Frequently asked questions about pimples

Truths And Myths About Pimples

Pimple answers

Is it bad to squeeze a pimple?

Yes, it's definitely bad. Squeezing pimples spreads oil and bacteria and can leave scars that can stay with you for years. Plus, giving in to squeezing that pimple will not give you the quick fix you had in mind. Squeezing actually aggravates the pore and the surrounding area, making it difficult for the skin to hold concealer like it normally would. If you really want to make a pimple disappear, try washing with Clearasil® Ultra® Rapid Action Gel Wash - and follow with Clearasil® Ultra Rapid Action Seal-to-Clear™ Gel. You'll see a visible reduction in pimple size and redness in as little as 4 hours!

How can I get rid of blackheads?

Face it, we've all squeezed a blackhead or two. But squeezing can break the wall of the pore, releasing oil and dirt into healthy skin. It can also leave scars. Blackhead prevention begins with a clean surface. Try Clearasil® Ultra® Rapid Action Scrub to help clear away blackheads and purify the skin.

What causes oily skin? Does it lead to breakouts?

Oil glands in the dermis distribute oil to the skin's surface through openings called pores. Pores can be large and noticeable or tiny and invisible. Generally, larger pores mean a greater chance of breakouts. A good scrub like Clearasil® Daily Clear® Facial Scrub can help keep your pores free of the dirt and bacteria that can plague them.

Can makeup aggravate my pimples?

Oil-based makeup can definitely aggravate pimples. Always look for oil-free, water-based, and non-comedogenic makeup products. And start with a fresh palette. Begin by washing your face, follow with a Cleansing Pad like Clearasil® Daily Clear® Daily Pore Cleansing Pads, and apply your makeup with clean fingertips or a clean cosmetic sponge.

My skin feels so dry so why am I still breaking out?

Dry Skin is no guarantee that you won't break out. The trick is to be diligent about cleansing, without irritating or drying out your skin. Try a gentle yet effective cleanser like Clearasil® Daily Clear® 3 in 1 Cleanser for sensitive skin. It will leave your skin fresh and clean, without drying it out.

Do hormones play a role in my breakouts?

Your skin responds to what's going on in your body. Increased hormone levels can cause pimples and prompt breakouts during puberty, or when you're stressed out. While there's not much you can do to prevent these flare-ups, you can make more diligent use of your cleansers and scrubs to help keep breakouts to a minimum

Can I use my face products to treat pimples on my chest and back?

Yes. Body pimples occur for the same reason as facial pimples-clogged pores: bacteria combined with excess oil. Body breakouts tend to happen in areas where oil glands are most abundant like the chest and back. And the same products that work to fight pimples on your face should do the trick on your chest and back. Try Ultra® Rapid Action Gel Wash, or Ultra® Rapid Action Scrub for these tough areas.

Pimples myths

A blackhead is actually a pore clogged with dirt.

False. Blackheads form due to an excess of oil on the skin that gathers and blocks the pore. When the pore is open, the oil is exposed to oxygen which reacts and turns a dark color, resulting in a blackhead.

If I have oily skin, I can skip the moisturizer.

No. Believe it or not, even oily skin needs moisture, and the right moisturizer can actually help balance your skin and smooth out rough pimples. Oily and acne-prone skin will do best with oil-free, water-based products. Read the labels, they will help you find the products that are right for you.

Adults don't get pimples.

False. There is no age limit to pimples. But hormones do play a key role in adult pimples. The thing to remember is this: generally, adult skin is less oily than teen skin.

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