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It’s the perfect time to make sure your PC is up to date

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Deciding when to upgrade your PC is as tough a decision as any. There is a constant flow of new PC components coming to the market, each leapfrogging the last, and computer upgrades aren’t always easy to afford.

But now is a pretty good time to give upgrading a shot. There are a lot of great parts on the market, with good prices on some of the best items, and there isn’t too much reason to hold out.

Let’s take a look at some of the particularly strong reasons for you to make sure your gaming PC is up to speed.

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From AMD’s highest-end Zen 2 chips down to the lower end, like the Ryzen 5 3600, the new ecosystem offers incredible performance that scales up well with the number of cores. It’s even better for gamers, who can get great game performance even from the cheaper Ryzen 5 chips.

AMD’s new X570 chipset also works with the new CPUs to enable PCIe 4.0. This can double the data bandwidth for add-in cards, enabling much faster storage.

Best of all, many of AMD’s great, consumer-targeted Ryzen 3000-series chips have been on the market long enough that they’re starting to get great discounts. A perfect example is this Ryzen 5 3600X deal that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

Though AMD’s processors have been bad news for Intel, they’re good news for shoppers who want to buy Intel parts. We’ve seen some of the latest Intel chips get lower prices than their predecessors as Intel has real competition once again.

Intel’s Coffee Lake Refresh chips are offering plenty of power, especially when it comes to individual cores. We’ve even seen Intel drop the prices of its HEDT chips, as the Intel Core i9-10980XE launched at half the price of its predecessor.

So, if you’re looking to pick up a new CPU and motherboard, you’ll find great options from both Team Red and Team Blue right now.

RAM and storage prices are fairly low
We’ve come a long way from the flash shortages of 2018. Now, it’s about as affordable as ever to load your computer up with memory and solid state storage. We’ve even seen 1TB of PCIe SSD storage cost little over the price of a new video game.

If your computer is running on a hard drive and has 8GB of RAM, now is a great time to make the upgrade.

You can find some cheap RAM to load up your computer, giving you plenty of memory for games or for Chrome to hog. Or you can go with the best RAM, giving your PC faster memory to work with.

The best upgrade would be to get your operating system and favorite programs running on an SSD. And no, we’re not even talking about an old 2.5-inch SSD. While those can offer a good boost in performance over a hard drive, a PCIe NVMe SSD offers even more throughput by skipping past the dated SATA interface used by hard drives and older SSDs.

You can find the best SSD at surprisingly reasonable prices. So, if you held out on adding an SSD (or three) to your computer because the price had always seemed too high, check again.

Best cloud storage of 2020 online: free, paid and business options

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Businesses and consumers are increasingly reliant on cloud based storage solutions instead of in-house, on-premise local storage hardware.

Your files are stored in the cloud, which is a simplified view of what is essentially someone else’s infrastructure (data center, server, hard drive, connectivity etc).

Ever since Amazon popularised storage online with S3 (Simple Storage Service), 13 years ago, Google data shows that interest for “Cloud Storage” alone has increased by 40x over the past decade. So much so that people less frequently refer to it as “online storage”.

Given the multitude of cloud storage providers out there, one has to wisely choose a provider who will offer the maximum amount of low-cost storage and bandwidth, while still keeping your data safe.

This list represents our top picks for cloud storage: most offer a free tier allowing you to see if they’re right for you before handing over any hard-earned cash. And it’s iDrive that leads the way thanks to how fast, thorough and easy to use it is. And it’s an added bonus that its Cyber Monday sale pricing is still going strong (for a limited time only):

Business users will need to consider carefully what their needs are as terms and conditions as well as quality of service is likely to differ significantly from their consumer alter ego.

