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Is it safe to pop pimples?

No, it is generally not safe to pop pimples. Popping pimples can have several negative effects on your skin, including:

  • Increased inflammation: Squeezing a pimple can cause further inflammation and redness, leading to a more noticeable and persistent pimple.
  • Spread of bacteria: Popping a pimple can introduce bacteria from your fingers into the pimple, increasing the risk of infection and spreading bacteria to other parts of your face.
  • Scarring: Squeezing a pimple can cause damage to the skin, leading to scarring. This can be especially true if you have a deep or cystic pimple that is difficult to extract.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Popping a pimple can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is a darkening of the skin in the area where the pimple was.

Instead of popping a pimple, it's best to leave it alone and let it heal on its own. You can apply a warm compress to the area to help reduce inflammation and use a gentle, non-drying cleanser to keep the area clean.

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