When your mother told you "not to pick your pimples because you'll cause scarring," she was wrong. Dr. Schultz will share with you what picking your pimples actually causes.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. When your mother told you not to pick your pimples because she said it would cause scars, she was wrong. It is very difficult to pick a pimple so deeply that you get a hole or even a raised scar. But when you do pick your pimples it causes something much worse. It causes a flat brown stain or discoloration that's very hard to get rid of, takes a very long time and while it doesn't happen every time you pick a pimple, it happens pretty often. Usually, this flat brown stain is about the size of the pimple or sometimes even a little larger. The reason you get these brown stains is because when you pick your pimples, the skin is injured and anytime the skin is injured, it turns dark to help protect itself. If you get one of these brown spots, it takes months to get rid of them and it requires treatment with bleaching chemicals and creams, and even exfoliates like gentle chemical exfoliates, like glycolic or even microdermabrasion. So, when your mother told you not to pick your pimples, she was right. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question please send me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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