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Dr. Pimple Popper Reveals the 9 Acne-Fighting Rules Everyone Should Memorize

Best Health Logo By Marissa Laliberte of Best Health | Slide 1 of 9: Leave the pimple popping to the pros. Doing it yourself could make the swelling worse or lead to scarring, says board-certified dermatologist Sandra 'Dr. Pimple Popper' Lee, MD. If you can’t resist, follow Dr. Lee’s mantra: 'Know when to pop and know when to stop.' Messing with the red zits deep under the skin will only leave them even more inflamed. Wait until your pimple has come to a head, with a white center, or apply a warm compress to speed the process along, says Dr. Lee. When you’re ready to attack that sucker, start by washing your face and hands, and sterilize the pin with rubbing alcohol. Squeeze the pimple from all directions. The white and a bit of red will start to come out, but try not to overdo it, warns Dr. Lee. 'The more you push, the more swelling you have,' she says. 'But if you can, get all the pustules out.'

If you must pop, do it right

Leave the pimple popping to the pros. Doing it yourself could make the swelling worse or lead to scarring, says board-certified dermatologist Sandra 'Dr. Pimple Popper' Lee, MD. If you can’t resist, follow Dr. Lee’s mantra: 'Know when to pop and know when to stop.' Messing with the red zits deep under the skin will only leave them even more inflamed. Wait until your pimple has come to a head, with a white center, or apply a warm compress to speed the process along, says Dr. Lee. When you’re ready to attack that sucker, start by washing your face and hands, and sterilize the pin with rubbing alcohol. Squeeze the pimple from all directions. The white and a bit of red will start to come out, but try not to overdo it, warns Dr. Lee. 'The more you push, the more swelling you have,' she says. 'But if you can, get all the pustules out.'
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