start to get bumpy
First: Clogged Pores
Pimples start with a clogged pore. Skin cells are constantly turning over, so as old cells die, they're sloughed off to reveal fresh skin every 30 days. But, if you're prone to breakouts, these dead cells mix with oil and clog your pores, trapping oil and bacteria inside
second: the oil slick
Things take a turn for the greasy with overproduction of oil. How? Hormones stimulate glands in your skin to produce oil. However, puberty and stress can throw the whole process for a loop by increasing hormone activity, which causes your glands to produce even more oil.
Third: Bacteria Take Center Stage
Acne bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, live naturally in your skin. They can get trapped inside the pores, and with all that oil to feed on, start to multiply. This causes swelling and redness - the start of acne.
Fourth: Hello, Inflammation
As the final act in the acne drama, when bacteria digest oil, they release an inflammatory grime that leaks out of the pore. Your body detects the foreign mixture and goes on the offensive. Red and white blood cells go to this "infection," causing redness and swelling. The end result is the throbbing, red bump you affectionately know as a pimple.
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