Go straight to your desired option through the jump links below:

Best free cloud storage
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Best cloud storage of 2020 at a glance:
iDrive
pCloud
Zoolz
Degoo
Mega cloud storage
OneDrive
iCloud
Google Drive
Box
NextCloud

Where to buy a webcam: these retailers still have stock

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When you have to work from home, the capability to have an effective video conference is extremely important. And, while a lot of folks may have laptops that have a built-in camera, the best webcams can boost video quality so much that they’re essential for anyone having regular video calls.

However, now that the Covid-19 crisis has driven so many people to work from home, supply is running out. Understandably, a lot of people are scrambling to get their hands on a solid webcam so they can keep doing their jobs, even if they have to be remote.

If you’re scrambling to get your hands on a solid webcam, however, don’t worry – they’re definitely still out there, even if they’re not quite as easy to find.

Luckily, we here at TechRadar are online shopping pros, and we’ve found the retailers that still have solid webcams on sale and gathered them all up down below. Just keep in mind that because webcams are moving so fast, there are certain models that may sell out super quickly.

In the UK? We’ve just added some webcams for the UK market as well. Stock is moving really quickly right now, so make sure you jump on what’s available now. Check out our best webcams piece also to see the current range and find out which are still in stock in your areas.

Where to buy a webcam in the US
We scoured the web to find the webcams that still have stock available to buy right now. Because the nature of online shopping, however, we’ll likely see some of these sell out in the meantime. Some of these webcams are on backorder right now, but if you do buy one that’s affected you should still be able to get it in about a week.

Best meditation apps: practice mindfulness with Headspace, Calm and more

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The best meditation apps could help you to sleep better, reduce your stress levels and find some much-needed inner peace. But given the situation right now with Covid-19, even if meditation apps just give you a break from the news and a chance to chill out for ten minutes, they’re more than worth it.

Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps around, first launched 10 years ago. Since then, hundreds of other meditation apps have been created and that means finding the best meditation app for you can be overwhelming.

But when it comes to meditation, choice is a good thing. There are now meditation apps to cater to all kinds of people and preferences. From apps for beginners that walk you through the basics of meditation (like Headspace and Buddhify), through to those that just provide you with a timer and sound cues so you can ‘freestyle’ your meditation practice instead (like Samsara Timer and Pocket Meditation Timer).

Not only are there different styles of apps, but different variations of meditative practice. You’ve likely heard celebs shout about the benefits of transcendental meditation, but most of the meditation apps you can download, and the ones on this list, allow you to practice a form of mindfulness meditation – less focus on chanting and mantras and more focus on, well, focus.

It’s easy to roll your eyes at the word ‘mindfulness’. We’ve all been inundated with books, articles and apps about becoming more mindful, from mindful swimming and shopping to mindfultidying and travelling, and everything else in-between. But, put simply, mindfulness is about being present and noticing what’s happening.

Contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t mean emptying your mind. Instead, it means paying more attention. Whether that’s to your thoughts, your breath or sounds around you. The benefit of mindfulness meditation is that you can start to take some of the presence and awareness you feel when you’re meditating into everything else you do throughout the day.

And, giving you the tools to be a bit more present throughout the day is just one of the many benefits of meditation. It’s still early days for scientific studies (so we can’t say for definite that meditation works well for everyone and brings about the same benefits for everyone), but results are promising.

So far, studies have shown meditation can lower blood pressure, improve sleep, alleviate some of the symptoms of depression, reduce stress and increase self-compassion, improve your memory and even bolster your immune system.

With all of that in mind, here’s our top pick of the best meditation apps at the moment. All of which we’ve used and tested (in some cases for years) to bring you the best chance of cultivating a bit more calm and a little less stress in your life.

1. Waking Up

Best for those who want a simple practice steeped in insight

Waking up was created by Sam Harris, a neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster and author who teaches and discusses meditation in a modern, scientific context.

What we like about the Waking Up app above all others is it’s no-nonsense. There’s no chanting, twinkling rain sounds or spiritual references. Even the app itself has a very easy-to-use and minimal design.

The goal here is to be present and aware. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also soothing and transformative. We’ve been using Waking Up for more than a year and have found it’s made a huge difference – particularly to stress levels and reactiveness.

