Why Do We Pop Pimples?

Updated October 29, 2014.

I do it. You probably do too. Even though we know we shouldn’t squeeze blemishes, sometimes it’s tough to stop yourself.

So, why do we pop pimples? I was curious enough about it to ask a dermatologist, who is also a clinical psychologist, this very question. Who better to provide some insights on why we feel the need to pop, pick, and squeeze our zits.

The good doctor filled me in on what drives us to pick, and if it’s ever OK to pop that pimple (and the answer isn’t what you think.)

Why Do We Pop Pimples (Even When We Know We Shouldn’t)?

Pimple-Popping: