There’s a danger triangle that is *definitely* not okay to attack, appaz.


We’ve been told my everyone from our mum to celebrities not to squeeze spots. It can cause scarring, make the pimple worse and is generally gross. Gross but satisfying. If we had been told a simple squeeze could be fatal, we’d probably resist. In fact, we’d avoid touching our face all together.

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Yes, according to one dermatologist, the simple and very satisfying act of popping a pimple can actually be terrible for your health.

The area most concerning is the Danger Triangle – the area across the eyes, bridge of the nose, upper lip and corners of the mouth.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast in Salford, Dr Vishal Madan said that the blood vessels in this area connect to your brain. Hence the potential horror. If you are naughty and can’t help but squeeze you could run the risk of infection in the Danger Triangle. Infections could lead to permanent paralysis (WHAT), vision loss (YIKES) and even death. Seriously. From making a spot erupt like a volcano? Apparently yes.


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Anyone who has to deal with the hell of a spotty T-Zone will know how real the struggle not to squeeze is. When a spot on the end of your nose turns white, how can you confidentially walk into work and have a meeting with your boss? Or go on a date with a hot Tinder type? Your spot will end up taking all the attention away.

Here’s how to manage a pimply Danger Zone without resorting to squeezing…

Properly Cleanse

The T-zone suffers from regular build up thanks to pollution, grime and sweat. Plus we constantly touch it throughout the day, passing bacteria from the hands. Use a 100% cotton cloth soaked in warm water and cleanse the skin. Take time to steam the Danger Zone by pressing the hot cloth against the skin.

Tone Those Spots

A good toner will remove any final traces of grim and help to close pores. Swipe on after cleansing.


Zap spots with a topical treatment before you go to bed. This gel goes on clear so is perfect for day, too.


Even oily skin needs moisturising otherwise the oil glands will work overtime to hydrate the skin. Try a clearing formula to help get rid of nasties.

By Ellen Kerry