The world’s biggest zit has a diameter of nearly 76 millimeters. This is almost the size of a hockey puck. Others are as large as a dime. That is, the diameter is 18 mm. The zit is also known as a pimple.
What Causes Pimples?
Pimples are very common especially among teenagers. It is often due to skin pore blockage. The pimples can appear on the forehead, checks, nose and other parts of the body. The exact cause is still unknown.
People often blame it on chocolates, but not all researchers are convinced. Others think that it is due to allergies, reaction to medications or stress. Others maintain that it is just part of puberty. Although associated with teenagers, pimples also appear on adults.
Cases of people with pimples the size of the world’s biggest zit is very rare. Most of them are small. The biggest ones usually have a diameter of 5 mm. People who do get large pimples probably suffer from acne (acne vulgaris). This skin condition is characterized by the presence of fluids within. Just like the pimple, the cause of acne is still being debated.
Because they are unsightly, some individuals like to pop the pimples to remove them. It is true that popping will remove it. However, the relief is only temporary. Pulling them out may cause infection on the skin.
If the hand used for popping is dirty, the skin might become infected. This could lead to scarring or bleeding. In some cases, it will cause the acne to spread even more.
How to Prevent Acne and Pimples
If you only have a pimple or two, it is best to let it heal on its own. The pimple will usually disappear even if you don’t apply medication. It also helps to wash your face with cool water. Use mild, gentle soap only. Perfumed soaps may cause more skin irritation. Oily skin is susceptible to pimples, so wash your face regularly.
If the pimples persist, there are OTC skin treatments available. Majority are sold as cream or gel. There are many types of treatment available, but the best known are benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and triclosan.
It is very unlikely that you will get the world’s biggest zit. But you should consult a dermatologist if the acne won’t disappear. A visit to your derma will also be necessary if allergies result from taking OTC medication.