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Why is Pimple Popping so Addicting?

Although we all know that poking and prodding pimples may lead to scarring and worsening of breakouts, why are we still so tempted to squeeze our fingers together until we hear that satisfying pop as pus oozes out? Why do we find ourselves entranced by screens as we watch pimples and blackheads get extracted? “Popaholics,” (a term coined by dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, aka Dr. Pimple Popper) is a trending word to define those whose satiation for pimple popping never wavers. 

According to Abigail Cline, M.D., Ph.D. of the Center for Dermatology Research at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, people pop zits for a variety of reasons. Some pop because they believe it to be a quick and easy fix, while others get more psychological satisfaction and feel a sense of accomplishment as they are “ridding their body of something that doesn’t belong.”

Dopamine Rush

We feel a sense of achievement and immediate pleasure after a pimple pop, due to dopamine - the happy hormone- as it releases from the reward center of the brain. Dopamine is what keeps us coming back to picking and poking our skin even though every medical professional has warned us of the bacteria we may be introducing and the scarring we could cause. Some professionals believe dopamine is surged from the feeling of accomplishment, while others such as psychologist Roseann Capanna-Hodge suggest that "people are fascinated by other people's distress or difficulties and they get a dopamine rush every time they see the intensity of someone else's problems.” 

Satisfy Your Craving Safely

What if there was a way to satisfy your popping cravings without touching your skin and causing unnecessary damage? Acne patches, such as Fazit’s Zit Zapper multi-shaped patches are a trending, highly popular way to watch guck, oil and pus ozze from the skin without ever touching it or forcing the infection out harshly. Hydrocolloid, the active ingredient in acne patches, is hydrophilic and works by attracting water-based properties such as sebum, oil and pus from the closed zit infection onto the patch. 

Enjoy the power of pimple eruptions hygienically with Fazit Zit Zapper! 

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