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What Causes Pimples and Zits? 8 Myths And The Facts

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Do you struggle with pimples, zits, blackheads, or breakouts?

Are you frustrated with your current skincare routine and dealing with frequent breakouts?

Nobody is happy when a pimple pops up out of the blue. Of course, they usually appear right where everyone can see, and at the worst times. Reality is, this is a very common skin condition.

When you hit the adolescent years, you heard many reasons from your mom on what causes pimples or zits, right?

Although they may appear different, pimples, blackheads, and zits are mostly caused by clogged pores. However, it is not that simple.


How pimples form and what causes them?

Many people still blame zits on what you eat, the amount of exercise you get or how many times you wash your face.

The truth is, none of these are to blame for blemishes.

Pimples and Zits usually occur due to a combination of physical health elements beyond your control that cause clogged pores.

The Secret Making of a Pimple

Long before you see a pimple appear, it was festering for two or three weeks according to medical journals.

Before it made it to the surface of your skin, it began in your pores or your sebaceous hair follicles. You have a sebaceous oil gland hidden within each of your follicles. That oil gland is what produces sebum.

Seburn is the oil gland that makes your skin flexible and moist. As your skin cells shed, your skin replenishes them over and over. Usually, these dead skin cells shed with no problem to make way for the new cells. But, if they shed unevenly, the cells and your natural essential oil will clump together.

Once the combined cells and oil clump together, they form a plug, like a cork in a bottle.

The plug then fills the pores. The bacteria and oil inside the hair follicle causing swelling. During this time your skin continues to produce its own natural essential oil.

Your immune system then produces white blood cells to attack foreign bacteria. That is when the inflammation starts and the pimple forms. It takes that entire process for a pimple to develop on the skin surface.

So, now you know the reason why you get pimples.

However, how many myths that you have heard are true?

Myth 1: Adults do not get Pimples

False. Pimples are not just for teenagers. Adults still get them throughout their lives. Acne and pimples appear different when you are 40 then when you were 16. As an adult, pimples are more likely to be reddish bumps around your jaw and mouth.

When you were younger, you may have had blackheads, and zits spread out over your face.

There are various reasons why adults get zits.

Changes in your hormone levels and stress are two of the main culprits. Stopping or changing birth control pills and menopause are two possibilities.

Myth 2: Drinking Soda and Eating Chocolate

Chocolate has for years now been one blame for Zits.

So, is the bad rap justified?

No. There has not been any evidence proving chocolate alone causes pimples. Isn’t that fantastic news for chocolate lovers? Do not go off your diet just yet though.

sound medical advice would include avoid coke

There has been much chatter about the connection between soda, your health,  and pimples over the years.

No medical studies prove that drinking soda is a sole culprit to skin breakouts. But, it is not healthy for your body or your skin to drink soda.

Soda is full of sugar which will trigger your hormones. Disrupted hormones lead to inflammation as well as clogged pores in your skin.

Myth 3: Stress Does Not Causes Pimples

Fact: There is a connection between stress and pimples. In fact, stress is one of the leading culprits when it comes to pimples and adults. Here’s why.

Zits appear when your body is under stress due to the boost of your stress hormones. Such increases throw off your equilibrium. That much of a surge will cause many changes, such as increases in blood pressure and weight gain.

Stress causes an increase in your skin’s oil production which will clog your pores which leads to pimples.

Myth 4: Don’t Wear Sunscreen

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Fact: Anytime you get an overexposure of sun, you are damaging your skin. Once that damage happens, the skin becomes irritated. In the following weeks, your skin will begin reacting to the damage from over-exposure.

Due to this reaction, you will more than likely have pimples appear. It is ok to enjoy being outdoors, but, do it in moderation without getting sunburned. Overexposure can also cause premature wrinkles. Read about what causes wrinkles.

Adding a good sunscreen to your skincare regime will help protect your skin from UV rays and prevent breakouts. In the event you find your skin is damaged from sun exposure, our cosmetic laser is a great option to consider.

Myth 5: You are Not Washing Your Face Enough

Fact: Not True. You should only wash your face twice a day. Cleaning more than that will dry out your skin and not help you get rid of pimples.

Clogged follicles are not usually due to grime and dirt on the surface of your skin. You should clean your face with non-irritant cleaners without scrubbing very hard. Never rub too vigorously!

Myth 6: You Should not Wear Makeup

Fact: There are some products out there that can aggravate the skin causing pimples. Especially thick liquid foundations and heavy makeup such as stage or costume type.

avoid acne breakouts and forehead pimples

Woman with clear skin after acne treatment


Such foundations clog the pores which lead to zits and pimples. You should try a looser foundation made with minerals that won’t irritate your skin. Specific makeups can aggravate breakouts, making them worse.

They can be the result of a person having a sensitivity to a product’s ingredients. Alternatively, you forget to remove your makeup before bed, so the product blocks or clogs pores.

Myth 7: Can Scrubbing Clear It Up?

Fact: Over scrubbing your face is one of the worst things you can do. When scouring the area,  bacteria is spread across the skin, making matters worse.

Myth 8: You Can Go To The Cosmetics Counter For a Remedy

Fact: People think nothing of paying a fortune for a product that makes false promises. Maybe these products contain pore-clogging ingredients.

Not only are you wasting money on false hope, but you also rely on a salesperson behind the counter to guide you.

Skincare professionals can do so much more for breakouts.

In Conclusion, Treat your skin with kindness

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We have all the expertise to treat your skincare needs.

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