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A 19-year-old male asked:

what happens if you pop pimples?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Popping pimples: You can spread infection and you can leave scarring.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Pimples: If you pop pimples they can become infected and they will be more likely to scar.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat the red pigmentation left behind after a pimple?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Topical agents: Try using some topical retinoids or azelaic acids to reduce the discoloration that can result from having acne. Hydroquinone may also be effective and is available in a lower strength other the counter.
A 22-year-old female asked:

What happens when you pop a pimple? And what happens when you leave it alone.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pimple popping: If you pop a pimple in the area of the face called the triangle of death (top of nose to corners of lips) infectious material can be driven into blood vessels that contact with the brain. This could have very bad consequences. Popping pimples can lead to dark spots & scarring. If you leave it alone it may come to a head a on it's own or reabsorb.
Nepal
A 17-year-old male asked:

If i popped pimples while it has yellow tip .. Wht will happen?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Don't pop: You should never pop a pimple because this can lead to an infection or scarring. Plus it worsens the appearance of it which can cause stress.
Greenwood, IN
A 17-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to pop pimples? What happens after you pop them? Thanks!

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
You decide: Pimples are more or less simple superficial wounds on your skin surface. If you manually "pop" them, you risk expanding the scarring that will occur after healing and deepening the scar.
Greenwood, IN
A 17-year-old female asked:

What happens if you pop a blind pimple? Mine is still really red and I popped it yesterday. Should I be worried? Thanks!

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ivy Fisher
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Pimple popped: It is natural to try to resolve acne. but if no discharge just leave alone and the inflammation from popping it will go away. If reddened, can apply neosporin at bedtime.

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