Is Popping Pimples Bad for Skin?

Posted by Lisa Phillips on May 17, 2010 0 Comments


Yes, it is. A common pimple is inflamed skin when a pore becomes enlarged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. When you squeeze a pimple, you may accidentally force the debris from the pore deeper into hair follicles. This can lead to the debris entering the dermis (the innermost section of the skin).

You run the risk of scarring if you pick at or "pop" your pimples. Do not be fooled if you are able to coax pus and debris from the pore opening. Infected debris may still be entering the dermis from below. Squeezing a pimple can lead to a hard and painful blemish deep within the skin or a cyst. Picking at pimples can spread infection, and ultimately cause more acne. Clearly a hands-off policy is the best choice when it comes to your skin.

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