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The Real Deal on Zits

No matter how many nasty zits you pop, they keep coming back. Acne can show up on your face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even your upper arms. It's not just teens who get pimples - even your parents can get them! The bad news is, teens usually have to put up with it for several years. The good news is, you'll eventually grow out of acne.

Birth of a Blemish

Acne shows up as whiteheads, blackheads and painful bumps called cysts. It usually begins around puberty, when both guys and girls produce more hormones. This increased hormone production causes the oil glands of the skin to get bigger in areas where acne is common. Cells that are close to the openings of oil glands block the opening and a buildup of oil happens under the skin. Bacteria, which normally don't bother your skin, feast on this oil, multiply and cause areas close by to become red, swollen and full of pus. And that is how your average pimple is born.

The Good News

  • Acne isn't caused by your diet. Scientific studies show there's no connection between eating junk food, like chocolate and fried foods, and those awful zits. But, stocking up on healthy stuff like fruits and veggies can definitely help clear up your skin.
  • Acne also has nothing to do with poor hygiene. Acne isn't caused by dirt, so scrubbing your face really hard will only make pimples worse! The best approach is to gently wash your face with a mild soap (Cetaphil works really well) and then carefully pat your skin dry.

The Not So Good News

Acne starts at around age 11 for girls and 13 for boys. Acne is hereditary, so if your parents had acne when they were young, the chance is greater that you will too - what a bummer! If this is the case, visit a dermatologist who will be able to prescribe a temporary drug to get your breakouts under control.

Check out these tips on zapping your zits!

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  • I pop 'em.
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
I hope you don't mind that I moved this to friends, but I thought it'd be more fitting since your question seems mainly friendship based. :) Do you mind being younger than your classmates? Do you feel it inhibits your school experience? I think you should do what feels best to you, whether that be staying behind because friendship has a big impact, or continuing ahead if you prioritize academic growth. Only you know what's right for you. :p If it's any help, I left high school early and went to college. I was already used to being the youngest in my class so it wasn't a huge jump socially, and I found a lot of friends of all ages. :D With that being said, I do still miss being with people my age but it's too late to go back and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.
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YassenGregorovich
I'm 13 and will be going on to 9th grade. I skipped kindergarted  :p and 5th grade. So I'm a lot younger then most of my classmates will be. I'm thinking of repeating 8th grade so I will be more of the same age as the other people in my class. But I'm not sure if I should because I got a B+ or A- average in 8th grade. I need some advice on this. Sorry if this is the wrong section for this I just thought general was the right place. Thanks!  :D
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aftershock
aftershock posted in Style:
Thanks all of you guys for your responses. It seems many of you don't share pics to get help from friends when you're choosing. Thats OK. If anyone does want to go on the VIP list to be the first to try the new app then feel free to complete the info form here: http://goo.gl/forms/FOiKWa4DoAQHxtOx1 
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CoolerThanMyself
I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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Corps
Corps posted in Style:
Thank You Mate :)
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