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How Pimples Form

Pimple forming in a hair shaft

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.

By Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised January 23, 2013

Last Revised: January 23, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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