Everyday Habits You Don’t Realize Could Shorten Your Life

Pimple popping

Everyone loves to pop pimples whether they admit it or not, but this penchant for popping can be hazardous to your health—seriously. “Picking, scratching, squeezing… pick your poison, all have the potential to disrupt an already damaged skin barrier in acne and allow aggressive and possibly invasive bacteria entry,” Dr. Friedman says. With acne, the populations of bacteria on the skin are altered. “Many know that P. acnes, a gram-positive bacteria that loves to live in our hair follicles, is increased in acne but so is our good friend staph who just loves himself some skin.”