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Should I Pop My Pimple?

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Can I pop a pimple if I can see the white part?
- Dan*

It's tempting, but popping or squeezing a pimple won't necessarily get rid of the problem. Squeezing can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. Squeezing also can lead to scabs and might 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 find these over-the-counter treatments at most drugstores, grocery stores, and other stores that sell skin-care products.

If you're concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist.

Reviewed by: Patrice Hyde, MD
Date reviewed: February 2013

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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