Picking Pimples Causes Scars: True Or False?

We've constantly been told not to pick and prod at our pimples when suffering from a breakout. This is good advice, but not perhaps because of why we think. Apparently many are under the assumption that popping our pimples will cause a scar, but this is a myth, says New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD.

"It's very difficult to pick a pimple so deeply so that you would get a hole or a raised scar. When you do pick your pimples it causes something much worse-it causes a flat brown stain or discoloration that is very hard to get rid of."

This happens because the skin thickens or darkens to protect itself from injury. Unfortunately, brown spots or hyperpigmentation is harder to clear up than a pimple itself, so you'll be stuck with it much longer.

If you do develop a darkening of the skin, Dr. Schultz recommends a treatment with bleaching chemicals like hydroquinone, creams and chemical exfoliates like glycolic acid or even microdermabrasion.

So sit on those hands and leave extractions to the pros. Every pore is different and if you don't understand the anatomy of the skin, you will end up making it a lot worse. If you're tempted to pick, use an anti-acne gel with salicylic acid or sulfur and see a dermatologist or aesthetician for an immediate extraction.

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4 Comments
  • Anonymous
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    Chemicals will clear up your face but always has a down side. They say scarrings " HARDER TO GET RID OF", not that you can't get rid of it. Try natural face masks and cleansing your face every morning and night and sooner or later they will leave themselves.

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    um, i haven't met a single dermatologist that DOESN'T prescribe hydroquinone. and i am in medical school studying to become a dermatologist.

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    It blows my mind that a medical professional is prescribing hydroquinone as a topical application of hyper-pigmentation, the one known OTC that kills the melanocytes, and can therefore lead to hypo-pigmentation( white patches on the skin)once this has happened there is no way of corecting the permanent damage caused by this ingredient.

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    I wish I had listened to my mother as a teenager when she told me not to pick at my face - now I'm working on fading those dark spots!

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