We know how tempting it is to want to use your own fingers to get rid of a zit. Whether it’s a fully formed whitehead or an inflamed red bump, most people believe that they can make it disappear with just a few squeezes. But that’s never the case. While it’s hard to resist temptation, you should know all of the facts before attempting to pop your zit. If you try and take matters into your own hands, you will risk leaving a permanent mark that will take much more time and effort to conceal and get rid of than the original zit. Secondly, the bacteria in the zit–and on your fingers–could cause much more damage than good if you try and pop the pimple. That bacteria could get pushed further down into the skin and cause a cyst–which would be much worse-looking than the zit you tried to pop. So what’s the best thing to do when temptation rises? Sit it out and apply some topical acne medications or if you have an important event, make an appointment for a cortisone injection.