What causes pimples to develop on the face and the head?


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Pimples are caused by bacteria, oil, clogged pores and dead skin, and they appear on the face, head and shoulders as these areas have the most oil glands, according to Mayo Clinic. Acne may also form when hair follicles clog with oil and dead skin cells.

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There are a number of things that can make acne worse, explains Mayo Clinic. Hormones are often to blame for acne that worsens, especially during puberty. During this time, the oil glands enlarge, producing more oil. Certain medications, such as corticosteroids, lithium and androgens, may also cause acne to worsen on the face and head.

There is also evidence that certain foods may increase the acne a person has on the face and head, claims Mayo Clinic. Dairy products and foods high in carbohydrates, such as bagels or chips, have been shown to increase acne in some individuals. There is also evidence, as of 2015, that chocolate may increase the acne that appears on the body. Researchers, however, are unsure why this occurs. It has also been found that stress can make acne worse. However, greasy food, cosmetics and dirty skin have not been shown to affect acne at all, though all of these are common myths.

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