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Fact or Fiction: Pimples
by Staff
Pimples. We've all had 'em, and we've all tried our darnedest to get rid of 'em. To pop or not to pop? Should you stop eating pizza to avoid becoming a pizza face? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the inner workings of pimples.

Male teenagers get zits because of high testosterone levels. Increased estrogen during puberty causes acne for girls.

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  • almost fact: Both boys and girls have high testosterone levels in the teen years, and that's a cause for acne.

The increased testosterone that causes zits comes from the adrenal glands.

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  • almost fact: The male hormones come from the sebaceous glands.

"Pizza face" is right: Greasy foods are a contributing cause of acne.

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  • almost fact: Touching your face after eating greasy foods will cause a breakout.

If the oil in a whitehead is oxidized by the air, it becomes a blackhead.

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  • almost fact: Blackheads are pores that have become clogged with dirt.

You're more likely to have severe acne if one of your parents had it.

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  • almost fact: Your risk goes up only if both parents had severe acne.

It can take up to four months for an acne treatment to work.

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  • almost fact: The rule of thumb for any given pimple treatment is six to eight weeks.

Just one dose of Accutane taken by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects.

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  • almost fact: Accutane can cause birth defects, but only in large quantities.

It's OK to pop a pimple if it's a whitehead -- blackheads are the ones you shouldn't pop.

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  • almost fact: It's the other way around -- blackheads are OK, whiteheads are not.

If you have pimples, it's best to wash your face with steaming hot water. The heat will make the zits dry up.

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  • almost fact: You should use cold water because it closes the pores.

You should avoid acne products that feature benzoyl peroxide -- it dries the skin.

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  • almost fact: Salicylic acid is the ingredient to avoid.