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Should i pop my zits?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
No: No, definitely not. Though popping a pimple may make it less noticeable temporarily, you can cause it to stay around longer. By squeezing pimples, you can actually push bacteria further into the skin, increasing the swelling and redness. In fact, more damage can be done to the skin by picking and squeezing than by the acne process itself. Picking and squeezing almost always leads to scarring.
Dr. Roger Friedman
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
No: You should see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. If you attempt to do this on your own, you may end up with significant scarring.

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