Can I pop a pimple if I can see the white part? – Dan* It's tempting, but popping or squeezing a pimple won't necessarily get rid of the problem. Squeezing can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. Squeezing also can lead to scabs and might leave you with permanent pits or scars. Because popping isn't the way to go, patience is the key. Your pimple will disappear on its own, and by leaving it alone you're less likely to be left with any reminders that it was there. To dry a pimple up faster, apply 5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream once or twice a day. You can find these over-the-counter treatments at most drugstores, grocery stores, and other stores that sell skin-care products. If you're concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist. *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles Can Acne Scars Be Removed? Scars from acne can seem like double punishment - first you had to suffer through the pimples, now you have marks to remind you. Is there anything you can do? Read More Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. Here are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems. Read More Can I Prevent Acne? There's no sure way to prevent acne. But these tips might help reduce the number and severity of your breakouts. Read More Why Do I Get Acne? Almost every teen gets acne at some point. This article addresses common questions and concerns about acne and tells you what you can do about it. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.