My kids have a bit of a nickname for me they use when the time is right. I have something kind of weird and awkward to admit, but let me give you some context first.
Puberty is so awkward for girls! I wrote a lot about all that awkwardness in my Open Letter to My Daughters in Middle School.
But even if we all mutually acknowledge that the middle school years are THE WORST, we still want to do all we can to make them easier when possible. One of those things we can help our kids do is deal with the pimples that come with the overflowing of hormones.
First of all, if you want them to realize they’re not the only ones with some pimples, watch Dr. Pimple Popper videos together. My girls and I have deep-dived into some YouTube rabbit holes watching her videos. Have you watched any yet? I admit I can’t watch all of them, because some are a little too gross for me. The ones I enjoy the most are the blackhead ones.
Here’s a video of Dr. Pimple Popper pulling out some blackheads. You may be grossed out or you may be engrossed. Tell me which!
The video kind of alluded to what I’m going to admit. Did you hear the boy say his mom “has little tools” when Dr. Lee asked if he tried to remove the blackheads at home.
So by now you probably guessed it. *Confession: I enjoy popping my kids pimples, and I especially love pulling the guts out of blackheads.* I do not do the thing with the needle, because that kind of freaks me out, but I use the little tool to push the blackhead guts out and the one that pops the pimples.
Here is a before and after of a child-that-shall-not-be-publically-named. Her ear was randomly full of blackheads. It almost shocked me when I happened to see it one day because her face isn’t covered in them, so why the ear?! Well, whatever the reason, it was a great excuse to really lean into my Dr. Mommy Pimple Popper nickname. (I was VERY CAREFUL using the tool in her ear because I didn’t want to slip and puncture her ear drum. I didn’t apply that much pressure where I could really slip at all.)
DISCLAIMER: You know I’m not a doctor. You should definitely see a doctor for medical advice. I’m just a mom showing what I do for my kids pimples and blackheads!
The ear, before and after:
It’s not perfect but it is so much better. I also pop the pimples on her face that are ready with these tools too. I don’t want to do anything that could scar her face! Honestly, her face isn’t very bad with pimples, it is just the oily skin of adolescence wreaking havoc with a flare-up here and there!
The Tools I Use:
I purchased a tool pack 2 years ago. Unfortunately Amazon doesn’t have the exact same one anymore, but I found a set I kind of like better than mine (I’ve never used that little mirror thing). I think this set looks really good!
One of my kids said “Is it weird that I look forward to being a mom and getting to pop my kids pimples some day?” 🤣 Nope, nope, not weird at all.
I just want to share if you have teenagers that need your help. You can do this too. Good luck!