Why does popping a pimple cause scarring?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Popping a pimple can force bacteria deeper into your skin. This can irritate your skin and worsen the acne. Popping a pimple can also lead to inflammation, spreading of bacteria across the face and neck, and scars. To manage your acne, wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day and use oil-free products. Treat your pimples with over-the-counter (OTC) creams or see a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions).

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