Popping pimples is the adult version of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment. We know we will get a better reward if we don’t pick them, but it’s so hard not to.
In the famous Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, researchers offered children a marshmallow and said that if they waited to eat it, they could have two. Children with the willpower to wait for the better reward tended to have higher SAT scores, lower BMIs, and more impressive educational credentials later in life. Similarly, people who can delay the instant gratification of popping that pustule and just sit around with a pimple until it goes away naturally tend to have better skin. But people who can do that are rare, like saints and superheroes. Most of us mean well, but within a day, we’re clawing into our faces, even though we know better.
Keeping oneself from popping the pimple is much easier if you can make the pimple go away faster, so we found 10 videos that will tell you how to get rid of that pimple ASAP.
How to get rid of pimples by Into The Gloss10 Ways To Get Rid Of A Pimple That Are Actually More Fun Than Popping It
Model Suzanne Diaz knows about getting rid of pimples without scarring yourself up like Edward James Olmos. Her overnight trick will help get rid of pimples before you are tempted to claw at them.
DIY home remedy to get rid of pimples quickly
Huh. This lady makes green tea and tea tree oil ice cubes, and if you let them melt on the zit, they help reduce inflammation. Sounds kind of fun, actually.
How to get rid of your pimples fast
Apparently, a Q-Tip and tea tree oil will get rid of a pimple in just one or two days. Her skin looks so good; we’ll try anything she says. Seriously, her skin is so smooth it looks like she’s been Photoshopped.
How to get rid of a cystic pimple overnight by Makeupislove1
There’s nothing worse than those deep, red, painful pimples under the skin. The way you can feel them all the time makes them much harder to ignore and resist picking. But apparently, you can get rid of them with some Vicks Vapor Rub.
How to get rid of blackheads by Cassandra Bankson
Cassandra covers how to extract blackheads, then treat your skin to prevent them from coming back.
How to remove blackheads by HAUSOFCOLOR
Apparently, you can get rid of blackheads by painting over them with Elmer’s glue and then pulling it off? The blackheads are supposed to come off with the glue. I have not tried this, but I did greatly enjoy peeling Elmer’s glue off my hands as a child, so at least this seems fun.
And if it doesn’t go away and you must pop it, here’s how to do it properly:
How to pop a pimple properly by ElsBeautyxx DIY
Warning: So gross.
Dr. Oz describes how to pop a pimple by Dr. Oz properly
How to pop a pimple the right way by TotalBeautyTV
I love that these professionals start out by saying what we all know: Do not try to pop a pimple! But they also know we’re going to do it anyway. (I definitely fail the Marshmallow Test.) So this at least will help minimize the risk of damage.
Beauty Expert, Contributing Editor
Susan started her career in writing as an intern at Blufashion way back in 2015 and continued to write herself in and out of situations. She went to school for Creative Writing and sort of Journalism but mostly making things up and getting graded on it. She wears way too many stripes.