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Why You Should Never, Ever Pop a Pimple in The 'Danger Triangle'

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 10/11/2017 Sam Benson Smith

© Zoonar RF/Getty Images Although it’s not the ideal way to treat the blemish, there is a time for pimple popping. It’s a process of patience and if you jump the gun too soon, you’ll be left with your skin even more irritated and red, and no one wants that. But no matter the timing, there is one area you always need to avoid when it comes to eradicating acne by popping, according to experts.

Whatever you do, never pop a pimple in the so-called 'danger triangle,' a region which reaches from the corners of your mouth to the bridge of your nose. This reason for avoiding pimple-popping in this region has to do with infection risk, which is significantly higher in this area due to a concentration of veins which lead back to your the cavernous sinus region of your brain.

'If there were a serious skin infection in this area that went untreated, and then subsequently tracked back to the brain, it could theoretically prove fatal,' Dr. Jeremy Brauer, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, tells Men’s Health.  

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An infection from a popped pimple in this region is easily treatable with antibiotics, so if you suspect you’re developing one, don’t fret. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, drainage, bleeding, and continued development of pus. If these symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

[Source: Men’s Health]

If you must pop, do it right: Leave the <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/beauty/how-to-pop-a-pimple/">pimple popping</a> to the pros. Doing it yourself could make the swelling worse or lead to scarring, says board-certified dermatologist <a href="http://www.drpimplepopper.com/">Sandra 'Dr. Pimple Popper' Lee, MD</a>. 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.' Dr. Pimple Popper Reveals the 9 Acne-Fighting Rules Everyone Should Memorize

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