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Pimple Popping: 5 Types of Acne Not to Mess with

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It’s a well-known feeling. You wake up one day with an important event to go to and, unfortunately, spot a pimple front and center.

The temptation to squeeze and attempt to pop the zit can be a lot. Even though it might seem like a good idea at the moment, Dr. Natasha Cook, a dermatologist in Sydney warns against it. Popping those pimples could leave your skin permanently scarred.

Cook revealed five pimple types people need to avoid touching so as not to cause severe damage to their skin.

Milia

Milia, or so-called milk spots, often appear on your face. They are hard, stubborn bumps that can be difficult to manage.

They have no opening on the skin and are encased like a cyst.

Popping these with your hands damages the skin around the spot. The best method of getting rid of milia is to have your dermatologist break the surface with a sterile needle and squeeze the cyst out.

Cold Sores

These grotesque looking sores often occur around the mouth on the lips, nose, and chin. All these areas are, of course, hard to cover up.

Picking these small blisters could cause infection to spread to other parts of your face.

However, antiviral lotions and medications can help the symptoms as well as avoid future flare-ups.

Ingrown Hairs

Dr. Cook is insistent that picking these hairs out is not the best method to deal with them. It could even cause long-term problems.

She says it creates trauma without releasing or addressing the hair. This agitation leads to inflammation and scarring.

Instead of trying to fix things yourself, Cook suggests going to a dermatologist who should use a sterilized needle to release the ingrown hair.

Red Lumps

Red lumps or bumps on your skin, also known as sandpaper skin, often disappear with age. But what happens if you still have it well after adolescence?

Specific treatments can help alleviate the pesky lumps. Cell exfoliators or dissolving ingredients such as salicylic acid are invaluable when it comes to this type of acne.

Cystic Acne (A Deep, Painful Pimple)

Cystic acne is seen mostly in young adults and teenagers. However, this type seems to be commonly known among the public to leave alone and let it heal without agitating it to avoid trauma scarring.

These are way too deep to reach and picking at them only causes damage to the skin.

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