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Got a pimple? Resist temptation to pop it



Published: Fri, April 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Got a pimple? Resisttemptation to pop it

TEENSHEALTH.ORG

You wake up feeling a slight red bump on your cheek. You can barely see the pimple, but you know it's there -- and growing. By the end of the day, your pimple has evolved into a glistening whitehead -- perfect for popping, right?

It's a tempting thought, but popping or squeezing a pimple usually won't get rid of the problem. Squeezing can actually push infected material and pus further into the skin, which can lead to more swelling and redness. Squeezing can also cause scabs to form and leave you with permanent pits or scars.

Because popping isn't the way to go, patience is the key. Your pimple will disappear sooner rather than later, and by leaving it alone, you're less likely to be left with any reminders that it was there. If you're concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist.

For other health articles written just for teens, go to the Web site,www.TeensHealth.org.




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