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Doctor warns there's a 'triangle of death' on your face

Doctor warns there's a 'triangle of death' on your face

Dr Oz shares why you should never pop pimples in the middle of your face

Pimple popping is a fad that many people love to take part in, and you can buy a host of tools to help you to clear away pesky zits too. But what if the area you were stuck into could cause serious consequences?

Well, that’s what one American celebrity doctor has warned people.

Dr Mehmet Oz, renowned for giving health advice on shows like Oprah, claims that there is a triangle space in the middle of your face that is deadly if disrupted.

According to the doc, it begins with your nose as the top and a point on either side of your lips.

If meddled with, he claims it could do some serious damage to your health.

Speaking to CNBC's Squawk Box back in 2014, Dr Oz said: "You pick in that area, that triangle of death, you have a risk of that infection transcending the skin and going up to your brain.”

Dr Oz is known for his TV health advice.
The Oprah Winfrey Show

But it's not just the surface of the 'Triangle of Death' that's dangerous.

He continued: "You pull that hair out [from inside your nose]... there's a little blood that leaks out from the follicle that got disrupted."

This is because damaging the skin and causing blood to leak could lead to cavernous sinus thrombosi, meningitis or a brain abscess, which are all awful diseases.

If this is to occur, usually it will start out with a blood clot in the sinus, which can impact on your nerves that are situated around the cavernous sinus, causing a muscle or gland to lose its function.

Though it’s rare, if it was to be left unnoticed, it would put the individual at risk of death.

Dr Pimple Popper, otherwise known as Dr Sandra Lee, also says that popping a spot within the triangle area is nothing to joke about.

It has been claimed that the triangle is dangerous to mess with.
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In 2016, she told Allure: "If you ever get an infected pimple here, it has a shorter distance to get to the cavernous sinus.

"If the inflammation from a zit spread, there's the potential for blindness or stroke."

As it’s so rare, there really isn’t much information circulating about it to back up these claims, which has led to the medical community to distance themselves from Dr Oz.

The American Council on Science and Health do not support his advice due to a lack of proof.

The organisation once wrote: "We, like others in the scientific community, have been constant critics of the non-evidence backed 'advice' that Dr. Oz has dished out through the years.

"The bottom line, to no one's surprise, is that the recommendations made by Dr. Oz were not evidence-based and often had no legitimate scientific literature citation to confirm his claims, frequently overlooking potential harm and high costs."

This might make you think twice about popping that pimple.

Featured Image Credit: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Topics: Health, Weird