Why You Shouldn’t Pick at Pimples

Dr. Pimple Popper

Look no further for proof of human’s twisted psyche than the millions of views Dr. Pimple Popper receives. There is an interest in popping pimples.

Extractions can clear pimples and problem areas, but only when they’re done by a professional.

Not convinced? Here are a handful of reasons from dermatologists on why you would be best to avoid doing so yourself.

Preventing Natural Healing

Pimples are a sign that your body is working. Erin Gilbert, M.D., says, “If you think of pimples as areas of skin where your body is trying to heal itself, it should deter the urge to pick.”

Tearing Your Skin

When you pop a pimple, you’re not exactly helping your skin.

Sejal Shah, M.D., says, forcefully pushing the bacteria and oil out actually tears the skin, only leaving wound instead of a bump.

You’re Making It Worse

Dr. Shah continues to say, “As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit. That can cause the pimple to become more red, inflamed, swollen and infected.”

It Creates More Pimples

Getting rid of one pesky pimple can lead to many more. Dr. Shah says, “The bacteria, oil, and debris… once released, can spread and lead to more acne.”


If you’ve quickly grown tired of looking at a pimple on you, how would you feel about a long-lasting scar?

“Scarring is also a risk for people with deeper cystic pimples,” says Dr. Erin. “Save yourself the money you’ll have to invest in laser or filler treatment by avoiding the urge to pick.”

Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, also had vital information to add:

“Rather than picking, apply a product with two percent salicylic acid to draw out extra oil and dry the pimple. To help overnight, you can try a hydrocolloid bandage which both allows the skin to heal itself and prevents you from picking or scratching.”

The experts have spoken. Fight the urge to pop your pimples, you may only make matters worse.

If you want to schedule an appointment to find out how to manage your acne and breakouts, call Cosmetic Dermatology Center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicole Hayre.