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How long do pimples last?

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The length of time pimples or acne last varies depending on treatments, skin care and environment, according to Nemours KidsHealth. Pimples that are treated with prescription medication and ointments may resolve faster, however, hormones and exposure to sweaty environments may lengthen the lifespan of pimples and acne.

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If a person is prone to pimples or acne, it is possible to prevent these breakouts with daily, gentle washing of the face and body with lukewarm water and a mild soap, states Nemours KidsHealth. If skin is scrubbed harshly, acne may spread and pimples may be prolonged or appear redder as the skin is irritated.

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