LIFESTYLE

How To Get Rid Of A Pimple (Spoiler Alert: You Aren't Meant To Pop Them)

30/10/2014 10:39 GMT | Updated 30/10/2014 12:59 GMT

If your solution to getting rid of pimples is to pop them, then we have news for you: spot-squeezing is all wrong.

According to Dr Mehmet Oz, squeezing your spots will cause skin damage and destroy healthy tissue. This is quite a big deal, particularly as one in five people are obsessed with picking and popping cysts and blemishes.

Speaking on the Oprah Winfrey show, Dr Oz said: "Never squeeze a pimple because you will macerate it. You’re destroying all the healthy tissue with the pressure you are putting on there by squeezing."

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So what's the right way to get rid of your unwanted friend?

The key is to resist squeezing your juicy pimple and instead skewer it with a needle cleaned with alcohol.

"Place the needle parallel to the skin – rather like you would skewer something – and pierce the skin from one side to another. Then rip up!" he added.

Sounds painful...

Dr Oz explains that you won't experience pain if you apply the parallel technique as it only touches the dead part of the spot where there is zero sensation.

The rest of your healthy skin will be left unharmed, leaving you with residual emotional trauma that you've just kebabbed your face.

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