It Turns Out Popping Pimples Could Actually Kill You

by Robert Anthony

Next time you notice a pimple on your face, you might want to refrain from popping it -- unless you're a fan of near-death experiences.

Believe it or not, aside from the fact that you could easily scar your skin, it turns out that you could also kill yourself just by popping that little puss-filled sucker on your face.

If you're a habitual pimple-popper, you're going to want to brush up on your knowledge of "the danger triangle," the long lost cousin of the Bermuda triangle (just kidding).

According to The Independent, the danger triangle is a sensitive area on your face that is linked directly to your brain.

If you harm yourself by applying an immense amount of pressure on this particular area, it could actually result in death.

Here's a photo of the danger triangle.


The blood vessels present in this particular area on your face are said to drain to the back of your head. If you pop a pimple in this area, it could become infected which could result in permanent paralysis, vision impairment or death.

If you see a pimple forming within the danger triangle on your face, let that pimple live. It's not worth losing your life over.

A description of the danger triangle reads,

Due to the special nature of the blood supply to the human nose and surrounding area, it is possible for retrograde infections from the nasal area to spread to the brain causing cavernous sinus thrombosis, meningitis or brain abscess.

Like I said, it is NOT worth popping. I don't care if you have a hot Tinder date tomorrow night, let the pimple do its thing. Apply some on-the-spot acne solution and be patient. It won't be there forever!

If for whatever reason the pimple isn't going away and seems to just be getting worse, obviously schedule an appointment with your dermatologist -- don't risk death!

This old "Dr. Oz" clip perfectly explains the danger triangle (also known as "the triangle of death").

Citations: Don't be alarmed, but squeezing your spots can kill you (Metro UK)