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."> 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.">
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"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.