Fayetteville, NC
A 17-year-old female asked:

What's the cause of pimples? how do i get rid of them ? or prevent from getting them ? i wash my face every night before i go to bed & morning

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Pimples are caused: by a combination of hormones, genetics and hygiene. This is why they flare during adolescence, young adulthood and pregnancy. Washing your face in the AM & PM is a good start and may be all you need to do. The next step, if they develop anyway, is a mild benzoyl peroxide lotion. If that still doesn't help, please ask your own doctor or see a dermatologist.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Don't ask why: Simply remember that pimples are basically unrelated to lifestyle and you're not causing your outbreaks. Manage them. If topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add presription-strength Rx. One option for a woman is spironolactone -- it's often overlooked. It'll eventually remit but there's no telling when.
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