WELLNESS
02/24/2016 02:54 pm ET

An Unexpected Way To Combat Pimples

Good bacteria might be the key to clear skin.

Popping, squeezing, toothpaste-dabbing or wrapping a scarf around your entire face: You have no doubt attempted all methods under the sun to get rid of and conceal some nasty protrusions on your face at some point.

Pimples are a part of life, no matter how much you may detest them. As explained in the AsapScience video above, they form when pores get clogged with bacteria, oils and dead skin cells, alerting the immune system that an infection is occurring. Your body responds by sending blood and white blood cells to the infected area, which unfortunately causes redness, whiteheads, blackheads and, sometimes, an entire "pizza face."

Sadly, zits aren't just for kids. While adolescents are most at risk for pimply faces, we can get blemishes (or even acne) at any age. Stress is a big pimple-producing catalyst, for example, and adult lives are full of it. 

Routinely washing your face is the first step to keeping those bumps at bay. Cleanliness isn't the culprit for those with acne, for which genetics and hormone levels play a role. While several prescription medications address acne, scientists are now looking to a different type of therapy that involves "good" bacteria. 

To learn more about this exciting new development, watch the video above.

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