Dark Spots, Marks, and Blemishes

One of the main causes of blemishes and dark spots is a result of our reaction to pesky pimples, blackheads, and bumps. Many have a weakness when it comes to the huge red, white, and black dots that may cloud the face at any one given time. Most will automatically be tempted to “pop” the bump through bursting the surface of the skin, however, this is not necessarily the best option.

The problem with the “popping” strategy is that oftentimes, the stress and tension that we place into bursting the bump will actually cause the area to be more irritated. In result, the irritation of the skin goes on to scar the surface of the skin. The scarring is what is referred to as a dark spot or a blemish. Once the dark spot or blemish has developed, it is very difficult to get rid of.

Also, not only does the popping of the bump lead to blemishes, but in some cases, it may lead to bacteria in the bloodstream. Have you ever noticed that upon squeezing the puss and buildup out of a bump that blood often follows close behind? If you are not caeful to squeeze all of the puss out in an efficient manner, you could very easily leave some behind to mix with the bloodstream. This is a whole new topic to elaborate on in itself.

Alternatives to squeezing and bursting bumps:

Place a bit of toothpaste, a deep pore cleansing mask, or something similar on pimples/whiteheads

Avoid squeezing up blackheads with your nails and/or abrasive surfaces

Use a bobby pin or a “bump burster” (yes these are actually manufactured and sold) to bring the puss out of the blackhead

Allow bumps to burst only during gentle exfoliation when cleansing the face