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When should I worry about a few pimples?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A true pimple -- sometimes called a zit -- is an inflamed growth on the skin that's caused by acne. Pimples usually go away if you keep your skin clean. You might also try over-the-counter acne products.

If you have a pimple or two that will not go away no matter what you do, see a doctor. Stubborn pimples may need to be treated with stronger medicine that requires a doctor's prescription. Certain skin conditions that need prompt medical attention can appear as pimples.

Don't panic if you have persistent pimples, but don't delay having them examined by a physician. 

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