There are two sections of Waking Up. The Practice section is where you can access simple daily meditations narrated by Sam Harris himself. When you first sign-up to the app, these daily practices will serve as an introduction to meditation, easing you into the basics of sitting still and becoming more aware.

But there’s also a section called Theory, which is about learning what’s going on behind the practice. Sam Harris interviews a number of prominent figures in the meditation, self-development and neuroscience spaces to discuss topics like death and awareness and also posts smaller lessons, which are like chunks of wisdom we sometimes listen to when we’ve already meditated that day.

This wealth of lessons, interviews and additional insights about meditation is what makes Waking Up stand apart from the competition. This is why we recommend Waking Up for those who want to get to grips with meditation, as well as the science and thinking behind it.

Pricing: Free. But with in-app purchases to unlock more content. You can also get in touch with Sam Harris and the creators if you really want to try more of the app but can’t afford it.

Available for iOS / Android

Hands on: iPad Pro 2020 review

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Apple’s big changes to the iPad Pro came in 2018: the design, the tech and the accessories all got big upgrades.

They thrust the iPad Pro into new territory, and while some felt like the change to a more industrial design wasn’t the most attractive, it really felt like Apple was bringing some innovation to the range.

However, two years later and the new upgrade, in the form of the iPad Pro 2020, doesn’t really add a huge amount. There’s a new camera with improved depth-sensing functionality, more power under the hood, and better studio-quality microphones… but that’s really as far as the changes go.

Apple has increased the base storage inside, to 128GB for the base model without raising the price, but the other key upgrade – the Magic Keyboard with a trackpad built in – won’t be here until May, and will also be rolled out to the older iPad Pro models.

We’ve been working on our iPad Pro review, using the 12.9-inch model, for a few days now, but we’re still in the process of testing a few features. Below you can read our in-depth first impressions of the device, but until we can fully test the battery and camera we’re holding off giving the device a definitive score.

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New iPad Pro 2020 release date and price

The new iPad Pro models were announced on March 18, and you’re able to order them from today at Apple’s online store; Apple has closed its physical stores for the foreseeable future owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The actual iPad Pro 2020 release date is March 24, according to Apple, although the online store says the first delivery date is March 25 in the US – so you may have to wait an extra day to play with your new iPad.

How much will the new iPad Pro 2020 cost? It really depends on whether you go for the 11-inch version or opt for the 12.9-inch model, and which storage size you go with; there’s also the option to include LTE cellular connectivity, which bumps up the price.

Below we’ve put together a chart of the prices for the standard Wi-Fi only models:

How does the iPad Pro compare to a laptop?

As mentioned above, one of the big upgrades is the Magic Keyboard, a ‘proper’ typing experience that brings the iPad Pro even closer to a MacBook, and calls into question the degree to which Apple sees the iPad Pro as being distinct from the MacBook range.

However, that keyboard, which comes with a trackpad, won’t be available for a few months, and that rather limits the upgrade appeal of the new iPad Pro.

However, the iPad Pro 2020 is a much-improved tablet for one simple reason: iPadOS 13.4, which comes with support for trackpads and mice (as you might have guessed, given the Magic Keyboard now comes with one).

Where previously you had to use the workaround for hooking up a mouse that came with 2019’s launch of iPad OS 12, which you could enable in the Accessibility section, now the functionality is fully built in. The cursor is a small round circle that bops about the screen under your input, rather than requiring a prod from a finger that could overbalance the tablet, and which feels unintuitive when you’re trying to type.

Apple is also claiming this cursor isn’t the same as a MacOS pointer, as it’s a circle that will dynamically change to a regular text cursor when you hover over text.

First, it doesn’t always switch in the right way (even on Pages, Apple’s own word document processor, or Google Docs); and second, we don’t see how this is that much different to a standard mouse pointer on a normal laptop.

