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How to pop a pimple without destroying your skin

INSIDER Logo By Maddy Sims of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 6:  Squeezing your own zits comes with a lot of potentially bad consequences, so it's better to only do so if it's an emergency, said Jennifer Kitchin, a New York-based dermatologist. "Picking and popping your pimples puts you at risk for scarring and infection, and is not a smart solution for your acne," she said. "See your board certified dermatologist for a personalized acne treatment regimen, so that you will have treatments at your fingertips to both treat and prevent acne breakouts." Focus on mitigating inflammation, said Avnee Shah, a dermatologist in New Jersey. "The pressure you put on a pimple may cause puss to come out, but it usually causes intense inflammation at the bottom as well - which tends to leave behind a red or brown spot," she said. "The less inflammation caused, the better the spot will heal."

Be aware of the risks.

Squeezing your own zits comes with a lot of potentially bad consequences, so it's better to only do so if it's an emergency, said Jennifer Kitchin, a New York-based dermatologist. "Picking and popping your pimples puts you at risk for scarring and infection, and is not a smart solution for your acne," she said. "See your board certified dermatologist for a personalized acne treatment regimen, so that you will have treatments at your fingertips to both treat and prevent acne breakouts."

Focus on mitigating inflammation, said Avnee Shah, a dermatologist in New Jersey. "The pressure you put on a pimple may cause puss to come out, but it usually causes intense inflammation at the bottom as well - which tends to leave behind a red or brown spot," she said. "The less inflammation caused, the better the spot will heal."

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