How pimples form

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How pimples form

Infected gland and pimple

Pimples form when dead skin cells mix with excess oil (sebum). This mixture plugs the pore, causing swelling. Bacteria can grow in the mix and lead to infection and pus.

Current as of: July 2, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine

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