What Are Pimples?

Pimple and acne problems are the most common reason people seek professional skincare help.  Jessica Roberts, owner and founder of Jessa Skin in San Rafael, California answers the most frequently asked questions about pimples:

What are Pimples?

Pimples are skin legions or pustules that are infected with bacteria, become inflamed and then fill up with pus.  The pores on the skin’s surface connect to the oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores  connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin.  When people have multiple pimples or reoccurring pimples, it is called acne.

What Causes Pimples?

In short, pimples are caused by blocked pores and dead skin cells that don’t properly shed off the body. There are many  causes of pimples and acne: toxic products, hormones, stress and diet, to name a few.  If you look into these causes, you most likely will find that some changes to your daily routine will help eliminate frequent breakouts.

Should I Pop My Pimples?

While it is tempting to want to pop your pimples, we recommend that you resist the urge.  When you pop pimples, there is a high potential to drive the blocked material into the skin leading to infections and acne scars.  It is advised to only extract whiteheads and blackheads however, pus-filled red, irritated pimples should be left alone.  If you extract whiteheads and blackheads on your own, do not use your fingernails but rather a clean, sterile cotton facial pad.  It is ideal to see an expert esthetician for regular extractions to not only keep pimples away, but to avoid infection and scarring.

For more information on solutions for pimples, please contact Jessa Skin at 415-342-3413 for a consultation.

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