There are some nice touches though – for example when the cursor is over an option that you can select it’ll highlight the option, rather than displaying a pointer that gets in the way – but Apple hasn’t exactly reinvented the wheel here.

We used a Magic Trackpad to navigate around, a separate device that has the same functionality as the Magic Keyboard, and the gestures are intuitive: swipe up to move the cursor, two fingers to scroll, three fingers to go back home etc.

If you’ve ever used a Mac trackpad, you’ll feel instantly at home; if you haven’t it takes some getting used to, but there’s definitely something novel and useful about having mouse support in the iPad Pro.

However, the biggest issue, in addition to those we’ve already mentioned, is that so many apps don’t work seamlessly with the mouse pointer yet – they’re still touch-first experiences, and the mouse pointer just feels like another way to interact with them, rather than enhancing the experience.

They’re just that: apps. They’re not fully-fledged desktop experiences, and even certain websites on Safari (which supports a desktop-class experience) aren’t as easy to interact with on the new iPad Pro as they are on a standard laptop.

The mouse support is welcome, for sure, but we didn’t feel like it was as smooth or intuitive an experience as on a traditional, wider-screen laptop. It’s partly to do with the fact that apps aren’t yet set up properly to take advantage of the functionality, but overall it feels like a cut-down desktop experience.

5G iPhone: why hasn’t Apple embraced next-gen internet in its latest devices?

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5G is the biggest mobile tech story of the year. Major networks in the US, UK and Europe have launched 5G services, and you don’t have to be a hedge fund manager to afford them. But Apple has not joined in with the vast amount of other manufacturers offering 5G phones.

None of its handsets – including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max – offer 5G.

Huawei, Samsung, Oppo, LG, Sony, Nokia, OnePlus and more have all made 5G. And while withered HTC seems to have put its money on blockchain rather than 5G (that’s right, it really did make a ‘blockchain phone’), even it has made a 5G hub, with a 5G handset now in the works too.

The big question: why is Apple behind? Let’s look into some of the reasons Apple can arguably afford not to release a 5G iPhone right now, and some of the underlying causes of this delay.

But first we’ll address the other question many of you probably want answering – when we’ll see a 5G iPhone.

5G: everything you need to know
5G iPhone release date
A number of analysts have predicted that some – or perhaps all – of the iPhone 12 models will support 5G.

If so, then we’ll likely see the first 5G iPhone in September, as Apple releases new entries in its main flagship range in September each year. Having said that, the coronavirus may have slowed things down, which could mean a delay of a month or two until October or November.

But elsewhere we’ve heard that manufacturing is more or less on track, so we’re not sure what’s true right now.

It’s worth noting though that the presence of 5G in 2020’s iPhone models is just a rumor for now. it’s very, very likely, but not guaranteed, so there’s an outside chance we’ll be waiting until 2021.

Below, we explain why Apple hasn’t already launched a 5G phone.

The argument against 5G
That word ‘arguably’ is important. Apple can make a believable argument that now is not the right time for iPhones to go 5G, using the same angles it has mined since the first iPhone generations.

Namely, Apple introduces features when it can make them smooth and seamless. It likes to guarantee a certain quality of experience. While you rarely get the sense of being a beta tester guinea pig with Androids these days, that was not always the case.

Apple did not mention 5G at its latest iPhone launch. But if Tim Cook had mustered some of that old cocksure Steve Jobs swagger and said something like “5G isn’t good enough for our iPhones yet”, we wouldn’t entirely disagree. Even if we would not for a second believe this was the real reasoning.

We at TechRadar have tested a bunch of different 5G services across several major metropolitan areas, including London and New York, to see how well it works. And the reality is very similar between countries.

5G is here, but it’s not always great (Image credit: Shutterstock)
5G can be great, but it appears in such fleeting patches across cities that looking for it can start to seem like prospecting for gold. Even when a 5G phone says it has a 5G signal, it’s no guarantee you’ll get 5G speeds.

