"How to Pop a Pimple"
sent our entire site into overdrive, and the guest blogger responsible, L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu (left), now has a new book, Feed Your Face
($27, St. Martin's Press, amazon.com). Here, her advice: step 1
The only pimples that are (relatively) safe to pop are whiteheads. Painful cysts or boils are too deep to drain by yourself and can scar. step 2
Wash your hands and face; swab spot with alcohol. step 3
Dip a clean needle in alcohol and gently pierce the whitehead. Try not to draw blood.step 4
Gently squeeze from either side using hands or Q-tips. If it doesn't come out easily, stop. Squeezing too hard causes scarring. step 5
Cover with a Band-Aid to prevent scabbing.