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What causes pimples in teens?

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Pimples begin when the pores in your skin get clogged with a type of oil called sebum.

Some sebum is important to keep your hair and skin from drying out. But hormone changes can cause your body to make too much of it.

From: FAQ About Teens and Facial Skin Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

FDA

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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