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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)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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

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Can the skin around a zit get infected from popping it?

Can the skin around a zit get infected from popping it?

Very rarely: Zits actually represent the body's response to a superficial skin infection. The whitehead is pus and is composed of white blood cells and bacteria. Popping the pimple drains the pus. Rarely, bacteria can translocate to the local blood or lymphatics and cause a more serious infection but this usually only happens in people with severely altered immune systems. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the skin around a zit to get infected from popping/trying to pop a zit?

Is it possible for the skin around a zit to get infected from popping/trying to pop a zit?

Yes: If you squeeze a pimple and instead of getting the pus to come out it ruptures into your subcutaneous tissues it can cause a cellulitis or abscess and in some circumstances an even more serious infection of cavernous sinus thrombosis. ...Read more

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How to get rid of zits fast without popping?

Prescriptions: Many topical prescription creams help diminish acne blemishes overnight. Getting on a program to use salicylic face wash, topical meds, laser acne care, avoiding sun and sweating, prescription pills, and not picking will increase your chances of staying rid of acne. ...Read more

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I have this zit on my scalp which never goes away and it keeps popping every few days and I had it for few months now?

I have this zit on my scalp which never goes away and it keeps popping every few days and I had it for few months now?

Have it cultured.: It may be nothing, but it also may be a bacteria that is resistant or deep enough in the pore to escape expungement. I would recommend having it cultured to make sure that it is not a bacteria that would require antibitoics. Hibacleanse is an over the counter topical cleansing agent that is strong enough to kill staph, you could also try that for a few weeks in the area that is affected. ...Read more

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I'm 27, I've got kinda streched and bumped skin on my forehead, due to bad habit of streching it and popping zits for a few months, can it recover?

I'm 27, I've got kinda streched and bumped skin on my forehead, due to bad habit of streching it and popping zits for a few months, can it recover?

Skin ?'s: you can see a cosmetic dermatologist. You might think about dermabrasion as one approach. Also, Botox but that involves continuing doctor visits. ...Read more

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Tried popping a little zit but nothing came out and I woke up with my whole jaw swollen and it hurts. How can I bring the swelling down?

Tried popping a little zit but nothing came out and I woke up with my whole jaw swollen and it hurts. How can I bring the swelling down?

A problem.: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them, but spreading redness/swelling/and / or warmth implies infection that is out of control, needs treatment and is quite dangerous. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more