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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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?
Hey I have acne on my face. It started out with me popping one zit and then I got more and they got bigger and I started popping those and now I have ?
Stop: Try not to pop zits - this can lead to serious infections. Most important thing is to wash ur face at least 2x/d. If necessary pls see a dermatologists. ...Read more
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
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