What are pimples?

Affecting people from ages 10 to 40, it is a type of acne, also known as zits, and acne vulgaris in medical circle.

What causes it?

The elevation of hormones (because of puberty, menstrual cycle or stress) cause excess oil from the oil glands to clog the pores. Dead skin cells can also block the pores. When the openings of sebaceous glands are blocked, a buildup of oil underneath will form. This oil causes bacteria to multiply and when white blood cells attack the bacteria, they inflame the surrounding tissues. Inflammation near the skin's surface is a pustule; deeper inflammation will be a pimple. Other factors causing pimples are: heavy or oily make-up, cheap skin care products, over-exfoliation, and picking or squeezing pimples.

What are the symptoms? How long do they last? Is it deadly?

Pimples occur mostly on the face, chest and back, wherever there are many oil glands. They come in outbreaks, and usually lasts more than a few days. Although they are not deadly, they have social impacts on people who have pimples. Those people become less confident and have less self esteem. They would be preoccupied by pimples and be more frustrated or self-conscious.

Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way we can at least treat it?

Yes. The best way is to treat it before it comes. However of you already have a condition, you should cleanse the area more often to unblock the pores. You can also use cleansers and external applications with antibacterial ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur can also reduce the oil on the area. Use astringent to wipe oil away. Don't touch your face too often and avoid tight clothing. The pores doesn't want friction or pressure. Also don't squeeze the pimples as this will cause further inflammation.

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