Squeezing your spots can kill you (apparently)

Introducing the 'Danger Triangle'

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Introducing the 'Danger Triangle'

Trying to resist squeezing a spot is something only the highly trained amongst us can do. It takes resolve, and a sheer force of will that many of us mere mortals do not possess. In short, only those touched by the hand of God can leave a whitehead-at-its-peak alone. (For the rest of us mere mortals, follow these rules on how to pimple pop properly.)

Don’t get us wrong, we're under no illusion that squeezing spots is good for our skin, and there are plenty of other ways to get rid of spots - including trying one of the these genius spot treatments - aside from using your forefingers.

And yes, we know that the seemingly innocuous, yet supremely addictive act of squeezing spots can cause irritation, infection and potential scarring – however we never knew the list of potential dangers actually include death.

Introducing ‘The Danger Triangle’, the area of skin that covers part of your eyes, bridge of your nose and the corners of your mouth and upper lip (see below), and an area which dermatologists say you should most definitely avoid when squeezing spots.

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As reported by the Independent, this danger area is so called due to the blood vessels that inhabit the ‘triangle’. The blood vessels drain to the back of your head, giving them a direct line to your brain, meaning that any infection that could arise from a particularly vigorous, or unclean, pimple popping session may then work its way directly to the nerve centre, leading to, in rare and extreme cases… death.

Refrain from squeezing and find a serum to stop the scoundrels from popping up in the first place – take the quiz to find the perfect one for you.

OK. OK. So a massive emphasis on ‘could’ and ‘rare’, but the dermatologists have spoken, and whilst death by blackhead seems a pretty grim way to go, it may make us all think twice about squeezing our spots in the comfort of our own bathrooms. At least when squeezing the spots that inhabit the ‘danger triangle’.

If you literally can’t cope with the idea of leaving those pesky buggers around the bridge of your nose, corners of your mouth and upper lip to their own devices, go and see a dermatologist who can squeeze them on a professional level.

Holly Rains

Holly Rains is the digital editor of Marie Claire UK. She has over 10 years journalism experience, working as an editor and writer, specialising in digital media, content strategy and dog breeds. Prior to Marie Claire, she has held senior staff positions at ELLE UK, Grazia and Company magazine.

Holly is a frequent speaker, panelist and interviewer on a range of subjects including media trends, careers and entertainment. From working with Reuters to provide global red carpet coverage for events like the BAFTAs, to discussing fashion and beauty trends on network TV, she was also the host of the Marie Claire series ‘Holly’s First Dates’, where she regularly interviewed a mix of inspiring woman and A-list celebrities (including Jack Black, Dakota Fanning and Renée Zellweger)  - a series which garnered half a million views in its first two months. And was approved by The Rock.

Her love of office-based meetings means that the days of discovering the melting point of Cadbury's Flakes are long gone, but when she isn't dreaming of scheduling in meetings, she likes to think about social media, and how best to avoid it whilst still retaining the title of 'digital' editor. She also likes learning about emerging technology, Influencers and how to become a Financially Responsible Adult.

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