Can I pop a pimple if I can see the white part?
It's tempting, but popping or squeezing a pimple won't
necessarily get rid of the problem. Squeezing can actually push
bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which can cause more
swelling and redness. Squeezing can also lead to scabs and may
leave you with permanent pits or scars.
Because popping isn't the way to go, patience is the key.
Your pimple will disappear on its own, and by leaving it alone
you're less likely to be left with any reminders that it was
there. To dry a pimple up faster, apply 5% benzoyl peroxide gel or
cream once or twice a day. You can buy this over the counter at
your local drugstore.
If you're concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a
For more information, check out these articles:
Why Do I Get Acne?
Can I Prevent Acne?
Myths About Acne
Can Acne Scars Be Removed?
Patrice Hyde, MD
Date reviewed: August 2006
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