The “triangle of death” is the only place on the face where you should never pop a pimple


As soon as a button pushes, some take pleasure in handling it and trying to pierce it. However, this habit can be extremely bad or even dangerous in some cases. You are probably familiar with the “T-zone,” which includes the mouth, nose, and the small space between the eyes. Blemishes that appear in this area can be particularly bothersome. Today, experts quoted by the health site Health evoke a risk zone called “triangle of death”. It is on this part of the fact

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that you should never handle your pimples, at the risk of suffering serious consequences.



It’s hard to resist the temptation to pierce these unsightly little pimples that grow on our face… And yet, we’ve been told over and over again that this reflex can cause sores and scars on the skin. Today, specialists say that you should absolutely refrain from manipulating the buttons that are on the area called “triangle of death”, says Health magazine.

What is the “triangle of death”?

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Triangle of death, the area connecting the mouth, nose, and between the eyes. Source: Flair. be

For those unfamiliar with the term, Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai in New York City defines the “triangle of death” as “the area of ​​the face that connects the nose to the corners of the mouth”. The specialist explains that this area of ​​the face is  “particularly dangerous because of its close connection with the brain”.

To visualize the “triangle of death” well, you just have to form a triangle with your hands by joining your thumbs. The upper corner of the triangle will appear at the top of your nasal pyramid and the two lower angles will border the corners of your mouth.

What are the risks when pimples are pierced in this area?

If you’re struggling not to poke a pimple that appears on your face, you should be aware of the dangers associated with this reflex.

As Dr Zeichner explains,  “the cavernous sinus is the name of a large vein that drains blood to the brain, creating a connection from our exterior to our interior”. In fact, the veins found in the “danger triangle” can lead to the cavernous sinus, which is in the brain, ”says Jeremy Brauer, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center at  Men’s Health.

Therefore,  when we manipulate a button that is in this area, we create an open wound that can accommodate many bacteria. This usually happens if a person pimples a pimple without washing their hands properly, which can lead to infection. However, “an infection in this area has a higher risk”, insists Alok Vij, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

As Dr. Zeichne explains, if a pimple is pierced and an infection develops, it can spread through this cavernous sinus and infect the brain. Worse yet,  it can spread through the bloodstream to all organs of the body.

If the infection reaches the brain and is left untreated, it can cause blood clots to form, and ultimately cause a life-threatening stroke, reveals Dr. Brauer. Remember that blood clots kill up to 20,000 people each year in France.

However, Dr. Brauer explains in Men’s Health that generally, when there is a skin infection in this area, the pain causes a person to consult as soon as possible to receive adequate treatment. Thus, the chances of the infection spreading to the brain are still low.

What to do if a pimple bothers you?

For those who find popping a pimple far too rewarding without depriving, you should think twice before doing this.


Picking a pimple in this area can be dangerous, according to dermatologists. Source: Flair. be

In reality, you will have to be patient and resist the temptation to fiddle with these buttons. “We believe in a quick and effective solution, but in reality, we only worsen the problem”, explains Dr. Philippe Beaulieu, dermatologist cited by the brand  Laroche Posay.

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