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Should I use bobby pin or fingernails to pop pimples?

Should I use bobby pin or fingernails to pop pimples?

Neither: Never ever pop pimples. You can get infected causing a rash. Worse, you will regret it for years to come when you have scars all over your face. ...Read more

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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I have white bumps on the back of my throat. They seem like a pimple. I can pop them with my finger nail. What could this be?

I have white bumps on the back of my throat.  They seem like a pimple.  I can pop them with my finger nail. What could this be?

Tonsilliths?: This sounds like tonsilliths. The only permanent cure is tonsillectomy, however, one safe way to get them out if they hurt is to use a water pick. ...Read more

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Popping pimples make them red? How to calm my skin

Popping pimples make them red? How to calm my skin

Pimples: Don't pop them--it just makes your skin red and can leave scars. See your doctor for a treatment to proven them. ...Read more

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Can popping pimples lead to flesh- eating disease?

Can popping pimples lead to flesh- eating disease?

Unlikely: The so-called flesh eating disease is a bacterial infection caused by an aggressive staphlycoccus organism which usuallly infects deeply into the skin and deeper tissues. It is fortunately not very common. However, it is not a good idea to "pop" pimples as this can cause the infection and inflammation to spread. ...Read more

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My cheek got big and swollen after popping my pimple my face looks like someone punch it?

My cheek got big and swollen after popping my pimple my face looks like someone punch it?

Infection/cellulitis: See a physician immediayely and never pop a facial pimple!-you may have a facial skin infection ( cellulitis) which requires immediate medical attention- call for an appointment today. ...Read more

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I have a hole above my lip from popping a pimple . I was wondering if I could get it fixed.

I have a hole above my lip from popping a pimple . I was wondering if I could get it fixed.

Scar Revision: All scars can be revised, some with excellent results while others improve. There are variety of treatment options for depressed or ice-pick scars such as micro-excision with closure which will produce minimal and least noticeable scar. ...Read more

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Tried popping a pimple and it scabbed and now there is a red bump that cannot be popped. What is it and what should I do?

Tried popping a pimple and it scabbed and now there is a red bump that cannot be popped. What is it and what should I do?

Nothing: Leave it alone! don't pop it or do anything to it. It will scab over and when the new skin grows, the scab will fall off. Otherwise, you will create a permanent scar and infect the pimple. Never pop pimples. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...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