There are some skin care habits you learn to avoid after one innocent mistake (like layering retinoids and chemical exfoliants—shudder.) Popping pimples, however, seems to be the exact opposite: No matter how many times you regret poking and prodding at your face, another occurrence seems to follow at some point in the near future.
There are a host of reasons why popping pimples is a major no, other than the fact that an angry and irritated mound is way more difficult to disguise with concealer. In fact, there are far more serious and lasting effects to this habit than you may realize. Here, we tapped skin experts to get the inside scoop on the real reasons you shouldn’t pop.