Why you should not touch the pimples that appear on the nose
A TikTok with 3.6 million views posted by Dr. Ever Arias, went viral recently, scaring everyone about what can happen if you pop a pimple on your nose.
The TikTok video features an AI rendering of a girl telling her personal story of squeezing a pimple that was bothering her, which caused a bacterial infection that eventually killed her. Arias reacts in the video, stressing that you shouldn't touch pimples in an area of your face called the "triangle of death."
Dr. Muneeb Shah, a board-certified dermatologist, also reacted to the story on TikTok, saying in the caption, "This is possible, but extremely rare."
The AI video appears to be based on a true story about an 18-year-old who died in June in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
The "triangle of death" that Arias refers to in the TikTok video refers to the nasolabial triangle, which runs from the bridge of the nose to the upper lip — a place where pimples and blackheads appear. It is also an area where large and vital arteries and nerves run from the neck to the sinuses and up to the skull.
Acne on this part of your face can cause serious illness, including nasal infections, vision loss, stroke, and even death—so it's best to wait for any acne to clear up on its own.
Echoing Arias and Shah, Dr. Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand told HuffPost that getting a serious or life-threatening infection from a pimple is rare.
"I would recommend avoiding acne in the area of the face that connects the nose to the corners of the mouth," she said.