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A 18-year-old female asked:

i just popped my whitehead with cotton swabs then i used bp 5% a few hours later it turned so red and the pores surround it too. was i wrong using bp?

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Dr. Jay Bayer
Family Medicine 51 years experience
Pop goes zig: Popping zits traumatized skin which is already inflammed. There are comedones extractors. Adding BP which often irritates skin not great move. Talk to professional on comedones extraction, and when do it. In some cases, the abnormal force on such lesions could evan force bacteria into skin layers, ending up in cellulitis.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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