An Australian woman has learnt the hard way why you should never do a DIY pimple extraction after she got a nasty infection.
Tyla Brimblecombe shared how her chin became swollen to the point she said she looked like ‘Buzz Lightyear’ after squeezing a year-and-a-half old spot.
In a viral video posted to TikTok, the social media strategist said she was told by a doctor the mystery blemish was not a cyst but that squeezing it may have caused an infection she had to take antibiotics to heal.
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Tyla Brimblecombe (pictured), has warned millions why you should never squeeze pimples after a blemish on her face become infected
She said she had a small spot on her chin for a year and a half which became badly infected and swollen after she tried to squeeze it multiple times
‘If you ever have a pimple and you’re not actually sure if it is a pimple and you really want to pop it, my advice is don’t,’ Tyla warned viewers in the clip.
She said she has spent the last 24 hours in ‘excruciating pain’ after trying to extract what she thought was a pimple that appeared on her chin around 18 months ago.
‘I started noticing a little pimple that was on my chin, it never really had a head, kind of something a little bit deeper into my skin and I was always like ‘oh it’ll go away’ or ‘I’ll pop it when it’s ready’,’ she explained.
‘It never became ready, it just stayed how it was and to be honest I just ignored it.’
Tyla then revealed her chin in the video which had a small but nasty wound, had ‘doubled in size’, and was red and ‘rock solid’
Tyla added around the time she noticed the ‘pimple’ she had chin fillers and the spot seemed to be in the same place the needle would have gone in.
‘Come to two nights ago, I decided, I’m going to give this bad boy a bit of a squeeze, went in with knuckles went in super hard,’ she said.
‘The next morning when I woke up the little dot, instead of being a white head, was quite yellow so I was like ‘oh my gosh, it’s infected’.’
Later that night, Tyla tried to squeeze the spot even more so much so she ended up with a big bruise and swelling.
After many requests from viewers asking for updates, Tyla said in a follow-up video that she had been to the doctor and the spot was improving after being put on antibiotics
‘And at this point I’m embracing it, it’s giving Buzz Lightyear – inchinity and beyond – but this got worse and worse, puffier and puffier,’ she joked.
Her boyfriend also had a ‘good crack’ at the squeezing the spot with cotton buds.
Tyla then revealed her chin in the video which had a small but nasty wound, had ‘doubled in size’, and was red and ‘rock solid’.
Her video racked up more than 2.2million views shocking hundreds in the comments while others said a similar thing had happened to them.
‘No but girl THIS HAPPENED TO ME and I ended up with a face abscess and went septic,’ one woman said.
‘You need to go to the doctors! Possibly infected/cyst, please don’t touch it anymore,’ a second advised.
Days later Tyla’s chin was back to ‘normal’ and she said it ‘looks like nothing happened’
‘This happened to me turns out it was an abscess from having MRSA aka golden staph. I would get tested for sure,’ wrote a third.
After many requests from viewers asking for updates, Tyla said in a follow-up video that she had been to the doctor and the spot was improving after being put on antibiotics.
‘I asked if it was cyst, he said no and it has gone down a lot today ,’ she said as she showed her chin which still had a wound but was much less swollen.
‘I think it was just me attacking what didn’t need to be attacked, aggravating it, then obviously it got really swollen and got a lot worse by putting my own touch on it.’
Days later Tyla’s chin was back to normal and she said it ‘looks like nothing happened’.
Dos and Don’ts: How to treat deep, painful pimples
DO wash your skin before treating it. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser, and be gentle to your skin while washing.
DON’T pop, squeeze or pick at the blemish. Doing so can make acne more noticeable and increase your risk of infection, discoloration and scarring.
DO apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. As soon as you notice the blemish, wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply it to the area for five to 10 minutes. Repeat this two more times, with 10-minute breaks between icing.
DON’T apply toothpaste to the area. Toothpaste contains several ingredients that can clog your pores and irritate your skin, such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, alcohol and menthol.
DO apply a warm compress once a whitehead begins to form. To make a warm compress, soak a clean washcloth in hot water; make sure the water isn’t too hot to avoid burning your skin. Then, apply the warm compress to the pimple for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this three to four times daily until the pimple releases pus and heals.
DON’T apply homemade treatments found online. There is plenty of advice online promoting ‘natural’ remedies for acne, however just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin. Even if a natural ingredient is good for your skin, it could be combined with another ingredient that could be harmful.
DO visit a certified dermatologist to help treat the pimple and prevent future breakouts. If you need an urgent fix, a dermatologist can provide a cortisone injection, which can help the pimple go away in a few hours to days instead of days to weeks. Your dermatologist can also recommend treatments to help prevent future breakouts, such as a retinoid or antibiotics.