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Video:What to Know About How Pimples Are Caused

with Dr. Debra Jaliman

Pimples can be caused by a number of different factors. This video from About.com will explain the most common causes of pimples.See Transcript

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Transcript:What to Know About How Pimples Are Caused

Hi, this is Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book Skin Rules - Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist, here for About.com to talk about how a pimple forms.

Dead Skin Cells and Sebum Can Cause Pimples

First of all, there are many factors that cause a pimple. There are dead skin cells that don't exfoliate properly that block the pore. Also, there's too much sebum and sebum is oil that collects in the pore, and this occurs because the sebaceous gland, which is also called the oil gland, produces too much oil.

Why does this happen? Some people have too much testosterone. Testosterone is the male hormone; when that produces too much oil, the oil gland clogs up with too much oil, too many dead skin cells, and then too much bacteria.

"P Acnes" Bacteria Cause Inflammation

The bacteria we're talking about is called "P Acnes" or proprioni bacterium acnes. So when you have all these factors coming together you get inflammation and you get infection. And that's how a pimple forms.

So this is Dr. Debra Jaliman talking about how a pimple forms for About.com. For more information, please visit About.com.

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