Characteristics of pimples
Pimples, blackheads or shanks are black or white dots on the skin that occur when a hair follicle is clogged. They are one of the main manifestations of acne.
They appear especially during puberty and, although usually only considered unsightly, they can really cause more or less important inflammation.
They can be seen mainly on the face, especially on the forehead or cheeks. Also, with less intensity, they can come out in the back or chest or, less often, in other body areas.
Symptoms of pimples
The main symptoms are: black spots on the skin, elevated mounds on skin with white exterior, excessive sebum, acne, scars, etc.
Causes of pimples
The main causes of pimples are:
- Puberty: Because an increase in hormones during puberty, there is an greater fat secretion in order to protect and soften skin. Some pores can be blocked by this excessive fat production resulting in a small and bulky white spot (as a the result of the obturation grease exerts). Other times, they have a flat and blackened appearance (as a consequence of the accumulation of dead cells with abundant melanin)
How to prevent or treat shanks
Some tips to prevent or personally treat pimples could be the following:
- Avoid spot removal using your nails. This can easily produce injuries and can cause infections. A pimple should never be drawn manually.
Medical treatment of pimples
Such manifestations disappear with the passing of the years. They generally do not require medical treatment unless they become infected. In this case, they can produce significant infections requiring antibiotic treatment.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.