Should I squeeze zits?

The best advice for evacuating "zits" would be to have a licensed aesthetician perform a facial. Squeezing zits can lead to local inflammation and lead to scar tissue formation, and in the worst case scenario, squeezing zits in the zone known as the "triangle of death," the area around the base of the nose below the eyes, can lead to severe, deep infections, which may penetrate into your brain.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

No. Squeezing or scrubbing harshly can actually make the condition worse, and can lead to other problems as you break down the natural skin barrier. A proper daily skin care regimen can make a difference: Use a mild cleanser that won't clog pores and hydrate your skin with an oil-free lotion every time you cleanse.


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