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    How pimples form

    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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

    Current as ofOctober 12, 2015

    Current as of: October 12, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

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