About inflamed pores
About Inflamed Pores
Imagine a hair follicle as a tall chimney; the pore will be the opening at the top of the chimney. Sebum is a mixture of grimes consisting mostly triglycerides, wax esters, squalene and free fatty acids. It travels up the follicle, sometimes carrying with it dead skin cells, and exits through the pore. When the sebum can’t get out, it results in inflamed pores and build-up of P. acnes bacteria. Left untreated, it will lead to acne breakouts.
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Some simple changes in your daily routine can help improve your condition. Surveys have shown that sufficient sleep can help reduce stress level. As stress can be a cause for acne flare-up, it is highly recommended to get a good night rest. Other recommended changes include:
a. use mild water-based cleanser
b. give up smoking
c. avoid high glycemic load
d. use products that are labeled “non-comedogenic”
1. What is Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria?
P. acnes are acne-inducing bacteria. It grows deep inside our pores and feeds of the sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands found at the base of the hair shaft.
2. Is acne inflammation caused by P. acnes bacteria?
Yes! P. acnes bacteria can cause acne inflammation within and around the follicle.
3. Is manually squeezing pimples bad for my skin?
Yes, it is. When the sebum is unable to exit through the pores, it will be clogged and resulting in acne. When you squeeze it, you are actually forcing the existing grime deeper into your skin and at the same time, adding more to it. Besides, you may deliberately break your skin and cause scarring that can last for a very long time.
▸ Did You Know?
Acne inflammation can lead to skin discoloration, especially more apparent in dark skin. Darker skin has more cells to produce melanin, and sometimes it tends to overproduce the melanin when trying to control the inflammation. Over production of melanin can lead to high chance of skin discoloration.