There’s a reason why Dr. Pimple Popper’ssickly satisfying videoshave racked up millions of views: Pimple popping feels freaking great. Yes, yes, youknowit’s not good for your skin but getting rid of those suckers just feelsSo. Damn. Good. Even when you have the best intentions for leaving it alone, there it is every time you look in the mirror, taunting you, just daring you to give it a little squeeze. Of course, there will be the pesky red mark that lasts for weeks after, but you can’t think about that now. You’re in pursuit of the pimple popping high.
“When performed properly, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can be a recipe for disaster,”Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, tellsAllure. Allow us to deflate your destructive habit with some facts.
1. You’re preventing your body from healing
Acne is your body’s response to blocked pores and bacteria — that bump means your bod is doing something about it. “If you think of pimples as areas of skin where your body is trying to heal itself, it should deter the urge to pick,”Erin Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Vichy consulting dermatologist and celebrity skin expert, tellsAllure.
2. You’ll tear your skin
“When you pop a pimple, you are forcefully pushing the contents — bacteria, oil, debris — of the acne bump out,”Sejal Shah, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, tellsAllure. To do that, you actually tear the skin. So best case scenario, you’re left with an open wound instead of a bump.
3. You might make the pimple worse
Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and oil down even further into the skin leading to an even larger pimple.