If you spent 1,500 pounds or dollars on a 5G iPhone and found you only got the speeds all the adverts told you about when you stood at that one bus stop, would you be happy? Of course not.

This becomes a convenient unspoken excuse for the lack of a 5G iPhone. But it is likely not the primary reason we don’t have one. That 5G is a bit of a work-in-progress mess is what stopped this from being a disaster in September 2019. But nothing more.

So what’s the real reason?

The turmoil behind the scenes
“Apple has always been late to adopt any leading technology into its offerings if it is not developed in-house. However, with 5G adoption there were additional reasons,” says Neil Shah of Counterpoint Research.

“The complexity associated with integrating 5G from RF Front End perspective is very high and Apple’s failed attempt to do that with Intel modems and its spat with Qualcomm until April set back Apple at least by 12-14 months to integrate the 5G capability compared to rivals.”

Don’t worry if those two sentences make you feel a bit lost or confused. Neil is a super-smart analyst entrenched in the workings of the big phone tech companies, so there’s a lot to unpack.

Most of today’s 5G phones use a 5G modem called the Snapdragon X50 or Snapdragon X55. And most have a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset too.

Apple tried to switch to Intel modems instead of Qualcomm ones in the 2018 generation of iPhones. It used an Intel XMM 7560 modem in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, following an Apple-Qualcomm ruckus that goes back years.

Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion in 2017, claiming the company was charging unfair royalties, which it had to pay for every iPhone produced. Qualcomm counter-sued, claiming Apple gave trade secrets away to Intel, which Apple was trying to mold into a workable (and presumably cheaper) modem-producing alternative.

As Shah says, Apple failed to make Intel’s 5G modem chips function in the context of an iPhone, most likely aging some engineers rather badly in the process.

Apple was in a heated fight with the leading light of 5G, trying to do what it always does: ‘owning’ the tech in its phones. But the whole situation seemingly deflated entirely in April 2019.

The Beauty In You

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Love is simple and pure, but relationships are another story. Love is not overcomplicated, full of drama and turmoil. True love is experienced by mature people, who chase love in itself, while drama is reserved for immature individuals, who are only interested in a good story.

Yet, a successful relationship cannot be based on love only. It requires respect, trust, understanding, care, mutual interests, and similar goals in life.

A mature relationship has a bright future, which is not the case with an immature one.

Here are eight differences between mature and immature relationships:

1. Mature relationships are strong and passionate, so they do not peter out

2. Mature relationships do not require validation, as they are founded on comfort and trust, while immature ones are consumed by insecurity and doubts
3. Mature couples are not preoccupated with timelines and do not allow cultural norms to affect their decisions about important things. People in love allow things to happen at their own pace and trust their instincts.

4. In a mature relationship, partners solve their problems face to face, instead of spending their days bickering over a screen

5. No one can come between partners in a mature relationship, while immature relationships are endangered by various outside factors
6. Mature relationships do not make you feel empty, while an immature one will always make you feel like you are missing something
7. Partners in a mature relationship are already developed, and they respect individuality, while immature ones aim to achieve completeness in the relationship

8. Immature relationships dwell on the past. Mature partners are not worried about each other’s past, they are focused on the present moment and the future they will spend together. Mature couples do not feel threatened by anybody.

A healthy and strong relationship is based on mature love. Mature love exists without question of motive or condition, it trusts, accepts, respects, waits, and forgives.




On the other hand, immature couples are jealous, afraid, impatient, intolerant to mistakes, demanding and needy, and insincere.

KFC Has Launched An 80-Piece Popcorn Chicken Bucket For £5.99

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KFC fans – and, more importantly, popcorn chicken fans – will be delighted to know the fast food chain has introduced a bucket full to the brim with 80 pieces of the fried bites.

According to the website, the popcorn chicken bucket will only be available until 22 March 2020 and it will set you back just £5.99 – what a bargain.

This comes after KFC trialled the sharing bucket back in October across ten stores in Glasgow, Scotland.

