Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 04:11 pm
Finding a pimple suddenly growing on your face can feel like your face is being taken over by an angry parasite
Understanding where they come from and why you have the type of pimples you have can help you get rid of them now and prevent them from popping up
Your skin produces an oil called sebum. Depending on your skin type (oily, dry or normal), your skin produces a different amount of sebum to moisturise and protect itself.
When sebum and dead skin cells clog the hair follicles on your skin, you can develop blackheads.
These bumps can be irritating, making you want to scratch and squeezing which can make them painful as well.
Whiteheads are caused by the same mix of sebum and dead skin cells clogging the pores, like blackheads. The difference is that the pores in whiteheads are closed creating a skin coloured, or puss topped bump on the skin.
Acne and inflammation
When the skin is red, inflamed and has groupings of pimples, bacteria are likely involved. This is called inflammatory acne and often has a deeper medical cause than the odd pimple.
Acne treatment is also more involved and intense since acne is considered a skin condition and may need medical treatment.
Pimples aren’t just on your face
Pimples don’t just appear on your face. They can appear anywhere on your skin but most commonly appear on the face, back and chest.
Because pimples are caused by a blocked and inflamed pore or hair follicle, they can only appear on the skin, lumps and bumps in the mouth and other places are not considered pimples.