Pimples

You may feel that the most physically distressing thing about puberty is the skin problems that sometimes develop. Your body has oil glands all over, but especially on your face, neck, shoulders, back and chest. Oil glands are located just below your skin. The hormones that your body is producing causes your oil glands to manufacture large amounts of sebum. The sebum travels up the shaft of the oil glands and into the pores of your skin. This sometimes causes your pores to become clogged and blackheads to form. (Blackheads are not dirt, but sebum which has turned black when it comes in contact with the oxygen in the air.)

Sometimes the sebum gets trapped in the pore just below the surface of the skin and forms a small white bump that is called a whitehead. If the blackhead or whitehead is not dislodged, the sebum may keep filling up the pore, causing pressure and irritation. Sometimes germs will get into the duct and cause an infection. This causes a white puss to develop and, presto! - you have a zit.

ARGH! ONE ZIT RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MY FOREHEAD!

I CAN'T GO OUT WITH A ZIT!

TRUST ME, NO ONE WILL NOTICE IT.

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