Never Pop A Pimple On This Part Of Your Face. Here's Why

That irritation of feeling a pimple on your face growing under the skin is unlike no other. You might not have the patience to wait for the unwelcome guest to run its course before you go about trying to get rid of it. But before you wash your hands and have the cotton balls on standby, think twice before you start to try and pop a pimple on a part of your face known as "the triangle of death."

The name may sound intense, and with good reason. As Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a board-certified infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security explains to Healthline, "The triangle of death is a colloquial term for an area of the face that includes the region of the nose and corners of the mouth. This area is connected via blood vessels to areas of the skull where infections can spread very rapidly and become more serious." If you have a pimple or any type of blemish in this area, avoid touching it! Adalja goes on to say that this area is where staph infections are likely to arise. 

What is a staph infection? According to Mayo Clinic, a staph infection is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. These germs infect the skin. While they often disappear on their own, they can become deadly if the infection gets worse — by picking at it, for example — and the bacteria invades deeper, entering the bloodstream.

Serious infections are rare but can be deadly

After the harmful bacteria has entered the bloodstream from the triangle of death, it only has to travel a short distance before it enters the brain. Heather Free, PharmD and a spokesperson for the American Pharmacist Association, tells Healthline, "While infections of this area are rare — due to antibiotics — the triangle of death is a particular area of the face that if the skin is broken and the inside of our body is exposed to bacteria, it can invade and have access to the body's control center."

Other repercussions around infections in the triangle of death include facial paralysis from nerve damage or loss of vision and motor functions, reports Newsweek. 

Considering how serious an infection can get in the triangle of death, you may also want to avoid plucking nose hairs or picking at a stubborn booger as well. It may be hard to refrain from trying to pop a growing pimple on the tip of your nose, or one that has sprouted right between your Cupid's bow. But now that we've heard about the triangle of death, it may be best to let these unwanted guests stick around until they disappear on their own.