Everyone who has acne prone skin knows how devastating it is to our self-confidence and self-esteem. In our war against acne the most important weapon is knowledge.

What Is Acne?

Acne develops when the sebaceous gland, responsible for production of sebum oil gets blocked. The blockage (or comedone) can happen for a number of reasons, such as build up of dead skin cells, snap of the pore walls deep inside the skin, excess or thickened sebum. The sebaceous gland is attached to hair follicles. When the skin function is normal, sebum (oil) flows out the gland to the skin surface along the follicle. When the follicles (or pores) get blocked the oil gets trapped under the skin surface, a common bacterium called Propionibacterium starts to grow excessively in clogged pores. The bacterium irritates skin and contributes to outbreaks, red marks and pimple formation. The development of such pimple, blackhead or whitehead inside the deeper layers of the skin can take up to 2-3 weeks before it pоps up to the surface. The process is often accompanied by inflammation.

Contrary to what most people think, pores do not get blocked from the top down, therefore acne formations are not caused by dirt or other outside factors.

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