7 Things You Should Never Do to Acne-Prone Skin, According to Dr. Pimple Popper

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To say that I've never scrolled through countless videos of Dr. Pimple Popper squeezing blackheads and draining giant cysts on YouTube would be a complete lie. There's something so satisfying about seeing an uncanny amount of gunk get extracted from the human body before your eyes. It's a five-minute cinematic experience of sorts, including suspense, climax, and a happy ending. My passion for zit removal might be alarming, but it's a badge I wear with pride. So you can only imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to talk to the anti-pimple queen herself, Sandra Lee, MD, and ask her the most important question for acne-prone skin: What should we never, ever do to those pesky red bumps on our faces? Her answers were eye-opening, just like when we see a foot-long trail of pus exit a single pore (ew—I just grossed myself out a little there). To learn the skin mistakes even Lee winces at, keep scrolling.

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