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It’s serous fluid. It’s completely benign and fills cavities in body tissues, etc. Usually means you got the bad stuff out! Make sure the next step is disinfection… 🙂
The clear fluid is serum, otherwise known as Lymphatic fluid. If it’s red, it’s blood. Whitish is typically a mix sebum and dead skin cells. If it’s blackish/brownish, but mostly on one end, it’s the same mix of sebum and dead skin cells, except that the mix has oxidized (aka a blackhead). Any mix of blood and other colors indicates pus (dead bacteria, white blood cells, skin cells, sebum and bacterial waste products).
It means that the pimple wasn’t infected and was merely filled with fluid (mostly water) and that the thinning skin over the pimple has broken thus letting it drain.
There might be a few hours or a day of minor inflammation but unless the lesion becomes infected it will probably be completely gone in a short time.
Often a fluid filled lesion resembling a pimple isn’t really a pimple but the body’s reaction to an irritant, say carpet fibres that penetrated the skin. The body encapsulates them and fluid fills the area around the irritant. This stretches and weakens the skin until it breaks and drains out the fluid surrounding it which washes out the irritant at the same time.
it is mostly water from the interstitium (space between cells). If it has some blood in it it’s called serosanguinous fluid. The reason it accumulates is inflammation at the site of the pustule / furuncle, which increases the porosity of the nearby tissues and allows fluid to seep into the space where the pus was. And by squeezing it, you’re further irritating the site of injury, which maintains/reproduces the inflammatory response. Therefore, if you keep irritating it, you may release more, but it certainly won’t be never-ending.
Are you squeezing the pimple hard?
It actually sounds as if it could be intercellular fluid, which is not good – that means you are damaging your skin. It is NOT oil, if thats what you were wondering.
But, if you are playing with a pimple to the point that you are breaking down the skin tissue, it could be releasing its healthy, life-giving flui…
Clear liquid from a pimple is ‘serous fluid’ containing white blood cells killed in the battle against bacteria/inflammation. It is the natural cycle of healing inflammation and white blood cells doing their job.
It’s not water in the sense that you speak.
We are 60% water. So 60% is water…tje rest is wall to wall WBC’s (polymorphonucleocytes) with bacteria phagocytized and now isolated within the cytoplasm’s of these WBC’s.
There will be also be RBC’s and various clotting proteins too…
As someone who has had acne on and off since I was a teen this is my experience. The zit wasn’t ready to pop. When it is ready the infection will come out. You have just squeezed the water..and probably a mix of other fluids out. (Blood and possibly a small ammout of the infection) have no fear given time the rest will work it’s way out, unless you have already popped it, if so I squeeze until blood comes out so I know I have gotten all of the infection.
I am from being a dermatologist here, but I strongly recommend you to let a dermatologist pop your pimples for you.
The bacteria on your hands can get into pimples and give you an infection. Plus, at-home popping without proper techniques or hygiene can make a pimple worse or leave you with permanent scarring.
Now to answer your question on what this clear liquid is:
A generic word for this clear liquid is “serous” fluid, which is mostly water from the interstitium (space between cells).
If it has some blood in it, then it’s called serosanguinous fluid. The reason it accumulates is inflammation at the site of the furuncle, which increases the porosity of the nearby tissues and allows fluid to seep into space where the pus was.
the clear liquid is mainly white blood cells and plasma, its main purpose is to form a seal or coat of protection over your broken skin (the popped pimple). You shouldn’t wipe it off apart ftom any excess that drips down