The deadly risk you take when you pop a pimple

We think nothing of it - but poking your acne can be life-threatening!

Sure, it might’ve been a few years or months since your last acne flare-up, but that doesn’t mean your days of worry about the often painful skin condition is over and done with. 

In fact, if a finding by medical professionals recently reported in The Independent is anything to go by, there’s more concern about pimples than ever before. Apparently popping them can kill you! 

Before you panic, though, it’s in rare occurrence, but still apparently attacking the whiteheads in what’s known as the ‘triangle of death’ on your face can lead to some pretty intense problems inside your head. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz made the revelation to Oprah Winfrey on her show many years ago and warned about the sensitive area of the face, which have veins that drain into the back of the head at the occipital lobe of the cerebral cortex.

This is the part of the brain responsible for processing any ocular activity (sight) and if shocked by an assault on the veins and nerves in this triangle of death – a triangular shaped space from the centre of the eyebrows, down to the sidles of the mouth and back to the middle – some serious damage can be done. 

Apparently paralysis, visual impairment and death can even occur if bleeding in the brain gets too intense.

Jeez. It looks like your options are to leave it, risk it and pop it or smother that bad boy in a lot of quality concealer to hide it from the colleagues, Tinder date or next Saturday night out. Damn! 

This article first appeared on Women’s Health.

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