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Can I get acne scars from popping whiteheads?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Picking at your skin can cause acne scarring and should be avoided.
Wash with a good soap designed specfically for the face. Use a good face moisturizer. Over the counter products like benzoyl peroxide are a good start to treat acne. If your acne is more severe or if there are nodules present you should consider seeing a dermatologist.

In brief: Yes

Picking at your skin can cause acne scarring and should be avoided.
Wash with a good soap designed specfically for the face. Use a good face moisturizer. Over the counter products like benzoyl peroxide are a good start to treat acne. If your acne is more severe or if there are nodules present you should consider seeing a dermatologist.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Possible

Yes scarring can result.

In brief: Possible

Yes scarring can result.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. George Yang
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Maybe, probably not

Unlikely if it is a true whitehead or blackhead.
Sometimes a hair follicle, pore, sweat gland, or small piece of fat can mimic a whitehead. If you squeeze that out, it could leave a scar.

In brief: Maybe, probably not

Unlikely if it is a true whitehead or blackhead.
Sometimes a hair follicle, pore, sweat gland, or small piece of fat can mimic a whitehead. If you squeeze that out, it could leave a scar.
Dr. George Yang
Dr. George Yang
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Scars not acne

You may get scars but not acne from popping whiteheads.

In brief: Scars not acne

You may get scars but not acne from popping whiteheads.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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