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The life cycle of a pimple

If you are currently scouring the internet looking for a pimple remedy or a pimple cure then be advised that you are not alone in your suffering and their are literally millions of people who are suffering from the effects of pimples, each one searching for that elusive ‘how to get rid of pimples fast’ remedy. It’s not unreasonable to be trying to find the right pimple remover or the right pimple remedies as anyone who has ever suffered from them will know the embarrassment that an infected pimple can cause. Left untreated pimples can cause pimple scars and nobody wants to have their face scarred or worse still suffer from the effects of untreated pimples that develop into acne pimples!

The trouble is that with any health or beauty issue there is an industry of people who are making a very good living on the back of that next miracle ‘get rid of a pimple’ cure that promises to eradicate your problem with their pimple treatment solutions. The facts are somewhat different to the fiction and most pimple treatments are just not adequate enough to deal with your pimple removal overnight. Pimple cures are developed in laboratories and in most cases the people developing these remedies are aiming to eliminate pimples from the outside in. If you truly understand the workings of the body and the basics of dermatology then you will begin to understand that zits, spots or pimples are a natural occurring process that effect almost everybody at some time within their life. I know that this doesn’t make it any easier when suffering from spots but people will always suffer from skin problems as the skin is as vulnerable to disease as any other part of the human anatomy.

What causes pimples!!

A pimple starts its life within the pores of the skin that become clogged with oil produced from the sebaceous glands. It is not fully understood why certain pores become blocked but once a pore is blocked the reservoir of oil beneath is an ideal breeding ground for a specific bacteria that develops into a pimple or a spot. There are many areas of the body where pimples may develop but common areas on the skin are nose pimples, back pimples, face pimples and scalp pimples.

Many times pimple outbreaks commonly start when a teenager hits puberty but pimple outbreaks are also common amongst adults especially between the ages of 25-40. It is especially common for women to develop pimples within their menstrual cycle due to excessive hormone changes brought on by their periods.

Our skin is made up of millions of pores that contain tiny minute like chambers. Within these chambers there sits the hair follicles, and sebaceous glands that serve the skin by producing oil that keeps the skin healthy and hydrated. If one of these pores gets a spec of dirt in it then the pore will block and the oil beneath will become trapped. The trapped oil (sedum) sits around unable to break through to the skins surface and bacteria starts to populate the small reservoir of oil. This then reacts badly within the skins layers and the body begins to fight the infection flooding the infected area with white blood cells.

Ever tried popping pimples? Of course you have. Well when ever you try to pop a pimple you will usually find that the center of the pimple will explode outwards. Analyze the contents further and you should find a hard piece of substance within the mixture that is a small rice like shaped particle. This is known as the blackhead or whitehead and is usually the cause of the obstruction. The white matter or pus surrounding this object is the bodies natural defenses at work which have been producing white blood cells that attack any foreign body. This is the pus like substance that is coating the blackhead/whitehead.

What are Blackheads?

The common name for this skin disease is known as a blackhead but they are also known as open comedones. Blackheads are wider than normal openings in the skin’s pore that are filled with plug like substances called sebum. The blackhead gets its name from a naturally occuring process where the end of the sebum comes into contact with oxygen and begins a chemical reaction called oxidation. This oxidation process is what gives the blackhead its typical black colour.

What are Whitheads?

Whiteheads are very, very similar to blackheads however where the opening on a blackhead is relatively large the opening on a whitehead is considerably smaller and has only a microscopic opening leading to the skin surface. This means that the oxidation process doesn’t occur on the sebum and therefore the sebum remains white.

 

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