What is the white stuff in a pimple? The white material in a pimple is pus, formed by oil called sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Watch the animation to learn more about pimples.
Similarly one may ask, what is the medical term for a pimple?
Acne vulgaris: The medical term for common acne, which manifests itself as blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules. Androgens: Hormones that prompt the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms.
What is another name for a Whitehead?
Whitehead: A familiar term for what is medically called a closed comedo. A comedo, the primary sign of acne, consists of a dilated (widened) hair follicle filled with keratin squamae (skin debris), bacteria, and sebum (oil). A whitehead is a comedo that has an obstructed opening to the skin.
What is an infected pimple called?
The reason for pus formation is that normal skin bacteria, called Propionibacteria acnes, break down the skin oil ("sebum") into free fatty acids, which cause inflammation of the hair follicles that secrete sebum. Another kind of pimple is an abscess or furuncle.