You know it’s a bad idea to pop your pimples. Dermatologists say so. “If the inflamed or infected material”—i.e., the pimple pus—“is not easily extruded with a little pressure, you could force it deep and spread the extent of the inflammation, and even cause permanent scarring and pitting of the skin,” says Dr. Michael Olding, a dermatologist and chief of plastic surgery at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
But despite these warnings, many find it hard to resist evicting the unsightly little squatters that set up shop in their skin. One dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee, has even made a social media career out of the obsession. As “Dr. Pimple Popper,” she extracts blackheads, whiteheads and cysts in YouTube clips that have garnered tens of millions of views. (This year, she even got her own TV show on TLC.)
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