Should I Pop My Pimple?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswersRev-enHD-AR1.jpgIt's tempting, but should you pop that pimple? Find out.acne, pimples, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, cystic acne, acne vulgaris, pores, sebaceous glands, sebum, clogging, hormones, oil, noncomedogenic, nonacnegenic, self-images, dermatologists, does the food i eat cause acne, bacteria, washing my face, scabs, scarring, breakouts, my period, smoking, stress03/22/200010/05/201810/05/2018Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD10/01/2018c3836b88-675f-4034-9c8a-7e145796099dhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/popzit.html/<p><em>Can I pop a pimple if I can see the white part?<br /> </em>– <em>Dan*</em></p> <p>It's tempting, but popping or squeezing a pimple won't necessarily get rid of the problem. Squeezing can push bacteria and pus deeper into the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a>, which might cause more swelling and redness. Squeezing also can lead to scabs and might leave you with permanent pits or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/acne-scars.html/">scars</a>.</p> <p>Because popping isn't the way to go, patience is the key. Your pimple will disappear on its own, and by leaving it alone you're less likely to be left with any reminders that it was there.</p> <p>To dry a pimple up faster, apply 5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream once or twice a day. You can find these over-the-counter treatments at most drugstores, grocery stores, and other stores that sell <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/skin-tips.html/">skin-care</a> products.</p> <p>If you're concerned about <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/acne.html/">acne</a>, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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