora EradiKate™ Acne Treatment

Urban Outfitters DERMA E Acne Spot Treatment

3. A Pore Vacuum

Pore vacuums are the new internet craze. I found myself fascinated with these gunk-sucking machines as well, and I even purchased one. Pore vacuums remove the bacteria from underneath your skin without causing damage. However, be sure not to leave it in one place for too long or it may leave a bruise!

Urban Outfitters SpaLife Blackhead Extracting Pore Vacuum

Urban Outfitters Luxe + Willow Areo Pore Suction Vacuum

Sephora Personal Microderm

4. Light Therapy

Light therapy is a lesser-known method of controlling acne. This device uses light to clear up pimples and kill bacteria. Light therapy also shrinks your oil glands which helps your skin from producing more oil that could clog your pores.

Urban Outfitters reVive Light Therapy Poof Acne Treatment

Sephora Lightstim® for Acne

5. Natural Remedies

There are many natural remedies for clearing up acne: applying tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or certain essential oils. There are also supplements you can take like fish oil and zinc that are known to prevent breakouts. If you don’t have any of these at home, you could also test out some products with natural ingredients, like these:

Urban Outfitters Blume Meltdown Acne Oil

Anthropologie Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment

6. Swap Out Your Pillowcase

Believe it or not, your pillowcase may be the cause of your acne! Unless you wash your pillowcase very frequently, it can accumulate skin cells, bacteria, hair products, and facial oils that can clog your pores. Silk pillowcases are known to be the best for preventing breakouts, but there are all kinds of anti-acne pillowcases out there. Check out these great options below!

Urban Outfitters Slip Silk Pillowcase

Walmart AUCHEN Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin

Macy’s Anti-Acne Standard Pillowcases by Safe Havens

7. Safely Pop Pimple with Needle, Don’t Squeeze!

If you absolutely need to pop a pimple, you can pop it with a needle. This method is most like what you see on Dr. Pimple Popper. Make sure you wash your hands first and sanitize the needle with rubbing alcohol. Gently puncture the white head of the pimple, without going so deep that you draw blood. Then, without squeezing, use your fingers and gently pull away from the blemish to drain it. Follow up with a cleanser, and a spot treatment or a pimple patch for faster healing.

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