The only caveat is that you must be signed up to the KFC app and the loyalty scheme – the Colonel’s Club – to get your hands on the bucket (which is recommended to be shared between four people).

SIGN. ME. UP.

Once you sign up on the app, you’ve got two options – you can either get the bucket alone (for £5.99) or you can get the bucket with two large sides for £8.48.

The large sides to choose from include: fries, gravy, beans, coleslaw, two corn cobs, creamy mash, garden salad, southern rice or a 1.5 litre bottle of pop.

It’s safe to say KFC fans are a little excited, one wrote: “So I drove past an advertising board earlier that said KFC are doing an 80 piece popcorn chicken bucket for £5.99 and I think I died and went to heaven.”

Another added: “Four people? Ha! Is that a challenge?” Looks like it might just be.

Alternatively, if the chicken part of the popcorn chicken bucket isn’t your thing, you can always order the KFC Vegan Burger which is now available in every branch.

Made of Quorn-based vegan ‘chicken’, the burger includes all of the usual and oh so famous 11 herbs and spices (the ones that have been going strong since 1952).

The traditional mayonnaise in the chicken counterpart will be replaced with a vegan version and the iceberg lettuce will remain the same (obviously).

Ira Dubinsky, from KFC UK and Ireland, told Metro: “The Colonel was all about welcoming everyone to his table – now vegans, flexitarians and our fried chicken fans can all enjoy the taste of our Original Recipe together.

“We’ve worked hard to perfect the flavour and make a Vegan Burger the Colonel would be proud of. It’s the flavour of KFC, just with zero chicken.”

Featured Image Credit: KFC

You’re Allowed to Have a Baby After 35

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Women who conceive after the age of 35 are often known and referred to as an “advanced maternal age”. If you haven’t heard this medical term before, you’ve likely heard that “waiting too long to have a baby is risky.”

Why are women now waiting until they are in their 30’s or 40’s to start a family? There is not one answer to this question, as there are plenty of reasons why motherhood is now taking place at a later stage in life. It takes time to build a career, create a home, find a healthy relationship and secure a stable financial status; These values are all important to those who are looking to start a family.


Pregnancy over the age of 35 has always been remarked as ‘dangerous and risky’. However, it’s not like everything is fine at 34 and then something magically switches at 35.

Now science is finally coming around to the fact that having a baby after 35 can be beneficial, and it shouldn’t be considered as a deterrent for healthy women.

Compared to a couple of decades ago, there’s been quite a change. Birth rates for women in the 35 to 39 age group have skyrocketed since the 1970s. Typically women in their 30’s and 40’s are generally healthy enough to conceive and The National Center for Health Statistics says that this is now the fastest-growing group of women who are now having children.

Even in the media, we are seeing more and more women announce pregnancies after the age of 35. Carrie Underwood has recently announced a pregnancy at the age of 35, Halle Berry had her first child at 41 and her second at 47, and the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, announced her first pregnancy at the age of 37.

No matter the age or stage of life, having a baby can be a little scary, regardless. However medically speaking, it’s not unusual anymore for women to wait a little later to start or continue a family, and in many cases – it isn’t even more difficult.

There are many ongoing studies on this subject, one particular study in the New England Cenenarian found that having a baby later in life can actually help you to live longer. Another research paper called Feeling Old vs. Being Old has found that having a baby when you’re older may help you to live a happier and more carefree life.

Raising a baby also does wonders for the adult brain, a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shares how teaching and watching your baby learn and grow has been shown to improve your own memory, mental reasoning, and problem-solving skills, all of which keep your brain sharp.





So if you’re inching closer to 35 or 40 and you haven’t started a family yet… Try not to stress. You can still achieve a healthy pregnancy in this ‘advanced maternal age’.

Science confirms that conceiving at a later stage in life is not only doable, but the experience may even come with added benefits. Keep your body healthy and focus on building the life you want, you’re allowed to have a baby after 35.

