How pimples form

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.

Current as of: October 30, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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