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What happens when blocked pores on your face become infected or inflamed?

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If blocked pores become infected or inflamed, a pimple -- a raised red spot with a white center -- forms. If the pore clogs, closes, and then bulges, you have a whitehead. A blackhead occurs when the pore clogs, stays open, and the top has a blackish appearance due to oxidation or exposure to air. (This has nothing to do with skin being "dirty").

From: Teens and Acne WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kaminer, M. , 1995. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Chiu, A. . Archives of Dermatology

Bergfeld, W. 1996. Clinician,

Harper, J. July 2004. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

American Academy of Dermatology web site.

NCE Health Care Sites.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

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SOURCES:

Kaminer, M. , 1995. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Chiu, A. . Archives of Dermatology

Bergfeld, W. 1996. Clinician,

Harper, J. July 2004. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

American Academy of Dermatology web site.

NCE Health Care Sites.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

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