How can popping a pimple be dangerous?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you're thinking about popping a zit, think twice, especially if it's in the triangle from the tip of your nose to the edges of your lips. This is called the triangle of death. When you squeeze a pimple in here, that pus doesn't have to come up. Instead of the pus going out, it can go back down into those blood vessels. And guess where they go? They go to your brain.

There are cosmetic dangers too. "You can actually cause more scarring, more damage," Harvard-trained dermatologist Dr. Susan Evans says. "In some cases, you get a dark spot there."

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