3. Cystic Acne Pimples
Cystic acne pimples occur deep in the skin, forming red, tender nodules that can be very painful, but also difficult to treat with OTC meds. “The inflammation that accompanies cystic acne can hinder the healing process and often lead to permanent scarring that’s impossible to eliminate,” said Engelman.
Picking at this bump doesn’t make things easier. “The cysts occur so far beneath the skin that you won’t even come close to reaching the bump and you’ll be left with a bloody spot that’s impossible to cover up with makeup,” said Schlessinger. Instead, book an appointment with a dermatologist, who can properly treat the acne without causing scarring.
These can be some of the easiest and often most satisfying to squeeze and clean up. But if you’re looking to remove these annoying bumps, its best to leave them alone. “Whiteheads keep acne bacteria contained to one area while the blemish heals, so when it is squeezed, it releases the contents of the blemish–often a mix of acne bacteria, oil, and skin cells,” said Schlessinger.
Keep in that these whiteheads can easily spread the bacteria they are filled with throughout your face or deeper into your skin. The best thing to do is to leave them alone, says Schlessinger, or opt for a spot treatment to dry the whitehead if you are looking for an immediate fix.
A lipoma is a fatty lump underneath the skin that can feel like a cystic pimple. These lipomas are non-cancerous and usually harmless, although they can be painful if they grow too big.Related: 9 Vitamin Deficiencies That Show up on Your Skin
Although Dr. Pimple Popper “pops” these lipomas for her clients, you should avoid doing this yourself at home. By avoiding the dirty work, you can save your skin from breaking, becoming red, and potentially introducing bacteria to the area. Your best bet is to visit a dermatologist.