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Should I pop my zits?

Should I pop my zits?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Should i pop pimples?

Should i pop pimples?

The correct answer: Is no, but everyone does it. Sometimes popping them will cause them to burst under the skin and create a cyst-which can last for weeks or more. Blackheads can be removed with a comedone extractor, that you can purchase at a drug store. White heads, usually can be emptied without much pressure. Red or tender pimples should probably be left alone until they "come to a head.". ...Read more

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How do I pop pimples on my shoulder?

How do I pop pimples on my shoulder?

Pimple popping?: Never pop pimples. You could get bad skin infection from popping pimples. You could apply warm compresses over the acne if you have cystic acne so that they pop own thier own and drain. If you have bad pimples see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Should i pop my blood blister?

Should i pop my blood blister?

It may help: Sterilizing a needle by fire and piercing a blood blister may help relieve pressure and pain. That said, if there are any questions, you should visit a medical professional. Also, do not remove a blister entirely, as blisters can protect raw skin. ...Read more

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What should I do I popped a boil on my face?

What should I do I popped a boil on my face?

Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria to form an abscess (collection of pus/infection). When this happens, you may need to see a medical provider who may need to prescribe you antibiotics or incise and drain the abscess. Some home remedies may include a warm compress and ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Why do I have zits on my elbow?

Why do I have zits on my elbow?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I do with a big pimple? Do i pop it?

What should I do with a big pimple? Do i pop it?

Not recommended: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How can I clear my acne if i've already popped my zits?

How can I clear my acne if i've already popped my zits?

Tretinoin : First, clean though and put some ointment. And then, tretinoin and hydroquinone helps the healing and lightening the pigmentation. ...Read more

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Why do I get pimples with pus on my face?

Why do I get pimples with pus on my face?

Probably acne: Especially since you indicate you are a 19 year old man, you can expect some acne on your face. It's part of the changes through which your body goes in becoming a man. Anyone who tells you it is your fault, or that you should not accept scientific treatment, is giving you disinformation. Most acne can be treated by any licensed physician and hard cases respond to dermatologist treatment. ...Read more

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Can I pop my stye if so how do I pop it? Thanks!

Can I pop my stye if so how do I pop it? Thanks!

Don't pop.Can lead: to infection.Use a microwaved wash rag(not to hot) and apply several times a day.Wash lids with baby shampoo when bathing.If doesn't go away in a few wks,then see eye MD. ...Read more

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I just hurt my knee and heard a loud pop. What should I do?

I just hurt my knee and heard a loud pop. What should I do?

Agreed as the : Pneumonic goes rice. Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Nsaids or tylenol (acetaminophen) may be helpful if symptoms warrant. If it doesn't improve in 3-5 days or if you are having pain or mechanical symptoms such as locking or buckling at the knee, you may need imaging studies (x-ray's MRI or both) and may require physical therapy or surgery. ...Read more

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Why do I get acne dark spots even if I don't pop my pimpels?

Why do I get acne dark spots even if I don't pop my pimpels?

Likely ..: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Acne is an inflammatory condition and in predisposed individuals it leads to increased pigment in the two major layers of the skin(dermis and epidermis) through two different mechanisms. At least it does fade with time, though not always completely away. There are options from treatment and if you are interested seek in the input of a dermatologist. Good luck ...Read more

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What should I do about little scars that I have from poping acne, whiteheads, and blackheads?

What should I do about little scars that I have from poping acne, whiteheads, and blackheads?

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. In meantime stop picking, and consider silicone with sunscreen, and avoid tobacco use. ...Read more

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Should I pop the pimples I have cause they itch?

Should I pop the pimples I have  cause they itch?

No: Popping pimples leads to bigger scars and you risk forcing the bacteria into your circulation and causing systemic infection. Visit this site for home treatment for acne: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment
Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, and get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!
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Why do I have hairs popping up on my breasts?

Why do I have hairs popping up on my breasts?

Hair: Some people are more likely to experience this than others... It may be due to a family trait or an excess of testosterone in your body... This can be treated with plucking, waxing, if severe there is the option of electrolysis, and there are some cremes that work for a short period of time. ...Read more

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Should I pop my zits?

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. ...Read more

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How to get the junk out of a huge zit fast without popping it?!

How to get the junk out of a huge zit fast without popping it?!

See a dermatologist: A large zit is usually an acne cyst. The best way to get rid of it without a scar is having it injected with a low dose solution of cortisone that does not get into your bloodstream. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more