Don’t half-ass it then. Wait until 1. It is properly headed-up. 2. You’re in front of a well-lit bathroom mirror at home. 3. Avoid putting pressure on it, instead see below reply by AnonymousArtist. 4. Wash immediately with soap and prevent infection with a bit of neosporin. It’s like people forget basic hygiene when they get the smallest bit of acne on them.
@WhoseLineIsItAnyway, I disagree with you on step 3. In my experience, you can make the blemish larger and stick around longer (even if it is no longer a whitehead) by using pressure to pop it. You can minimize irritation and swelling in the affected area by:
a) applying a warm compress for a few minutes, such as a warm, wet cloth
b) carefully and lightly pricking the head with a sterilized needle at an angle parallel to the skin
and c) after wrapping your fingers in cotton or tissue, putting your fingers on either side of the blemish and pulling *away*.
It's counter intuitive, but this often allows the zit to drain without the risk of pushing some of the infected pus deeper into the skin. This also helps to minimize potential scarring.
Of course it is better in the long run to simply use medicated creams (I rely on a combination of prescription benzyl peroxide cream and salicylic acid moisturizer), but these often aren't as fast-acting and don't prevent all breakouts.
@AnonymousArsonist, edited comment. I forgot different kinds of zits require different treatments. Thanks.
But I like when I squirt the pus on the mirror. And hearing that really faint “thup” sound it makes when it pops