Fact or Fiction: Pimples

By: Staff

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

Testosterone is what causes pimples, and both boys and girls have a lot of it during puberty.

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

Testosterone from the adrenal glands stimulates the sebaceous glands. The oil in the sebaceous glands, in turn, mixes with dirt and clogs pores. Et voila, a pimple.

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

Go ahead and have a slice -- junk food doesn't cause acne or make it worse.

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

True. Both kinds of pimples are caused by clogged pores, but blackheads get their color after exposure to the air.

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

Yep, acne can be hereditary.

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

Most doctors will tell you to try a new treatment if yours doesn't seem to be working after eight weeks.

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

Yes, women need to be extra careful about birth control while taking Accutane -- just one dose of it can cause birth defects.

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

Despite what you might have heard, it's really never OK to pop a pimple. You'll just make things worse.

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

Warm water is always best for your face, even if you don't have pimples.

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

Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are ingredients you should seek out in an acne product. Dryness can be a side effect, but for a lot of people, getting rid of zits is worth the risk.

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