Dermatologists Explain Why You Should Never Pop Pimples

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It’s hard to resist the urge to pop pimples when they appear–usually at the most inopportune times. However, dermatologists warn that this is a wrong move for an acne outbreak.

For those who may not already be aware, the skin is the body’s largest organ. It also protects us against changes in temperature, micro-organisms, radiation, chemicals, and much more. And while it does an excellent job in safeguarding our health and overall wellbeing, the skin is unfortunately prone to acne and other blemishes. Although skin imperfections are not the end of the world, they can quickly take a toll on one’s self-esteem.

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It’s hard to resist the urge to pop pimples when they appear–usually at the most inopportune times. However, dermatologists warn that this is a wrong move for an acne outbreak.

For those who may not already be aware, the skin is the body’s largest organ. It also protects us against changes in temperature, micro-organisms, radiation, chemicals, and much more. And while it does an excellent job in safeguarding our health and overall wellbeing, the skin is unfortunately prone to acne and other blemishes. Although skin imperfections are not the end of the world, they can quickly take a toll on one’s self-esteem.

As such, when it comes to pimples, specifically, many individuals often try to pop them so that they don’t appear as prominent. And this may seem like a good idea at the time. However, there are many reasons why you should curb the urge to pop pimples, also commonly referred to as acne.

So in this article, we will take a closer look at what happens when you pop pimples and also what you should consider doing as an alternative.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR SKIN WHEN YOU POP PIMPLES?
When it comes to pimples, there is a whole lot more to them than what we see when we look in the mirror. The small raised bumps that we consider unsightly are called pustules, and they contain dirt, oil, and other bacteria. The primary role of these pustules is to isolate and prevent these contaminants from affecting other parts of the skin. If you pop your pimples, the dirt, oil, and other bacteria in the pustules will ooze out, which will reduce the size of the pimple; however, the downside is that these contaminants often seep into other pores in your skin.

In the end, you will likely end up with more pimples than you originally started with in the first place. What’s more, oils, dirt, and bacteria can also transfer from your fingers to the pores in your skin. If this happens, it can lead to scarring as well as infections. In short, popping your pimples will significantly impact your skin’s health and appearance.

HOW TO GET RID OF PIMPLES WITHOUT POPPING THEM
Having detailed the consequences associated with popping pimples, let’s turn our attention toward getting rid of them without making matters worse. And yes, it is possible. Some of the more time-proven at-home remedies include the following:

TEA TREE OIL
Extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia, a tree native to Australia, tea tree oil is an excellent at-home treatment for pesky acne. According to information published by Healthline, an online consumer health information resource, tea tree oil is effective in combating cutibacterium acnes and staphylococcus epidermidis. It is important to note that these two forms of bacteria are the leading cause of skin inflammation and pimples. A separate study published by the National Institutes of Health revealed that 5 percent of tea tree oil is just as effective in reducing acne as over-the-counter treatments that contain 5 percent benzoyl peroxide. Even more than that, study participants who used tea tree oil to combat acne experienced fewer side effects, such as burning, dryness, and irritation, compared to those who used benzoyl peroxide.

HOW TO USE TEA TREE OIL TO HEAL PIMPLES
Having established the fact that tea tree oil is a safe and effective way to resolve pimples, let’s take a look at the steps you will have to take to get the most out of this at-home remedy:

Mix together 1 part tea tree oil and nine parts of water.
Apply a small amount of the mixture to a clean cloth or cotton swab before applying it to your pimples.
Repeat this process once or twice per day until your pimples have gone away.
If you have sensitive skin that is prone to dryness, it may be a good idea to use a moisturizer after applying tea tree oil to your pimples.
Along with tea tree oil, rose, lavender, clove, and several other essential oils are also effective at resolving pimples.

GREEN TEA
Along with providing numerous health benefits, green tea can also help reduce pimples due to its antioxidant properties. The same study published by the National Institutes of Health revealed that green tea not only combats inflammation but also impedes the production of sebum and cutibacterium acnes, both of which can contribute to problem skin.

