When you spot a zit in the mirror, you'll do almost anything to get rid of it. You may have heard not to pop a pimple -- it can lead to scarring -- but in the moment, it's hard to resist. Once you've done the deed, treat your delicate skin right so the pimple doesn't leave behind a permanent mark. New zits can arise in the same spot as popped ones, so you'll also need to treat the area with acne medication to ward them off.

Step 1

Dampen a washcloth with warm water, then blot the popped pimple a few times. Gently wipe away any blood, pus or other fluid. If the pimple is actively bleeding, wait until it stops before proceeding. Hold the cloth over the pimple to help it stop bleeding faster.

Step 2

Dip a cotton ball in benzoyl peroxide or another antibacterial solution. Dab the pimple and surrounding skin with the solution to kill bacteria and ward off infection.

Step 3

Apply a dab of salicylic-acid acne medication to the popped zit to discourage the pimple from returning.

Step 4

Blot the area with a glycolic-acid pad. The acid helps shed the top of layer of damaged skin. Alternatively, apply a cortisone cream several times per day for up to a week. This is gentler than exfoliating with a gritty scrub, especially if you have sensitive facial skin.

Step 5

Dab the pimple with an antibacterial ointment, then cover it up with a bandage overnight.