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Why Pimple-Popping is a No-No

acneAcne can have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem no matter how old you are. There are several ways in which acne may appear on the skin. Blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cysts beneath the skin all carry the risk of scarring. For this reason, they should not be picked at or "popped."

What you may Want to do . . .

It's only natural to be tempted to address a pimple with a quick pop or scratch. However, this is contrary to what is really needed to heal the skin. Acne in and of itself can be hard enough. The last thing you want is to have to live with the remnants of breakouts should scarring occur. When you squeeze a pimple and it bursts, the contents may spill out in more ways than one. While pus and oil may seem to exit only the surface of the blocked pore, there is also a chance that bacteria and toxins seep into surrounding tissue, or deeper into the affected pore.

What you Need to do . . .

Acne can be a persistent and alarming problem. Your dermatologist shares your goal: to eradicate acne blemishes as quickly as possible. Sometimes, this can be accomplished with a gentle over-the-counter face wash or ointment. However, this is not always the case. The salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that is in most acne formulations may, in some patients, cause further irritation.

If you or a loved one has acne, and commercial products do not produce positive results within a few weeks, seek help from an experienced dermatologist. Our staff understands the emotional toll that may stem from chronic breakouts, as well as the risk of scarring. We work with our patients to determine the type and severity of their acne. From a thorough consultation and examination, we can establish a healthy skin care routine for home, and compliment that with professional light, laser, or prescription treatments as needed.


  • One pimple can turn into three if you pick and pop.
  • Dirt and bacteria travel from your hands to your face, so try not to touch.
  • Use a gentle cleanser on a daily basis. Harsh ingredients or aggressive technique can further irritate inflamed skin.

The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center has three offices to serve you. Call 610-594-6660.

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