HOW TO USE GREEN TEA TO AVOID THE NEED TO POP PIMPLES
To get the most out of using green tea on your pimples, you will want to do the following:

Prepare the tea according to the packaging instructions and allow it to cool.
Using a clean cloth, cotton balls, or a spritzer bottle, apply the tea to your pimples.
Allow the tea to remain on your skin for about 10 minutes before washing your face.
Repeat this process once or twice per day until your pimples have gone away.
Much like essential oils, if you are prone to dry skin, it would be a good idea to use a moisturizer after washing the green tea off of your skin.

ALOE VERA
Using all-natural Aloe Vera is yet another great way to reduce acne without further irritating your skin. Similar to many of the other at-home remedies detailed in this article, Aloe Vera is useful when it comes to fighting the bacteria and reducing inflammation that causes pimples and other skin problems. And unlike when you pop pimples, Aloe Vera won’t cause scarring or infections as you work toward achieving blemish-free skin. Aloe Vera gel, which contains lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamic acid, phenols, and sulfur, helps fight off bacteria that would otherwise give way to pimples.

HOW TO USE ALOE VERA TO REDUCE YOUR PIMPLES
To get the most out of using Aloe Vera on your pimples, you will want to do the following:

Scrape a spoonful of Aloe Vera gel from the leaves of an Aloe Vera plant.
For best results, consider combining Aloe Vera with another acne treatment of your choice as doing so will help boost the anti-acne effects.
Repeat this process once or twice per day until your pimples have gone away.

WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER SEEING A PHYSICIAN?
If you have tried the at-home remedies detailed in this article and find that you’re still struggling with pimples, it would be a good idea to be seen by a physician, preferably a dermatologist. Although it may contradict the information in this article, a dermatologist will pop pimples to reduce their size and improve the health of your skin. However, they do so without further damaging the skin.

To treat pimples, a dermatologist will wear gloves to help minimize the risk of infecting the skin. They will then lance the bump using a sterile needle before removing the dirt, oil, and other bacteria with a comedone extractor. For those who are unfamiliar with them, comedone extractors are small metal tools that can force out the contents of a pustule without damaging the surrounding skin. Depending on the type of pimples a patient has, physicians will use one of the following comedone extractors:

Angled loop
Flat loop
Lancet
Small loop
Spoon extractor
HOW TO LOWER YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING PIMPLES
The best way to avoid feeling tempted to pop pimples is by taking steps to reduce your chances of developing them. Some of the things that you can do to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free include

LIMITING DAIRY INTAKE
Some research indicates that individuals who consume large amounts of milk, cheese, and other dairy products are more likely to develop pimples than those who do not.

MINIMIZING STRESS
Not surprisingly, stress can take a toll on your mental health; however, it can also affect your skin and overall physical health as well. Studies show that there is a definite correlation between high-stress levels and pimples. That said, it is a good idea to find ways to keep stress to a minimum by taking calming baths, exercising, or meditating.





WASHING YOUR HANDS
Considering how many times we touch our face with our hands, it is a good idea to keep them clean. After all, regular hand washing can significantly lower the risk of transferring oil, dirt, and bacteria from your hands to your face, which can lead to clogged pores and pimples.

Although there are other things that you can do to minimize your chances of getting pimples, those listed in this article are the ones frequently recommended by dermatologists.

Furthermore, should you decide to pop pimples despite your new knowledge, you should wash your hands before doing so!

BOTTOM LINE ON CURBING THE URGE TO POP PIMPLES
In summary, it is never a good idea to pop pimples as doing so can do more harm than good. Instead, you should follow the recommendations in this article for effective at-home treatments that will help you get rid of them. Of course, if you’re struggling with severe or stubborn pimples, it would be in your best interest to schedule an appointment with a general physician or dermatologist.

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