Only pop whitehead pimples. Whitehead pimples have usually been around for a few days, and they have a white tip where pus has collected underneath the skin. These pimples are easy to pop, and when treated with care they can be safely removed without causing an infection or scarring. Popping other types of pimples can lead to scarring, infection, bleeding and pain, so leave them alone.
Wash your hands thoroughly. You want your hands to be as clean as possible to prevent infection.
Clean the skin around the pimple. ou can use antibacterial face cleanser or swab the area with rubbing alcohol using a cotton ball. Dry gently.
Put a bowl of water in the microwave until it steams. Put a towel over the back of your head, and place your face over the steam (not too close, though, you don't want to burn yourself). The steam will open up your pores, and allow the sebum to exit the pimple through the pore easier, allowing for a lower chance of scarring.
Put on gloves. If you don't have disposable gloves, you can cover your fingers with clean tissues. This prevents infection.
Popping the pimple. The peak of the pimple is its highest point, usually located right in the center. Place one fingertip on either side, just below the tip of the whitehead. Instead of pushing at the tip of the whitehead, aim for the area underneath. You should be able to feel the sebum-filled area easily. If it feels more squishy than like a hard ball under the surface, the pimple isn't ready. After you've located the sebum-filed area, very gently wiggle your fingers together to coax the fluid out.
If no pus comes out, position your fingertips in a slightly different place around the pimple, then try again.
If the pus still remains in the pimple, stop trying to pop it. The pimple is not yet ready to be popped; either wait a few days or let it go away on its own
Wipe the area with an antiseptic solution. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE.