We’re all guilty of popping a pimple or two that we probably shouldn’t have touched.
Hell, I’ve just done exactly that and am now regretting it big time, because what was just a small bump under the skin is now a huge, red dot on my face…
But is an unsightly, inflamed blemish the only thing we have to fear when it comes to popping pimples?
Accoding to FEMAIL, a ‘triangle of death’ exists on your face and you shouldn’t ever touch a spot or pimple that appears on it.
This ‘triangle of death’, or ‘danger triangle’, is the area that stretched from the top of your nose to a point on either side of your lips.
The veins that are here lead back to the cavernous sinus in the brain, and squeezing a spot here can create an open wound, which can become infected by bacteria in the air and germs on our hands.
NYU Langone Medical Centre’s clinical professor of dermatology, Dr Jeremy Brauer, explained to FEMAIL that the veins here, if infected, can form clots to try and stop the infection spreading.
In turn, this puts pressure on the brain and can lead to partial or complete paralysis and, in the most extreme cases, death.
An infection of the sinus cavity, which results from the initial infection not being treated, can cause loss of vision, meningitis and even brain abscesses.
Dr Pimple Popper, a.k.a. Dr Sandra Lee, explains that if inflammation from a blemish spreads to the inner part of your brain, then you could go blind or even suffer from a stroke.
This condition is known as cavernous sinus thrombosis and often kids 30% of people who contract it.
Although, as Dr Brauer explained to Men’s Health, the chances of dying from this are “exceedingly low” - as infections like this are easily treatable with antibiotics - we think we’ll be steering clear from popping any more spots in this area...
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