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How to deal with cystic acne
January 29, 2016
It’s the kind of thing almost no one will admit to watching — a man squeezing a giant zit on the back of his neck — but more than 8 million YouTube users have watched Andy Peppers do just that.
In the video, Peppers squeezed a pimple until it erupted.
Peppers said that he'd had the spot for more than a decade. He never burst it because it didn't bother him.
While he and his wife were working in rural Laos, the bump began to cause him discomfort.
"The lump started to grow and it got to the point that it hurt for me just to tilt my head back because of all the pressure," he told the Daily Mail.
After an Internet search of his symptoms revealed that the bump was just a pimple, Peppers and his wife decided to take action.
They went to the store and purchased a zit-popping toolkit containing gauze, alcohol and a "purpose-built zit remover with a lancet on one end and a ring on the other," he wrote in the video description on YouTube.
Pepper’s wife lanced the pimple, then began squeezing it. It was too painful for Peppers, so he took over squeezing duties.
"With my wife's hands free," Peppers noted, "she decided to film what she was seeing so she could show me what she was incredulously describing as 'unbelievable.' "
What Peppers' wife saw was streams of creamy pus, mixed with blood and oil, pour out of Pepper’s pimple.
Peppers said it took several days to get all of the pus out, but it was worth it.
"This particular video was after the most productive popping episode, during which I felt a significant release of pressure, and then, no more pain," he wrote.
"Now all that remains of the zit is a small scar on the back of my neck, and of course the video."
Peppers’ giant zit was caused by cystic acne. Cystic acne is a type of acne that causes large, inflamed-looking bumps on the face, chest, back, arms or shoulders.
These bumps are typically tender, full of pus and deep within the skin.
Though it typically affects teens and young adults, according to WebMD, cystic acne can affect anyone.
Treatment for cystic acne is available, so WebMD advises people to seek medical attention if necessary. A dermatologist might prescribe oral antibiotics or prescription-strength creams or lotions to combat the problem.
In addition to seeing a dermatologist, some natural remedies for cystic acne may help with symptoms.
According to Home Remedies for Life, baking soda, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar are products that, when applied topically, can reduce the appearance of cystic acne.
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