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Why You Should Think Twice Before Popping Cystic Acne
Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne, and although doctors aren't exactly sure what causes cystic acne, the increase in hormones called androgens can result in clogged pores. Blackheads and reddened pimples arise when bacteria cause an infection deep inside the skin, creating a swollen, pus-filled bump that slowly protrudes through the skin.
Popping them might spread the infection, as pressing and squeezing the affected area can cause bacteria to penetrate deeper into the wound and permanently damage the skin barrier. Additionally, hands are significant sources of bacteria and germs, so using dirty fingers to pop a pimple might introduce other infections to the skin.
It's best to leave the spots alone and have them professionally looked at by a dermatologist, but if you want to reduce the size and swelling of cystic acne, place a washcloth with hot water on the affected skin area or apply a spot treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Some dermatologists also offer medications or facial cleansing routines.