Almost everyone has had a blackhead at one time or another and we have all been tempted to just squeeze them out and be done with them. However, squeezing a blackhead is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your skin. It may seem like a quick fix for an irritating problem, but it can actually cause problems that will last much longer than the one that you were trying to fix. Next time you are tempted to squeeze, think about these reasons that you should leave it alone.
Squeezing Releases Bacteria into the Skin
Blackheads are caused by a combination of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria that situate themselves on the surface of the pores. When you squeeze them, you are not removing the bacteria so much as you are allowing it to spread to the pores on either side of the one that is currently afflicted. It may seem, for the moment, like you have one less blackhead but in a few days time, you are likely to have several more.
Squeezing Causes Inflammation and Irritation
Squeezing a blackhead can actually cause your skin to hurt and with good reason. It causes your cells to become inflamed and irritated, which is unsightly as well as uncomfortable. In the mildest cases, the result will be skin that is just a little bit red. In more severe cases, the irritation could lead to scars that may lighten over time but will never go away completely. When you are tempted to squeeze a blackhead, remember that it will eventually go away, while the blemish you may be creating never will.
Squeezing Blackheads Usually Does Not Work
Not only does squeezing damage your skin, it usually does not even remove the blackhead the way that you are hoping it will. Blackheads are incredibly stubborn and do not want to come out of your skin without a fight. While you are fighting it, you are most likely stretching out your pores, a problem that cannot be undone. The struggle can also lead to cysts on your face, which are much more painful and noticeable than the blackhead. After all of this, you will not only still have the blackhead you started with but a host of new problems to deal with.
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